The Riviera Maya is an ideal base for divers looking to enjoy
deep water diving in Mexico, with access to Cozumel Island and the
peninsula's mysterious cenotes.
Much of Cozumel's diving takes place off its western shore, yet
those seeking deeper thrills should explore the sites towards the
island's southern tip. One of the island's best deep dives, Punta
Sur (Spanish for South Point), brings you to a famous swimthrough
known as 'Devil's Throat.' This narrow, almost vertical passage
begins in a chamber at 25 metres and spits you back out into the
vast blue at 35 metres.
The Riviera Maya also allows easy access to the peninsula's
famous cenotes. These natural sinkholes can be challenging for
divers, but not all require full cave diving expertise. Cenote
Angelita near Tulum, shaped like a well, allows a descent to 40
meters without overhead coverage. It features a picturesque
circular sinkhole with vertical walls reaching 60 meters deep, and
around 30 meters, a mysterious hydrogen sulphate layer creates a
cloudy barrier with eerie tree trunks and branches poking
South of the San Diego-Tijuana border, Baja California is a
narrow, 760-mile-long peninsula flanked by the Pacific Ocean on the
west and the Sea of Cortez on the east.
The Sea of Cortez, praised by legendary oceanographer Jacques
Cousteau as 'the aquarium of the world,' is one of the best places
to dive with playful sea lions. At Los Islotes, you can swim with
these playful pups in shallow water while gawking at boobies,
pelicans and red-chested frigate birds during surface
Approximately eight miles from Los Islotes, the seamounts of El
Bajo offer some of the best deep water diving in Mexico. This site
is a magnet for schooling hammerheads in the deep, as well as
green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles.
Intrepid divers in search of Mexico's best deep water diving
will be spoilt for choice in the Revillagigedo Archipelago. More
commonly known by the name of its largest island, Socorro, this
UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the Pacific Ocean, is
world-renowned for its epic hammerhead diving.
Aside from the schooling hammerheads, divers can mingle with
friendly manta rays, playful dolphins, breaching humpback whales
and at least six other shark species, including whale sharks. With
deep, submerged seamounts as your backdrop, this is the best deep
water diving in Mexico, if not the world.
Our team of dive travel specialists have explored Mexico's top
dive destinations extensively and can curate your dream holiday
itinerary to experience the best deep water diving in Mexico, with
a slew of landlubbing adventures to boot.