While on vacation in Mexico, many people think that in order to participate in activities such as scuba diving, you must be an experienced diver in order to scuba dive. This is simply not the case. It is advised that you have some basic knowledge of diving and also be a strong and somewhat experienced swimmer. What is intriguing about scuba diving in Mexico is that you do not have to be an experienced diver. In Mexico, there are many people who go diving for the very first time.
The general idea of scuba diving in most areas is the same. However, with scuba diving in Mexico, what you will see underwater can be quite different and alluring by the prevalence of underwater animals and plants that can only be seen in the Mexico area. Below is a list of the top 3 reasons why you should consider your first underwater adventure in Mexico:
(1) The Yucatan Peninsula: ‘Cenote Dive’
A ‘cenote’ is vast system of underground rivers, pools, and caverns. Many of these ‘cenotes’ can be found in Tulum in the Yucatan Peninsula. With an experienced guide, these ‘cenotes’ are open for swimming and cave diving. The Yucatan Peninsula is world renowned for its network of underground caverns. Diving in a ‘cenote’ is unlike cave diving and requires no certification beyond OpenWater. The reasoning that no certification is required is because you are never more than 30 feet (50 meters) from an opening. Imagine diving into a lagoon, with sunlight and trees sparkling through the clear blue water. These ‘cenote’ dives also offer snorkeling as well. These ‘cenotes’ make scuba diving in Mexico the ideal place to enjoy your first scuba experience.
(2) Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Cabo Pulmo, The East Cape and La Paz
Baja California Sur, Mexico
The diversity in fish and marine mammals that congregate in this area of Mexico in unmatched anywhere is the Earth’s undersea domain. In this region, scuba diving in Mexico is unparalleled to any part of the world. Three major ocean currents collide here to create a very unique and varied sea life that is present in these fruitful waters. The California current, Panamic current, and the North equatorial countercurrent all interact together and bring an abundant population of plankton. This staple of marine life attracts the whole sea life food chain. This presence of marine life has caused the Sea of Cortez to be labeled the “World’s Richest Sea”. This is especially true for the waters that caress the southern tip of Baja.
(3) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Scuba diving in Mexico can also be a great adventure in the Puerto Vallarta region along the Pacific Ocean. Puerto Vallarta scuba diving is a rare treat as many of the nearby islands and bays, such as Los Arcos, Majahuitas. There is also the Marietas islands, which have been designated as protected underwater national parks. Between the months of December and April, scuba diving in Mexico in the waters of Puerto Vallarta will likely offer views of humpback whales, as mammals migrate to warm seas off the coast each winter. Whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, and a variety of tropical fish also make this safe haven their home. Puerto Vallarta scuba diving has become one of the hottest scuba diving locations in Mexico.