Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Mexico

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Mexico

Scuba diving information in Mexico

Mexico has some of the most spectacular and diverse diving opportunities in the world, from the east to the west coast, from colorful reefs to the unique Cenotes caves, including cage diving with great white sharks, popular in the Mexican Riviera. Cabo San Lucas is the best place in Mexico to find a variety of marine life like tropical fish, whales, porpoise, manta rays and hammerhead sharks. In La Paz there are many wonderful sites, such as Los Islotes, Salvatierra, and El Bajo. Puerto Vallarta and its nearby islands and bays, including the Marietas, are mostly Marine Parks with excellent underwater life and a great place to see migrating humpback whales and whale sharks. In the Yucatán Peninsula divers can find the world-famous Cenotes cave system. The Cenotes are underground caverns and tunnels filled with crystal-clear water, amazing stalagmites and stalactites. There are hundreds of cenotes spread over the entire peninsula, with more than 480 kilometers of tunnels and passageways of which Car Wash and Grand Cenote are the most popular. Cozumel Island is home to Palancar Reef as well as some of the world's best drift diving. It has an abundance of marine life protected by The Cozumel Marine Park like angelfish, barracudas, vadigos, rays, seahorses, octopuses, morays and sharks. In Cancun you can explore both Playa del Carmen, a popular area with great diving spots, and the Chinchorro Atoll, known for its innumerous shipwrecks. The Great Mayan Reef is close to shore and has a wealth of colorful corals, turtles, tropical fish and pelagics, stretching from the tip of Yucatan to the Bay Islands in Honduras. It is possible to watch whale sharks, giant manta rays and dolphins travel through the Gulf of Mexico from May to early September. Mexico diving is possible all year round and has fantastic visibility, with water temperatures ranging from 25°C to 32°C. The hurricane season is from September to October.

Geography and climate

Mexico is a country in North America, which borders the United States of America to the north, and Guatemala and Belize to the southeast. Its has an extensive coastline which includes the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The tropic of Cancer divides Mexico's climate into temperate and tropical zones. Land north experiences cooler temperatures during the winter months. South, temperatures are fairly constant year round and vary solely as a function of elevation.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months after the date of entry to Mexico is required for most nationals. Visas are not required by nationals of Australia, USA, Great Britain, Europe and Canada. For more informations, please contact your travel agent or Mexico's Embassy in your home country.

Health and safety

Vaccination against hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid fever, rabies and diphtheria is recommended. Outbreaks of dengue fever have occurred, so take the due precautions against mosquitos. Please consult a doctor before travelling.

Time zone

Mexico's time zone goes from UTC -6 to UTC -8. DST in the summer (UTC-5 to -7).


Communications in Mexico have a modern network, with public phones that use prepaid phone cards, sold at kiosks and markets. You can buy a prepaid SIM card or use your country's roaming service to use your cell phone. There is also internet available in cyber cafés, bars and hotels.

Power and Electricity

110V/60 Hz. The plugs and sockets are the USA type.

Other Informations

Most crime in the northern cities is related to the drug trade and police corruption. Exercise caution in any major city, especially at night or in high crime areas.

Scuba Diving locations in Mexico

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Mexico? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Mexico, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.


Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Mexico

Which locations in Mexico have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Mexico and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Mexico

Which marine species can I observe in Mexico? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Mexico

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Mexico? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Mexico.

Scuba Diving centers in Mexico

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Mexico? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Mexico. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

Baja Dive

Cabo San Lucas

Blue Motion

Playa del Carmen

Cave Heaven

Playa del Carmen

Dive Life

Playa del Carmen

Pluto Dive

Playa del Carmen