Scuba diving in Manchones reef

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From Boat
Diver level
Average: 8 m
Maximum: 12 m
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 35 m
This shallow reef, over 800m/2'625ft long is located south of Isla Mujeres. Vibrant coral landscapes and abundance of colorful reef fish attract divers of all experience levels. Due to its great natural light and beauty, photographers like this spot.

When to go

Diving can be done any time of the year. The average air temperature varies between 25-30C/77-86F and water temperature between 26-29C/78-84F.

What to see

Coming here divers can explore fields of elk horn, stag horn, brain coral and sponges as well as schools of blue tangs, angel fish, wrasse, trunkfish, grunts, snappers, damselfish and sea breams. Manchones Reef area is also home to the underwater museum (MUSA), so divers can observe nearby sculptures like Cross Of The Bay, Man on Fire, Dream Collector and others.

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