An unusually calm dive in the Revillagigedo Islands, the Canyon near San Benedicto Island regularly hosts large hammerhead sharks in great visibility.
Although the location for humpbacks changes from year to year, Roca Partida often yields the best whale sightings and interactions for scuba divers.
Sunk during a hurricane in 1959, today, the top of the wreck is just 4 feet (1 meter) below the surface, making it a perfect wreck for beginners.
At the Marietas Islands advanced divers can see larger species who ride the currents from the distant blue, including mantas and whale sharks.
As a lonely seamount far offshore, Socorro Island attracts a large number of pelagic species, among them are large groups of giant manta rays.
November to May is considered the best time to dive in Socorro Island. Liveaboards set sail for this remote island at this time, because the sea conditions in the Pacific are calmest during these months. The weather is generally sunny with occasional rain showers.
Manta rays can be seen throughout the year in Socorro, but during the winter months, divers also have the chance of spotting a whale shark or one of the thousands of humpbacks that breed and calve in the area. This is also the best time of year to see mantas and whale sharks near Puerto Vallarta.
At this time, visibility is negatively impacted is by plankton blooms. These are most common around the full moon.
If you love diving with pelagic species, book your holiday between November and May.
Elsewhere in Mexico, November to May is considered high season for general tourism, causing an increase in the prices of flights and accommodation.
June to October are the offseason for liveaboards in the area. Many set their sights on Guadalupe or remain in dock. However, at this time, the water warms significantly, reaching 84°F (26°C) in August and September. For many divers, especially beginners who will find the 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.
If you’d prefer to look elsewhere, try Caribbean diving for a change. The season on the east side of Mexico is year-round.
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A premier holiday destination with a budding scuba industry, Acapulco’s underwater shrine, wrecks and drifts make it a noteworthy dive destination.
Two neighboring resort destinations, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo boast current-free bays filled with colorful fish, an ideal environment for novice divers.
With a shallow, penetrable wreck and some of the most pristine coral reefs in Central Pacific Mexico, Manzanillo is an off-the-beaten-path paradise.
Boasting some of the best diving on the Central Pacific Coast of Mexico, you might happen upon whale sharks or giant manta rays in Puerto Vallarta.
While somewhat limited due to visibility in the region, snorkeling is a possibility for anyone not scuba certified. In particular, the San Luciano Wreck can be explored to the surface. It begins just 4 feet (1 meter) below the surface. In Puerto Vallarta, the Banderas Bay is a protected area full of fish flitting along the rocky bottom. No matter where you find yourself, snorkeling tours will abound in these southern waters.
In terms of pristine natural beauty and scenic seaside vistas, few areas in the world are richer than the Marieta Islands. Protected as part of Marieta State Park, these natural wonders are home to a number of native wildlife species, as well as some of the most breathtaking landscapes in all of Mexico.
The Central Pacific Coast of Mexico has it all. From tiny to huge, your log books will be full of interesting creatures. In terms of pelagic species, frequently reported sightings include humpback whales, whale sharks, oceanic white tips, manta rays, hammerheads, reef sharks and dolphins. You might also see schools of grunts, puffer fish and hawksbill turtles around the brightly colored sponges and stony corals. The seahorses and octopus love to hide out in the walls, reefs and wrecks. The Central Pacific Coast certainly doesn’t disappoint in the marine life category.
The Vallarta region boasts a diverse ecology, including scattered reef systems and the chance to see blue whales and dolphins.
Head to the Marietas Islands, home to an underwater mountain range and first championed by Jacques Cousteau (godfather of scuba). Expect clear waters, volcanic formations, arches, spires, tunnels and caves.
Visibility here is around 40ft/12m on average.
Explore the Princesa Shipwreck, part of a cemetery of small shipwrecks off the beach of Mismaloya.
Get up close and personal with large pelagics like rays, sharks, sailfish, manta rays, whale sharks. You can also see lobsters and turtles, octopuses and seahorses, jacks and yellowtails along with huge eels, sponges, colourful nudibranchs and shrimp!
Ensenada – Experience diving through a kelp forest, through canyons and volcanic vents, dramatic walls, caves. Spot sea lions as you swim.
Guadeloupe Island – A volcanic island located just off the coast where there are great white sharks, fur seals, and tuna in abundance. The cage diving is arguably best in world.
Diving from La Paz – Swim with hammerheads, mantas, seamounts, amber jacks and tuna, and spot schools of sardines around Los Islotes. Whale shark and whale watching cruises are on offer, in season.
Cabo San Lucas – Large schools of tuna, barracuda, sharks, baitfish and steep reef walls dropping from 15 feet down to 500 feet!
Socorro Islands – Dive with humpback whales between Jan and March.
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