Learn to Dive Mexico

Budding divers really are spoilt for choice with a huge variety of diving on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

The Yucatan Peninsula is generally protected from heavy currents with a wealth of great dive sites for beginner divers, boasting healthy coral reefs along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, abundant marine life (think: eagle rays, turtles and colourful reef fish) and MUSA, a shallow underwater sculpture park featuring over 500 sculptures by English artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Up in Isla Holbox, you can also snorkel with the ocean's great spotted giant, the whale shark (June to September). To experience something truly unique, dive in the Yucatan's mystical cenotes, where divers can experience a whole different world of scuba diving exploring limestone caverns illuminated by piercing shards of light (bragging rights included).

While the wonderful watery world is reason enough to learn to dive in Mexico, a huge array of topside adventures are guaranteed to seal the deal, from exploring ancient Mayan ruins to jungle adventures and Tulum's cool beach vibe. Let's not even taco-bout the food (sorry).

Mexico's summer falls in the Great British winter (aka the greyest time of the year), making this a marvellous choice for a winter sun getaway, however, if you choose to visit Mexico during low season you can see green and loggerhead turtles arrive to the white sand shores of the Riviera Maya (May to September). The water conditions stay constant year-round, meaning you can learn to dive in Mexico no matter what time you visit.

The icing on the cake? Direct flights from London to Cancun, meaning there really is no excuse not to learn to dive in Mexico.

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