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Diving in Isla Mujeres
When to go to Isla Mujeres
Diving on Isla Mujeres is a year-round activity. The hurricane season begins in June and can last until November. The high season for diving is from December to March, though the wale watching season doesn't start until May and lasts through September. The average air temperature stays within a range of 25-31C/77-88F. The water temperature stays close to 25C/77F in the winter and 29C/84F in the summer. The visibility varies between 20-30m/65-100ft on average. The currents may vary from low to medium.
What to see
Marine species who come to this area include manta rays, large sailfish, groupers, large barracudas, moray eels, langosta, grunts, snappers and many more. From May to September, hundreds of whale sharks gather just north of Isla Mujeres in a seven mile radius to take advantage of the plankton rich waters.
Scuba diving in Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres is an island in the Mexican Caribbean Sea, located 8 miles off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, near Cancun. The closest airport is Cancun, from there you got to get to Vila de Plamar Cancun (10 km) and then by ferry to Isla Mujeres. Scuba diving and snorkeling here are unforgettable. Isla Mujeres is known for its abundant and varied marine life, vibrant colorful corals, reef and wreck diving, whale shark and sail fish excursions. Isla Mujeres hosts the newly inaugurated underwater sculpture museum, called “MUSA”, opened in 2010 to help preserve Isla Mujeres’ reef systems. Beginner levels will appreciate the still waters and vibrant sea life on the western side of Isla Mujeres, while the east side presents more challenging options for advanced divers, with deeper waters of up to 35m/114ft.
There are over 40 dive sites around the island, most reachable in less than 25 min. The most popular dives include Media Luna, Sleeping Shark Cave, Manchones Reef and several wrecks (Canonero C55, C58 and UltraFreeze). In Sleeping Shark Cave fresh water bubbles with a higher oxygen content attract a variety of sharks (bull, black tip, gray reef, and nurse sharks), making them groggy and allowing divers to get a close-up view.