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.
From November to March, get up close and personal with majestic bull sharks as they arrive in Playa del Carmen for breeding season.
Protected since 1998, Puerto Morelos National Marine Park represents the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef section that is most preserved and closest to land.
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.
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.
There is no bad time to dive in Puerto Morelos. In fact, the water temperatures remain relatively constant year-round and cool only slightly during the winter months.
December to April is considered the best time to visit Mexico and therefore is the most popular time to dive in the Caribbean. 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 77 and 82ºF (25 and 28ºC) in this part of the Caribbean. From November until March, Bull Sharks are commonly found off the coast of Playa del Carmen, and many other pelagic species are attracted to the area by the slightly cooler temperatures during the winter months.
The best time for cenote diving throughout the Yucatan Peninsula is between May and September. These months bring the best light to the caves and result in the better photographs.
Also note that diving in the Caribbean is possible year-round, but you’ll find the best visibility throughout the summer.
Do keep an eye on the forecast during the summer and early fall. These seasons are subject to the occasional hurricane. When there isn’t a hurricane, the weather during the summer is hot and humid with the occasional rain shower.
Furthermore, June to September in particular is best for whale sharks near Isla Mujeres should you choose to take a day trip from Puerto Morelos. And from May to September, green and loggerhead turtles arrive to lay their eggs along the Riviera Maya.
As an added bonus, the summer months are low season throughout Mexico. At this time, you’ll find the best deals on diving and accommodation. If you enjoy uncrowded, Caribbean dive sites, travel to Mexico between May and September.
As a long protected coral reef with a variety of natural environments, the Puerto Morelos National Marine Park is home to an astounding amount of biodiversity. Here you’ll find an abundance of tropical fish, Green sea turtles, Loggerhead sea turtles, barracuda, eels and rays. Nurse sharks hang out in dark swim-throughs, and various species of crabs and lobsters scuttle along the bottom.
For those willing to venture further afield on a day trip from Puerto Morelos, you can dive with Bull Sharks in Playa del Carmen from November to March. Or you can snorkel with whale sharks at Isla Mujeres from June to September.
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