At Punta Isabela, Dos Primos or Punta Gonzalez on the west side of the atoll, divers can drift, spotting colorful fish and eagle rays along the way.
Throughout the atoll, but especially in the site of Aquarium I, Banco Chinchorro is filled with brain coral, black coral and huge barrel sponges.
Hundreds of crystal clear cenotes (caves) can be found throughout Mexico. Cenote Dos Ojos near Tulum is the most famous and is easily accessible to most divers.
A 17th century Dutch galleon lies wrecked in water along the eastern shore of the atoll. Today, you can easily spot 16 of the original 40 cannons.
Further south than Banco Chinchorro, several dive sites exist along the little-dived Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Get here before the crowds do!
There is no bad time to dive from Xcalak. In fact, the water temperatures remain 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 Xcalak. If you enjoy a good balance between topside temperatures and a better variety of pelagic species, the winter months are the best time to dive Banco Chinchorro. 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) near Xcalak.
Diving in the Caribbean and from Xcalak is possible year-round. However, May to November features the best underwater conditions including stunning visibility.
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.
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, May and September is the best time to dive from Xcalak.
Featuring a protected marine park and the Northern Hemisphere’s largest coral atoll, diving in Xcalak is sure to result in marine life encounters unique to your log book.
The healthy reefs play host to a variety of tropical species. Vigilant divers may spot lobsters, groupers, stingrays, sergeant majors as well as hundreds of other species. French Angelfish and Queen Angelfish are among the many fish you’ll spot. Nurse sharks relax among the tunnels and caverns and barracuda stalk their prey in and out of the colorful corals.
Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill turtles are frequently seen in the area. And grouper live among the reefs and wrecks.
As a real treat, you may also have the opportunity to dive with American crocodiles and manatees in the shallows of Banco Chinchorro.
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