Not just a fantastic holiday destination with incredible people, nature experiences, and delicious food, a lot of which is already vegan and plant-based. But Mexico is one of the best scuba diving destinations on the planet, with two coasts to traverse and explore, and some wildly different dive environments. With a large variety of marine life to encounter and offering dive environments for all different skill levels. This is a location for multiple dive holidays.
Mexico is also an extremely popular place to get scuba certified. If you want to become a diver or upgrade your dive certification level, a trip to Mexico may just be in order.
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The diving encompasses the coral gardens of Cozumel to the rich current pelagic dives of the Revillagigedo archipelago. A highlight of many diving careers is a liveaboard trip to Socorro, a dive destination often ranked alongside Galapagos and Cocos Island for big animal encounters that includes whale sharks, Humpback whales and giant pacific manta. But it does not stop there. Pelagic action in the Isle Majueres or La Paz. Whale shark congregations in the Sea of Cortez, or family diving excursions to Cabo Pulmo, Mexico has it all.
Historical Wrecks – Mexico’s waters are home to numerous shipwrecks, some dating back to the 16th century. These wrecks offer a glimpse into Mexico’s history and a unique underwater experience. The most famous wreck diving spots are off the coast of Cancun and Cozumel.
If you tire of scuba-ing in the ocean, you can even dive crystal clear cenotes within the lush forests of the Yucatan. The Cenotes are vast subterranean waterways that offer unqiue vistas and remarkably clear waters.
Get ready to experience whale shark migrations, giant pelagic manta, curious sea lions, stunning corals, and spectacular visibility whilst sustaining yourself with some fabulous plant-based and vegan food. Welcome to the land of chocolate, chillies, and phenomenal scuba diving.
More information about diving in Mexico? Teagan gives his thoughts on the best dive spots in Mexico here. For some reading about the recent closing of Guadalupe National Park to cage diving with great white sharks, check out this article here.
Tortas, Quesadillas, Enchiladas, and Ensalada, Mexico, is blessed with a wide variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, different beans, and various ways to eat them. Traditionally, it is a heavily carnivorous destination, but yet many of the dishes easily translate into being plant-based. We can help you arrange your vegan or plant-based Mexico dive holiday.
If you are unsure where Mexico is, never fear. We have you!
Located to the South of the United States and north of the South American continent, Mexico is conveniently located to access many of the region’s best diving destinations.
The major airport to fly into is Mexico City International Airport. From here, you can transit to many of the fantastic dive destinations in the Americas. You can also transit to Cabo San Lucas, the main departure point for diving Socorro. Some international flights arrive in Cabo, so do check thoroughly.
Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama are just a short trip from Mexico.
The beauty of diving in Mexico is that you do not have to be highly experienced, yet you can do some remarkable scuba diving. To visit Soccoro, you should be an advanced diver with a decent number of dives under your belt, and to properly explore the cenotes, some cavern experience, or side-mount would help. But to scuba dive in places like Cancun, Cozumel, Cabo and La Paz, you can easily begin your Mexico dive journey without being experienced.
Scuba diving in Mexico runs the gamut price-wise from reasonably priced dive resorts or small shop diving to high-end luxury dive liveaboards. Generally more expensive than diving in Southeast Asia, but then you do not get to dive Socorro every day.
Mexico has plenty of PADI dive shops where you can begin your journey as a scuba diver or upgrade your scuba certification. Cancun, Cozumel, and La Paz are all fantastic areas to consider for your next dive course.
Maybe you would like to take some speciality courses in Cabo before descending into the Cenotes. These courses are all easily accessible.
You don’t just have to scuba dive to appreciate what Mexico offers. You can snorkel with Whale sharks, Humpback whales, dolphins, and sardine bait balls in the Sea of Cortez.
With two coasts and different weather conditions. You can dive Mexico all year round. The liveaboard season on the Sea of Cortez side runs from August to November, and you can scuba on the Caribbean side all year round. The best time to dive the cenotes is generally from May to October when the sun is in the best position to light your photographs nicely.
If you are unsure where is the best place to head to for your dive holiday timeframe, contact us, and we can help you.
Mexico is incredible for scuba diving. The large variety of different diving landscapes ensures there is something for everyone. With stunning coral gardens on the Caribbean side and blue water pelagic encounters on the western side, Mexico is well worth a few dive holidays. If you have the right level of dive experience and want to check off some dives of a lifetime, then don’t miss Mexico’s little Galapagos, Socorro.
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