Experience Real Beauty Under The Sea

December 9, 2008 by Allison Davis  
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Ever thought of swimming under extremely crystal clear waters while observing the most incredible marine species that inhabit the Earth?  Stop dreaming and visit a spectacular paradise considered one of the top places in the world for diving. Cancun offers some of the best natural landscapes and the highest quality in resources to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Cancun’s coastline is located in front of the Great Mesoamerican Reef, a system extending 450 miles all the way from Punta Nizuc to the Bay of Islands in Honduras. This reef system is home to 100 coral species, 350 mollusks, and 164 species of reef dwelling fish, sea turtles, crocodiles, lemon sharks, dolphins and manatees, among other exotic creatures. The best news is that you don’t have to travel many hours since there are between ten to 12 coral reefs, some of which are located at only 45 minutes from the shore.

Cancun offers a wide variety of scuba diving centers offering the best in training and equipment for both novice and experienced divers. There are more than 25 fully-equipped water sports centers and marinas that operate under strict environmental standards to avoid any harm to marine life. Also, several hotels offer scuba diving courses to guests in areas of extremely shallow waters. One of the greatest advantages of Cancun is that water depth reaches a maximum of 100ft.

In Cancun, tourists can choose between open water diving and have the opportunity to explore sunken vessels- like the famous C58- or dive along natural caverns and cenotes (sink holes), characteristic of the state of Quintana Roo.

Punta Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos allow for a close encounter with marine creatures such as tropical fish, sea monkeys, grouper fish, parrotfish and invertebrates like jelly fish, crabs, lobsters and octopus. Snorkeling in Puerto Morelos is particularly attractive because the coral reef is located very close to the shore, keeping the waters calm and shallow. Those who want to experience the peaceful mood of a fishing village can visit Holbox Island, Contoy and Isla Mujeres, all of which combine tropical life with the charm of virgin white sand beaches and the Mayan heritage. Visitors can interact with nature through activities like bird, crocodile and turtle watching as well as swimming with whale sharks, dolphins and manatees.