Scuba Diving in Mexico's Riviera Nayarit
A variety of Riviera Nayarit scuba diving experiences are available that will allow you to enjoy the vast array of sea life and underwater scenery in the warm crystal waters of Mexico’s Pacific paradise.
Programs are designed for all levels of participation that provide a fun, safe and memorable dive experience you will treasure forever.
Scuba Diving Programs in Riviera Nayarit
Introductory programs offer a taste of scuba diving so first timers can learn how to use the equipment and prepare for a shallow water dive.
There are “refresher” courses for those who haven’t been “down” for a while, PADI courses for full certification, and even special kids programs to get them started snorkeling and breathing correctly if they are not old enough or ready to dive – truly something for everyone at every level of the sport. Experienced divers will find an array of packages featuring multiple tank dives at a variety of the area’s best sites.
Scuba Dive Sites in Riviera Nayarit
Las Marietas Islands Marine Reserve is part of an underwater mountain range that peaks above the surface and marks the entrance to Banderas Bay from the Pacific Ocean.
This site became famous worldwide after hosting dives and explorations by Jacques Cousteau during the 1970’s. It is a great 1-tank dive, very popular for beginners, with depths of 25-75ft/7.5-23m and an average visibility of 39ft/12m.
El Morro is a diverse dive site suited to small groups of certified divers that is located on the edge of Banderas Bay, six miles west of the the Marietas Islands.
The site is a comprised of a series of rock pinnacles that extend above the Pacific waters, while below the surface they provide a diverse mix of technical dive challenges including 150 foot depths, wall diving, caves and a 50 foot tunnel.
The area is home to abundant marine life --- from tropical fish, lobsters, turtles and octopus to dolphins, sailfish, moray eels and manta rays, El Morro has everything for a world class scuba diving experience.
Los Anegados is located at the outer limits of Banderas Bay about half way between the Marietas Islands and El Morro sites.
It is a rock bank that provides a shallower dive filled with caves and interesting rock formations that begins at about 30 feet below the surface. Marine life common to the site include rays, eels, tuna, jacks and giant mantas.
This is also a great spot for open water qualified divers to experience the generally gentle but majestic nurse sharks that are often sighted in this area.
With a 30-80ft/9-25m depth and 30-90ft/9-28m visibility, these warm Pacific waters make for a great day of diving.
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