With around 6000 cenotes, Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and its extensive subterranean waterways are ideal for experimenting with cavern diving. The popular Cenote Dos Ojos is accessible to most divers.
The MUSA, located next to Cancun, is an underwater contemporary museum of art consisting of over 500 permanent life-size sculptures from English artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
The second largest barrier reef in the world has its northern point near Isla Mujeres, making this a wonderful location to jump in coral-filled waters.
Just off-shore from Cancun, Isla Mujeres sits where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean. As such, it attracts hundreds of whale sharks every year from June to September.
Made famous by Jacques Cousteau himself, shark cave is an isolated dive site which regularly hosts slow-moving black tip, gray reef, and nurse sharks.
There is no bad time to dive the Caribbean. In fact, the water temperatures remain constant year-round and cool only slightly during the winter months, meaning it’s possible to dive approximately 300 days each year.
December to April is considered the best time to visit Mexico and therefore is the most popular time to dive in the Caribbean. These are the months in which you will find a great balance between topside and underwater conditions. Because the winter months constitute high season, you should make sure to book as early as possible in order to secure the best rate.
On average, water temperatures vary between 78 and 82ºF (25 and 28ºC) in Isla Mujeres.
The best time for clarity of diving is between May and September. These months bring the best visibility as well as the best light to the surrounding caves. This results in better photographs.
Also note that diving in the Caribbean is possible year-round. Simply keep an eye on the forecast during the summer and early fall. These seasons do see the occasional hurricane. When there isn’t a hurricane, the weather during the summer is hot and humid with the occasional rain shower.
June to September in particular is the best season for whale sharks near this island.
Chief among the attractions at Isla Mujeres are the world’s biggest shark, the whale shark. These giant yet gentle beasts arrive between June and September every year.
There are plenty of other reef-dwellers to spot. Abundant schools of snappers, blue tangs, grunts and wrasse flit around colorful elk horn, stag horn and brain corals. Parrotfish, Spotted Trunkfish and Queen Angelfish add to the excitement. Eels and groupers live amongst the wrecks. And further afield, a variety of pelagic species can be seen including Hawksbill Turtles, sailfish, bull sharks, nurse sharks, gray reef sharks and blacktip sharks.
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