Every summer, scuba divers from all over the world flock to Cancun to experience its legendary dive sites. Club Caribe members who enjoy diving can take advantage of Cancun’s coral reefs, and experience an unforgettable adventure swimming with sharks, rays, sea turtles and more.
Unique Diving Sites
Cancun and the nearby areas are famous for having every kind of diving you could want. There are several shipwrecks, underwater caves, lagoons and cenotes, each one containing different varieties of marine life.
There is also the Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) which features over 500 life-sized and monumental-sized underwater sculptures in the shape of human beings, animals, houses, cars and other objects. These sculptures were made out of material that is designed to promote regeneration of the coral reefs. MUSA is one of the largest underwater art attractions in the world, and is definitely a must-see for divers.
Villa Del Palmar Cancun’s tour agency can coordinate tours and dives to the various sites for Club Caribe members.
Swimming with Whale Sharks
In the summertime, pods of whale sharks migrate to the warm waters off the coast of Cancun, between Holbox and Contoy Islands. From the end of May to September, over 500 whale sharks visit the Cancun area, so scuba divers are likely to see them during dive trips. June to August is the height of the season to see them. You may be able to see them in large groups of 30-40 sharks.
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the world, growing to up to 40 feet in length, and weighing around 20,000 pounds. They have an average lifespan of 100 years! Even though they are sharks and they have teeth (up to 3,000 teeth!), they don’t eat humans. Whale sharks are the largest “filter feeder” fish in the world. They eat by drawing water into their mouths and eating the plankton and small fish in the water. They are considered to be gentle giants and diving with them is an unforgettable experience.
If you have ever dreamed of swimming with the sharks or experiencing the coral reefs of Cancun, come join us this summer at Villa Del Palmar and let us help make your dreams come true!
Manta Rays, Sea Turtles and Sharks
There are also several different types of manta rays and sea turtles, as well as other kinds of sharks, that live in the waters off the coast of Cancun. The hawksbill turtle can be spotted all year long, while the green turtle and the loggerhead turtle have their high season between May and October. Black tip reef sharks can be spotted all year long. Manta rays have their high season between July and August, while eagle rays are more common in the winter between october and February. However there really is no “low season” for diving in Cancun. The temperature of the water varies by a few degrees between seasons, but lots of wildlife can be seen all year round.
Dive Report and Calendar
There is a graphical calendar that shows which season is best for seeing certain animals off the coast of Cancun. Check it out here.