The underwater diving heaven of Cozumel
Diving in one of the best scuba-diving destinations in the world makes it well worth taking time out from your well-deserved all-inclusive vacations in Cozumel, Playa del Carmen or Cancun. Among the huge variety of other Caribbean dives around Cozumel, one of the most signature experiences is that of Santa Rosa Wall, an intermediate-level dive which boasts an enviable plethora of local sea fauna, with sea turtles, seahorses and much more.
Palancar Reef, off the southernmost point of Cozumel, is a wonderland of coral reef with different sections. Highlights of this reef are Palancar Bricks, offering an intermediate-level dive brimming with coral reef mazes and sponges over a three-mile stretch of canyons and caves; and Palancar Gardens, filled with stunning coral formations, which offers a novice-intermediate level dive for those who are still finding their fins when it comes to diving.
Novel Diving Sites in Cancun and Isla Mujeres
MUSA Cancun Underwater Museum
The creepily fascinating Underwater Museum of Art is tucked between Cancun and Isla Mujeres, and houses hundreds of underwater statues of people, and even a VW Beetle (literally jam-packed with fish), now covered with sea life. The artistic installation has become a favorite of divers and art enthusiasts alike, as well as a boon to the local marine life population.
Cave of Sleeping Sharks, Isla Mujeres
This ominous-sounding site, which featured in a Jacques Cousteau documentary, is located off the north of Isla Mujeres and is a great place to see sharks at their most passive. The phenomenon of the sleeping sharks is a result of fresh water bubbles that attract a variety of bull, black tip, nurse, and gray reef sharks. The air pockets, some 60 to 70 feet below the surface, have a calming effect on the intimidating creatures, allowing divers close range interaction.
Cenote Diving in the Riviera Maya
Cenote Dos Ojos, Playa del Carmen
For those looking for fun things to do in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, visiting one of the many cenotes or ‘natural water sink holes’ is definitely near the top of the list. An added plus for divers is that Cenote Dos Ojos offers a system of enormous underwater caves, eager to be explored. Cool water and stalagmites growing from the limestone rock create an out-of-this-world environment unlike any other.