Mexico

Scuba diving in

Mexico

Beautiful beaches, ancient cultures, and dramatic landscapes blend perfectly with world-class diving in this destination known for its thriving reefs, stunning cenotes, and marine life!

Diving Highlights

  • Dive the lost world of the Maya in Mexico's cenotes - a massive system of underground freshwater caves and caverns
  • Unforgettable encounters with great white sharks at Guadalupe, and encounters with marine megafauna in Revillagigedo and Socorro
  • Beautiful beaches and healthy reefs clouded by colourful fish in Cozumel 
  • Up-close encounters with whale sharks and mantas on both coasts
  • Stunning biodiversity in Jacques Cousteau's aquarium of the world - the Sea of Cortez

One of the most enticing parts of travelling in Mexico is the country's sheer size. No matter where you've been diving, there's always another adventure just down the coast! On land, there’s plenty more to explore, with an all-you-can-eat buffet of cultures, cuisines, and landscapes, all set to a distinctly Latin rhythm.


Destinations in Mexico

  • Baja California
  • Yucatan Peninsula

Baja diving is dynamic and diverse, with unique and dramatic landscapes, powerful currents, and close encounters with some of the planet's most impressive marine wildlife.

Baja diving is dynamic and diverse, with unique and dramatic landscapes, powerful currents, and close encounters with some of the planet's most impressive marine wildlife.


Top Mexico experiences

Incredible encounters with whale sharks at Isla Mujeres Image
May to September

Incredible encounters with whale sharks at Isla Mujeres

Spectacular encounters with whale sharks at Isla Mujeres help make this beautiful Caribbean island a magnet for fans of supersized marine life!

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Year round

Witness the power of marine conservation in Cabo Pulmo

Once overfished to the point of collapse, Cabo Pulmo is now the crown jewel in one of the world's most biodiverse regions - the Sea of Cortez.

Try your hand at cavern and cave diving in Tulum Image
Year round

Try your hand at cavern and cave diving in Tulum

Once believed to lead to the Maya underworld, Xibalba, these flooded limestone caverns offer some of the planet's best cavern and cave diving.

Take your dive adventures to the limit in Socorro Image
October to July

Take your dive adventures to the limit in Socorro

A remote and isolated location, powerful Pacific currents, and supersized marine wildlife on every dive - you've got to see this place to believe it!

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October to February

Explore the Sea of Cortez

Book a liveaboard trip and dive the remote islands and reefs of the ‘Aquarium of the World’ in search of whales, whale sharks, schooling mobula rays and much more.

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December to September

Dive the calm, clear waters of the Riviera Maya

Ancient ruins, beaches and relaxed reef diving at its best, with easy-going currents, endless visibility, and kaleidoscopic coral gardens to explore.

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July to October

Encounter the great white sharks of Guadalupe

Home to a seasonal gathering of great white sharks, remote Guadalupe Island can only be dived by liveaboard. Visitors dive in surface and submerged cages, safely observing one of the Pacific's top predators.

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October to May

Swim with whale sharks and sea lions in La Paz

Each year, gentle ocean giants gather in the shallows around the La Paz harbour whilst Californian sea lion pups play at the famous Espíritu Santo rookery.

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November to March

Come face to face with bull sharks Playa del Carmen

Get up close and personal with one of the ocean’s most powerful apex predators as they visit the region each year to pup. These are baited shark dives, sometimes bringing dozens of sharks in from the open ocean.


Mexico dive seasons

Thanks to the geographical difference between the two, Mexico's coasts have very different climates from one another. The Pacific boasts arid, dry, desert weather all year round, punctuated by wind and storms. The Caribbean, by contrast, is warm and wet for most of the year, with tropical downpours possible during any month. But, no matter which side you choose, Mexico's diving is good all year round!

Pacific Mexico

Mexico's Pacific coast is stunning all year round, with hot, dry days and cool breezy nights. During the summer months between July and September, daily temperatures top out at around nearly 40°C. This time of year is also storm season, with hurricanes and tropical depressions that sometimes bring wind and heavy rain. For the best diving possible, try and visit Mexico's west coast during the shoulder months, just before and after the peak season. During this time of year, you can expect warmer ocean temperatures between 24°C to 28°C, and fantastic weather above water as well - ideal for diving, beachcombing, and other land-based adventures. November and February are favourites among divers in the know!

Caribbean Mexico

Mexico's east coast is warm, wet, and tropical all year round, with a peak in rainfall between May and October. And, the diving is excellent no matter when you visit! During the autumn months, between June and October, powerful hurricanes and tropical storms sweep through the region, but some ocean sites are still perfectly diveable, and the cenotes are all but unaffected. During school and religious holidays like Christmas and Spring Break, Mexico's Caribbean experiences a major influx of tourism. Avoid these peaks in tourist traffic for uncrowded dive sites, lower prices, and a more relaxed experience overall. This region enjoys warmer water than the Pacific coast, with temperatures between 26°C and 29°C throughout the year.


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