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Dive Locations

6 recommended locations:

Cenotes, Yucatan Peninsula

A combination of millions of years of geological activity and climate changes have created an incredible and unique eco-system in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. The Cenotes, caves and caverns can be explored by divers and snorkellers - an excellent adventure.

  • Ideal for viewing:
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Diving & adventure

Holbox Island

Off the northern tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the unassuming island of Holbox plays host to one of the world’s most spectacular marine events each summer. From mid-May to August each year, huge numbers of whale sharks gather here to feed.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Whale shark

Isla Guadalupe

Isla Guadalupe is one of the world’s premier great white shark diving destinations. Reached only by liveaboard, divers can expect exceptional visibility, often multiple sharks per dive and pristine conditions; it is nothing short of great white shark heaven!

  • Ideal for viewing: great white shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Shark diving, Great white shark, Cage diving

Puerto Aventuras

Located a 45 minute drive south of Cancun, Puerto Aventuras is home to a luxury yachting community in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. The main attraction from here is to dive or snorkel the cenotes, but you can also enjoy ocean diving and the Mayan ruins of Tulum.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, southern stingray, whale shark
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Diving & adventure, Learn to dive, Snorkelling

Sea of Cortez

Labelled the ‘world’s aquarium’ by Jacques Cousteau, you can expect an incredible marine diversity in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for its variety of whales and dolphin species the region is best visited in summer and is best suited to more experienced divers.

  • Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, common dolphin, whale shark, humpback whale, olive ridley turtle
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Shark diving, Whales

Socorro

Just one of four islands in the Revillagigedos Archipelago, Socorro is a remote volcanic island rising abruptly from the sea. The area attracts large concentrations of pelagic species and is renowned for close up encounters with giant Pacific manta rays.

  • Ideal for viewing: giant oceanic manta ray, humpback whale, whale shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, common dolphin
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Shark diving, Hammerhead shark, Manta ray

View trips to these locations

Dive trips

Mexico offers exceptional diving on both Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Embark on a liveaboard to Isla Guadalupe or Socorro for big fish encounters, or dive the Cenotes and reefs of the Yucatan Pensinsula. Famed for its large array of wildlife and unique dive spots, there is something for everyone.
6 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Cenotes & Reefs

This dive adventure includes turtle encounters on the reef and a unique, breathtaking experience as you discover the crystal clear water, caves and passages of the world-famous Cenotes in Mexico.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,835 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Socorro Liveaboard

The Revillagigedos Islands are acclaimed for majestic manta ray, shark, dolphin and humpback whale encounters. This adventure includes Socorro and some of the best big fish diving in the world.

  • When to go: Nov-Jul
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,675 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Isla Guadalupe – Great White Shark Heaven

Discover the world’s most exciting great white shark dive site by liveaboard. Enjoy cage diving expeditions in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific and experience nothing short of great white shark heaven!

  • When to go: Jul-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,165 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

BIG in Mexico

Dive the Sea of Cortez, one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. Discover the dive sites around Espiritu Santo and expect plenty of large marine life including sea lions, hammerheads and whale sharks.

  • When to go: Sep-Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,235 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Snorkel the Cenotes

Snorkel with turtles, explore pristine Caribbean reefs, and revel in the unique experience offered by the cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula. This is a snorkelling adventure like no other.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Festival of Whales

Join us in Mexico's Baja California to celebrate the annual gathering of grey whales in their breeding grounds - close encounters with these friendly giants is arguably one of life's ultimate wildlife experiences.

  • When to go: Feb-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,295 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip

When to go

Mexico’s varied dive sites mean travel is possible throughout the year.

Seasons

  • Wet season

    May to Oct: Mexico’s Caribbean coast can experience humid weather and possible hurricanes
  • Dry season

    Nov to Apr: Warm weather and little rain make this a great time to visit

Wildlife events

  • Jul to Sep: Best time to visit the Sea of Cortez
  • Nov to Apr: Giant Pacific manta rays are seen year round in Socorro 
  • Jan to Mar: Humpback whale season at Socorro
  • Aug to Oct: Best months for great white sharks at Isla Guadalupe
  • Jan to Feb: Grey whales migrate up Pacific coast
  • Jan to Mar: Best months for viewing manatees on Caribbean coast
  • Jun to Sep: Whale sharks gather in huge numbers at Holbox & Isla Mujeres
  • Apr to Jun: Schooling hammerhead sharks in Socorro (Apr-Jun)

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