Explore the depths
The southern part of Quintana Roo is an indispensable destination for visiting divers looking for incredible experiences. The diving sites that you can find around the area impose real challenges, either because of their depth or their special characteristics. For example, “El cenote azul”, near Bacalar, is a site that is really out of this world when it comes to diving, because even though it doesn’t provide a spectacular view, it offers tangled root mazes, holes of different sizes, rocky formations over their walls of steep vertical inclination and a bottom that is imperceptible in the distance (more than 90 mts. deep); Plus, it has lots of caves that invite divers to explore them, provided they count with expert guides and the proper training.
Moreover, if you’re looking for a more calm experience, you can practice scuba diving in Mahahual, where no further than one hundred meters from the shore you can find “The great mayan barrier” –the second biggest reef system of the world- which is formed by more than 60 kilometers of coral reef filled with twists and turns where sea life abounds. The inmersions here are characteristically tranquil (there are barely a few currents), its great visibility and escenic diving. It can also be a very surprising place, for besides turtles, lobsters and regional fish, it’s also possible, in some situations, to find some rare species like the manatee. Once here, you can take advantage of the geographical position, since Mahahual is the gateway to two very impressing diving areas:
First, the regionally well-known atoll Banco Chinchorro, Mexico’s most preserved and least famous diving zone, which is, also, a ship graveyard, endangered animal’s refuge, underwater garden, and a very rich fishing zone. Chinchorro is famous for its black coral, its sharks, lobsters and pink snails, but it is also owner of historic richness in the form of over 60 sunken ships –or their remainings- stranded on lively multicolor reefs, with clean, luminous waters, available, even, for people with snorkels.
Also, from Mahahual you can access too to Xcalak’s coral reef national park, yet another aquatic reserve where “corales de cuerno” –an endangered species-, two meters long shad shoals, different kinds of sharks, etc, abound. This privileged immersion zone posesses also a very escenic kind of diving rich in caves and caverns filled with narrow passageways. In this area is also possible to sight dolphins, “calderones” and manatees.
Whatever kind of diving experience you’re looking for, you can’t miss the beautiful destinations you can reach when visiting Chetumal.