Scuba diving in C-56 Juan Escutia

Average: not available
Maximum: 98.4 ft
Mild to strong
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft

C-56 “Juan Escutia”, a former mine sweeper, was built for the US Navy during World War II. In 2000 the wreck was sunk by the Mexican Navy in order to attract marine life. There is a possibility of wreck penetration diving, that can be done through the engine room and the state rooms.

When to go

Scuba diving is possible all year long with conditions being the best between March and November. The average air temperature ranges from 25C/77F to 30C/86F, and the average water temperature varies from 26-30C/79-86F).

What to see

The 46m/150ft long wreck is densely covered in soft corals, and offers a great amount of marine life. While scuba diving here divers will find themselves surrounded by spotted eagle rays and other species like barracudas, large wrasse, moray eels, groupers, snappers.

Reachable from

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    Wreck Diving with Eagle Rays

    Half day diving excursion with one dive at the wreck and one dive at a local reef. In the winter months the wreck is a particular highlight. Eagle rays flying in formation around the wreck and thus ensure a surreal diving experience. Due to the depth and the sometimes very strong currents, the wreck is suitable only for experienced divers. Not far outside the protecting reef is the most interesting wreck of the Riviera Maya. The former mine sweeper C-56 Juan Escutia was intentionally sunk in 2000 off the coast of Puerto Morelos. A sister ship of the C-56 Juan Escutia was sunk off the coast of Cancun and another off the coast of Cozumel. The wreck of Cozumel is located at a depth of 20m and was never really adapted by nature and the wreck before Cancun was torn apart in several parts by hurricanes.

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