Coral formations, caves, cliffs, walls and tunnels represent a labyrinth in which fascinating fish weave and hide. Ideal for all levels of diver.
Home to whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, schools of tuna and more, the circular path around this outlying rock is a great advanced, deep dive.
November to May is considered the best time to dive in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, because the sea conditions in the Pacific are calmest during these months. The weather is good too; generally it’s sunny with an occasional rain shower.
Divers also have the chance of spotting the rare whale shark or manta ray during these months.
At this time, however, visibility is negatively impacted is by the very plankton blooms that attract the pelagic species. These are most common around the full moon.
If you love diving with a tone of marine life in calm underwater conditions, book your holiday between November and May.
Please note, November to May is considered high season for general tourism, causing an increase in the price of flights and accommodation.
June to October is the offseason for general tourism in the area. However, at this time, the water warms significantly, reaching 80°F (27°C) in August and September. For many divers, especially beginners who will find deep and open ocean sites difficult to reach, the summer months are an ideal time to dive.
In addition, visibility is at its peak from June to October. It’s also low season for tourism throughout Mexico, meaning you should find excellent deals on accommodation, airfare and excursions. However, you will have to battle the hot and humid summer weather while topside.
The variety of fish life at Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is fairly diverse for the Central Pacific coast of Mexico. On any given dive, you may encounter crabs, octopus, seahorses, moray eels, stingrays, electric rays, lobsters, starfish, puffer fish, trumpetfish, angelfish, drumfish, grouper, jack, goatfish, grunts, flounder, parrotfish, guitarfish and triggerfish.
Lucky divers might spot sea turtles, eagle rays, manta rays, whale sharks and white-tipped reef sharks. Whales are sometimes seen from the boat or heard while under the water.
Unfortunately, the rapid development of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo has diminished biodiversity in the area. Following environmental concerns, construction on several new developments has been halted with the hope of forging a new path forward which ensures the survival of the underwater ecosystem while accommodating the growing tourist trade.
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