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Mexico diving

Mexico is a vast country with diving off the east and west coasts, with a range of seasonal variations too.

Mexican west coast diving

West coast Mexico diving is either in the Sea of Cortez from La Paz, Cabo Pulmbo, or Cabo San Lucas, or out in the Pacific.

From November to May the Revillagigedos Archipelago (more commonly known as Socorro) brings divers up close with giant mantas, 10 difference species of shark, and migrating humpback whales (January to April for the whales). From June to October the focus switches to Gualdelupe Island for cage dives with Great White sharks. 

The Revillagigedos Archiplego is made up of four uninhabited islands, Socorro, San Benedicto, Roca Partida and Clarion, some 400 kilometres south of Cabo San Lucas, making this a liveaboard only desitionation. The archipelago possesses a unique ecosystem with many endemic plant and animal species and thus the islands are often called Mexico's Galapagos. It is as remote, as diverse, as pristine, and even less inhabited than Ecuador’s pearl. For divers, this is the Ppace to go for unforgettable manta diving, which is as unique as the Archipelago itself. This is the only place on Earth where you will – guaranteed – dive and interact with giant mantas. 

The giant Pacific mantas which you will meet at Socorro are the largest of the rays and, probably, the most majestic creatures in the ocean. They swim by moving their wing-like pectoral fins, which can grow up to 9 meters wide, but usually average about 7 meters. They are very acrobatic, able to leap high from the water, and here, at Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers! They come in very close - less than 1 meter! - make eye contact with you and then swim along beside you - totally on their terms. What is even more extraordinary, mantas will often wait at the dive site while you take your surface interval and be there to greet you on your next dive. Shark-sighting is also very good at Socorro Island with common sightings of silky, galapagos, hammerhead, whitetip and silvertip sharks. Whale sharks are usually spotted in the first half of the season and then it's the whale season when a population of 1200 humpbacks moves into the island's waters.

Guadalupe Island (Mexico) is the top destination for great white shark encounters. This small volcanic island located in the Pacific 240 kilometres (150 miles) off the west coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-seeing consistency and watching conditions. Only Guadalupe Island can boast shark viewing in 40-metre visibility and the bay where submersible cage diving operations take place has a population of 94 great white sharks, guaranteeing unforgettable encounters.

Sea of Cortez

La Paz is the most popular dive area in California Sur and with good reason. It also has a reputation for whale sharks. During the summer and autumn, there is an excellent chance of swimming with the largest fish in the world, who generally move south as the season advances.  La Paz was put on the map in the 1980s by the scalloped hammerhead,  when divers could meet massive schools off El Bajo and Las Animas, but nowadays these schools have been replaced with occasional hammerhead action. During the winter mobula rays are common and manta rays are also occasionally sighted. Another big draw is the friendly sea lion colonies,  presenting fantastic photo opportunities. Sea Lions are found in a number of places in the Sea of Cortez, but the best is at Los Islotes.

Other often-seen marine life includes huge schools of jacks and baitballs, tuna, wahoo and lots of other fish, dolphins, eels, jawfish, and rays. Macro life can also be good, including nudibranchs, shells and various crabs and shrimp.

 

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