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There are more than 50 diving sites less than 25 minutes away from the Island. In front of its coasts is the Isla Mujeres National Park, Punta Cancún and Punta Nizuc with more than eight thousand hectares and occupies part of the Great Mayan Reef with a unique biodiversity.

This little paradise also offers you the opportunity to swim in the tranquility of the night and observe different marine species that cannot be seen in the sunlight. The Manchones reef is one of the best places for this experience.

TOP DIVE SITES IN ISLA MUJERES

Los Manchones (The Spots)

It is located about 10 minutes from Isla Mujeres and has a coral bank 12 km long by 700 km wide.

At a depth of 9 to 12 m (30 to 40 ft.) you find incredible coral landscapes that are a paradise for underwater photographers.

Here is a bronze crucifix that offers an additional attraction that was submerged as part of the celebration for the 140th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres, it is a tribute to all the people who have died at sea.

It is considered the ideal place for those who want to learn to dive in the Mexican Caribbean. The reef presents a great diversity of coral species and thousands of tropical fish as well as: turtles, sponges, starfish, rays, lobsters, nurse sharks and barracudas, among others.

In this reef is the Underwater Art Museum with almost 500 sculptures submerged at the bottom of the sea that have become the largest artificial reef in the world and is home to numerous marine species.

 

Diving in Isla Mujeres

Arrecife Bandera (Flag Reef)

It has uneven terrain with a maximum depth of 12 m (40 ft.). Like all those in the area, it has abundant corals and sponges and it is easy to see mollusks, crustaceans, groupers, barracudas and at the greatest depths, nurse sharks and moray eels.

Arrecife Cuevones (Big Caves Reef)

Unfortunately this reef was partially destroyed by a ship in 2007, so it is recovering, but it is still the habitat of rich marine life.

Arrecife El Túnel (The Tunnel Reef)

It has a depth of 15 m (50 ft.) and is home to angel fish, parrot fish, grouper, manta rays, nurse sharks and moray eels, among others.

San Toribio Reef

It has a depth of 16 m (52 ft.). Turtles, manta rays and nurse sharks abound on this colorful reef.

 

El Farito Reef

It is another very good option for diving since it has a great variety of marine life, like the coasts of Yunque Islet.

Tavos Reef

With a depth of 11 m (35 ft.) it is one of the smallest reefs and has unique rock formations that create tunnels and crevices through which you can watch whitetip reef sharks swim.

Arrecife Media Luna (Crescent Moon Reef)

At a depth of 10-12 m (30-40 ft.) it has channels, arches and bridges where you can enjoy a great variety of corals with large anemones, sea urchins and lobsters.

Arrecife Puentes y Pailas (Bridges and Pailas Reef)

It is located 5 minutes from the island by boat and a depth of 12 m (40 ft.) It has several caves, bridges and tunnels to explore. It is home to a wide variety of marine fauna such as: barracudas, nurse sharks, turtles, lobsters, parrot fish and horse mackerel, among others.

Arrecife Piedra Atravesada (Traversed Stone Reef)

It is located 30 minutes from the island with a depth of 18 to 21 m (60-70 ft.) and has colorful coral habitat for octopuses, starfish, parrot fish, manta rays and horse mackerel.

Arrecife Punta Negra (Blacktip Reef)

It is located 35 minutes from the island with a depth of 21 m (70 ft.). It is the place where the second largest barrier reef in the world begins. It has little current and it is easy to find turtles and sharks.

Arrecife Punta Sur (South Point Reef)

It is located 15 minutes from the island where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea. At a depth of 10 to 12 m (35 to 50 ft.) you can explore an old shipwreck, however due to the strong currents it is recommended for experienced divers. It is not difficult to see dolphins, sea turtles and barracudas.

 

Atlantis

It is a place with calm waters, good visibility and excellent for beginners. You can find turtles, barracudas and the occasional nurse shark.

El Hondureño

A shrimp boat sunken in 1988 at a depth of 21 m (70 ft.). It is a place to find everything from parrotfish, groupers and snappers to nurse sharks.

Sleeping Sharks Cave

Just 30 minutes by boat from the island is a unique place that has fascinated marine biologists from all over the world.

In the cavities of the cave there is a high concentration of oxygen that reduces salinity and thus the sharks do not need to move and can remain immobile for several hours.

This amazing adventure is recommended for experienced divers as it is located at a depth of 20 to 30 m (65 – 98 ft.).

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