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Best Diving Destinations in North Pacific Coast
The Most Beautiful Dive Sites in North Pacific Coastall 39 dive sites
About North Pacific Coast
Best known as the Mexican Riviera, the Pacific Coast is good for divers of all experience levels, especially for those who prefer diving in the open sea, enjoy the liveaboard experience and are ready for cooler water conditions. The most popular dive destinations are Acapulco, Huatulco, Ixtapa, Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta. The many dive sites in this region offer sunken ships, walls, sea mountains, caves (rock formations) and more.
Most popular dive sites
Some of the must see dive sites include El Paraiso, El Morro, El Elefante, Torrecillas, Anegada. Anegada offers labyrinthine rocks to swim through while watching schools of fish and an archway covered with corals and sea fans home to all kinds of nocturnal species such as squirrelfish and soldierfish. El Naufragio is a shipwreck where divers may also see brilliant blue and yellow sweepers and Moorish idols inside the boiler. Las Marietas Islands Marine Reserve is part of an underwater mountain range that peaks above the surface and marks the entrance to Banderas Bay from the Pacific Ocean. La Roqueta Island offers calm, clear waters with an abundance of fish. Experienced divers can also enjoy this site as there are some caves to explore.
When to go to North Pacific Coast
The best season to dive along Mexico's Pacific coast is between August and February. From March to July the visibility is reduced because of plankton blooms.
Water visibility averages around 50-80ft/16-27m.
Water temperature averages 78-83F/25-28C.
What to see
Divers can find sandy and rock bottom with small coral formations, sea fans, barnacles, gorgonians, starfish, trumpetfish, jacks, mackerel, seahorses, eels, sea snakes and sometimes turtles, whale sharks and manta rays.