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The Most Beautiful Dive Sites in Riviera Maya
Kukulkan Cenote Must see
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Temple of Doom Must see
About Riviera Maya
The stretch of Caribbean coast known as the Mayan Riviera is a delightful area of beautiful white sandy beaches and warm turquoise seas. All types of scuba diving are possible in Riviera Maya: reef, wreck or cavern diving, with a drift, with nitrox or with bull sharks. The coastal currents here feed some of the most amazing dive sites in Central America, which are rich with coral and sponges, and host hundreds of species of fish, including eagle rays, moray eels, lobsters, french and queen angels, lemon sharks, spadefish, parrotfish as well as lots of angelfish, most all of the typical Caribbean reef fish, and of course, sea turtles. Some of the popular dive sites are: The Great Maya Reef, Gran Cenote Island, Car Wash, Dos Ojos, Padre Verde, Barracuda, Jardines, Palancar Caves and Columbia Wall. The Great Maya Reef is one of the largest reef systems in the world. It stretches 970km/600ml along the coasts of Mexico and Central America and hosts a diverse ecosystem with more than 600 species of fish and nearly 100 species of coral. Padre Verde, a famous wall, is very different in formation from the classical endless 'drop off' reef. It has sections of walls which are split by sloping hills of sand (max depth 30m, average visibility 30m). The island of Cozumel is a marine park with spectacular coral walls and huge canyons. There are more than 15 dive sites near Cozumel (visibility is within 60m). Also, just inland the famous cenotes with very good water visibility can be found. Some cenotes have intricate cave and underground tunnels that attract advanced and appropriately trained divers from around the Globe. Some of the best cenotes are: Tajma Ha, Chac-Mool, Gran Cenote Island, Dos Ojos, Casa Cenote. There are also interesting wrecks to visit: wreck of the C- 53, wreck of the C-58 ( this dive is recommended for experienced scuba divers, it lies in an area frequented by manta rays, barracuda, groupers and other impressive marine life).
When to go to Riviera Maya
The climate In Rivera Maya typically varies from tropical to desert. Air temperature ranges from 19-32C/66-89F, average water temperature is around 26C/78F. The rainy season runs from June through October and the dry season is typically from November to April, which is the best time to visit. May and June often have the highest humidity.