Scuba divers love the Mexican Pacific for its fabulous diversity and abundance of sea life. In fact, thanks to the industrious little plankton we have on this side of the country, we actually have a richer flora and fauna than the Caribbean! Here we’ll give you a glimpse of what you can expect on your next visit to paradise.
If, by chance, you’ve never strapped on a tank and a mask you’re going to have to take a special class to acquaint you with the art of scuba. Beginners will learn how to use the equipment and get ready for their first dive in very shallow waters; they can also learn how to snorkel. First on your list is to contact one of the expert scuba schools in the area and ensure they have the international PADI certification. This course teaches you the scuba basics, equipment and the techniques you’ll need. The experts will walk you through everything you need to know about this amazing sport. If you’ve already been under the waves and just need a refresher, the course will be much shorter and you’ll simply need to present the adequate credentials that correspond to the courses you’ve taken to dive into the underwater world of the Riviera Nayarit.
Some of the best dive sites are:
The Marietas Islands, which are only five miles north of Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit, and are part of an underwater mountain range rich in biodiversity. It also marks the entrance to the Bay of Banderas, with a water temperature of 62-86°F/17-30°C, an average visibility of 39 ft./12 meters and a depth of 25-75 ft./7.5-23 meters. Here you’ll observe coral, turtles, lobster, multicolor fish and manta rays. The Marietas Islands are a Natural Protected area categorized as a National Park since 2005, as well as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2008. Please remember to take nothing except your memories and photographs from here or Playa Escondida. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the underwater world as you sway to the current, which is quite gentle. Jacques Cousteau made the area famous during his explorations in the 70s.
The Anegados has a water temperature of 62-82°F/17-28°C, an average visibility of 30-90 ft./9-28 meters and a depth of 30-80 ft./9-25 meters. It’s right outside of Banderas Bay, between the Marietas Islands and El Morro. Among its outstanding features are caves and rocky formations. The water in this area is shallower, so you’ll be able to view mantas, tuna and jack mackerel as well as the truly giant manta rays. It’s simply breathtaking.
El Morro is located approximate six miles west of the Marietas Islands near Banderas Bay. The area is made up of rocky knolls at a depth of up to 150 feet. You’ll find caves, tunnels and rock walls… Everything an expert scuba diver could wish for! As far as fauna is concerned, there are schools of multicolored fish, lobster, dolphin, manta rays, moray eels, turtles, seahorses, mackerel, yellow tail and sail fish. It’s an under water fiesta! The average temperature is 62-82°F/17-28°C; average visibility is 40-120 ft./12-36.5 m and the depth is 30-80 ft./9-39.6 m.
These are three great reasons for scuba diving in the Riviera Nayarit: don’t miss this amazing opportunity to visit Mexico’s Pacific Treasure!
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