Puerto Morelos Diving
There is no bad time to dive in Puerto Morelos. In fact, the water temperatures remain relatively constant year-round and cool only slightly during the winter months. Puerto Morelos Diving is a great activity to do as a beginner diver as well as advanced diver. You will dive on the 2nd largest reef barrier or amazing cenotes, you can also, if you are certified diver, explore the shipwreck located 20 min boat ride from Puerto Morelos.
Scuba Diving in Puerto Morelos
A dive trip to Puerto Morelos allows you to explore a dozen sites, most of them in the Puerto Morelos Marine Park. Here, divers can observe all the underwater fauna of the Caribbean such as nurse sharks, angelfish, stingrays, barracudas, and green morays. These sites are accessible to all levels of divers. Diving in Puerto Morelos is possible all year round. Nevertheless, the season is optimal for wildlife from November to March. The water temperature varies between 26°C in winter and can reach 30°C in summer. Visibility varies from 20 to 60 meters.
Also, several other opportunities to dive in the Riviera Maya including the Cenotes in Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, the island of Cozumel Marine Park, Playa del Carmen and MUSA-the Underwater Museum in Cancun/Isla Mujeres.
Puerto Morelos is also the perfect place to learn scuba diving while taking an Open Water Diver, a Level 1 course, or to do a Discover Scuba Diving. And if you are not a diver, snorkeling in Puerto Morelos will be a great experience.
Puerto Morelos Dive Sites
Located half way between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos is one of the last small fishing village of the Riviera Maya cost. For this reason, local residents carefully and delicately preserve the reef that you find only a half kilometer from its coast. In fact, thanks to their efforts, it was declared a protected National Park in 1998.
Puerto Morelos is home to the best preserved section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. This piece of the second largest barrier reef in the world is also closer to land in Puerto Morelos than anywhere else in Mexico.
Green sea turtles, Loggerhead sea turtles, barracuda, eels and rays. Nurse sharks hang out in dark swim-throughs, and various species of crabs and lobsters scuttle along the bottom.
The most popular dives sites in Puerto Morelos are the followings:
Best time to dive in Puerto Morelos
There is no bad time for a Puerto Morelos diving trip. In fact, the water temperatures remain relatively constant year-round and cool only slightly during the winter months ( from november to February ) being the best between March and November. The average water temperature stays around 20C/86F with water visibility ranging between 20-40m/60-120ft year-round.
What will you see diving in Puerto Morelos?
The underwater landscape is quite remarkable and is teeming with marine life, including hundreds of varieties of fish along with barracudas, turtles, eels, rays and occasionally a nurse shark.
Puerto Morelos Wreck Diving
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is known as one of the most beautiful in the world. Dive 90 feet under the clear waters and near the white sandy coast of Puerto Morelos into the hauntingly amazing shipwreck C-56 Mind Sweeper.
Puerto Morelos diving will make you feel like a historian doing an important exploration under the sea, looking for lost pieces of history.
The depth for diving in the Cañonero C-56 Juan Escutia is 90 feet and is ideal for amentes of shipwrecks in the Riviera Maya This boat is full you can still observe the wreck while diving in Puerto Morelos. The striker Juan Escutia C-56 is located within the boundaries of the marine park at a distance of about 2 kilometers from the coast and is reached from the port of Puerto Morelos on a tour lanche 25 minutes.
Laying perfectly upright, with the keel on the sand at 90ft, the 184ft long Mexican Gun Boat was quickly inhabited by various marine life. The deck, at 64ft, is teeming with life and it’s common to see a large shoal of Big Eye Travellies hunting there. As you travel around the wreck you commonly see large Wrasse, Groupers, Morays and, looking up, flights of Eagle Rays. Soft corals have colonized the wreck and now offer a home to many Arrow crabs and Fire worms amongst other small crustaceans and invertebrates.
Puerto Morelos Cenote diving
Puerto Morelos diving is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, specially when it comes to scuba dive in cenotes. You will get to explore natural sinkholes formed from limestone bedrock. Well rated, Tulum is famous for cenotes diving, in the RUTA DE LOS CENOTES in Puerto Morelos, there are 3 cenotes that will blow your expectations!
Cenote Zapote _ Cenote Zapote is the world’s weirdest dive site. The cenote is best known for the geological formations found beneath the waters of the cenote. The notable Hell’s Bells is the most popular rock formation you will encounter. The opening of the sinkhole from above is nothing like the size and depth of the Cenote Zapote. Once you dive, it opens up into a massive underwater cavern.
Cenote 7 bocas _ Sieta Bocas translated means the ‘Seven Mouths’. The cenote is named for the seven openings which are all connected by the cavern area underneath the roof. For diving enthusiasts, Cenote Siete Bocas is a great destination to go. But this dive site is limited only for advanced level divers. Cenote Siete Bocas is often called cenote “Milky Way” by those who have dived the site. The reason for this name is the gigantic Hydrosulfide cloud that appears in the water. Seven light beams enter through the roof and on a sunny day you can expect one amazing light show during your dive.
Cenote Maravilla _ Heaven for photographers and free divers, the cenote is a sinkhole with the shape of a bell, where the entrance is a hole in the middle of the top. The really thick sulfur cloud offers views that look from another planet… When the sun is high, it has one tremendous beam of bluish-green light penetrating the depths from the single hole in the cavern ceiling. Level required is Advanced Open Water!
Puerto Morelos Diving
Puerto Morelos is also the perfect place to learn scuba diving while taking an Open Water Diver, a Level 1 course, or to do a Discover Scuba Diving. Puerto Morelos diving offers to divers the opportunity to observe all the underwater fauna of the Caribbean such as nurse sharks, angelfish, stingrays, barracudas, and green morays. These sites are accessible to all levels of divers.
Puerto Morelos Diving
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