Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef, Riviera Maya offers some of the best diving experiences in the Caribbean. Diving in the Riviera Maya is one of the most sought-after recreational activities in the area thanks to local experts that have made diving one of the leading pastimes on the coast. Isla Mujeres is a small island just off the shore from Cancun only a short way from the airport. It’s about a 40-minute drive from the airport and short 15-minute ferry ride from Puerto Juarez.
Island life is just off-shore
Isla Mujeres is a beautiful destination with fantastic beaches, excellent dining and plenty of diving sites for everybody to enjoy. Whether you’re an amateur diver or professional Isla Mujeres has the dive site for you. Towards the north and east of the island, the part facing Cancun, you have large coral heads scattered about in quite shallow waters no more than 45 feet in depth.
Thanks to the protection of the island there are hardly any currents, so you’ll be able to observe with ease all the tiny details of these formations. Plus, there are large schools of tropical fish swirling around you in a mesmerizing display of colors. The opposite side of the island is recommended for the more experienced divers. This area is popular for the adventure seekers that enjoy exploring shipwrecks for a more thrilling experience. Isla Mujeres also has some of the best snorkeling on the coast and even glass bottom boat tours for those who prefer to keep their heads dry while they explore the Caribbean Sea.
Art becomes an artificial reef
The island is also home of MUSA, the underwater museum, between the coast of Cancun and Isla Mujeres. The museum is part of a conservation project to promote coral life. Inaugurated in 2009 the site now counts with more than 500 sculptures fixed to the seabed. The project itself is quite ambitious as it hopes to create a man-made reef through these installations combining art and environmental science. Today, the submerged exhibit shows signs of hope for endangered species of coral though at an extremely slow rate. However, this is an excellent dive for the aficionado nature lover to appreciate the smallest of creatures. A yearly visit will surely be necessary to appreciate the growth of these marvelous subaquatic lifeforms.
Ready to take the dive into Isla Mujeres? Reach our to our at friends at Carey Dive Center or reach out to Paulina and she can get your dive all set up for you too.