Scuba Diving in Riviera Nayarit | Family Vacations in Mexico

No Better Way to Explore Marine Life

If you’ve ever wanted to go scuba diving with whales, dolphins or sea turtles try scuba diving in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.

Many different types of whales migrate here for winter feeding and mating, and are plentiful in the Banderas Bay area of Riviera Nayarit between December and March. This is also a great time to see dolphins, manta rays, and sea turtles while scuba diving in Nayarit.

Many of the towns along the Pacific Coast of Riviera Nayarit, including Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, Punta Mita, and Sayulita offer a variety of scuba diving experiences, allowing you to enjoy the vast array of sea life and underwater scenery in the warm crystal waters of Mexico’s Pacific paradise.

Scuba Diving Vacations

Come vacation in Riviera Nayarit where you can find scuba diving programs designed for all levels of participation that provide a fun, safe, and memorable dive experience you will treasure forever.

Beginners Scuba Diving Courses

These beginner scuba diving lessons offer a taste of the scuba diving experience so first timers can learn how to use the equipment safely and prepare for a shallow water dive.

Refresher Scuba Diving Courses

You can also find “refresher” scuba diving courses for those who haven’t been “down” for a while, including 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. Book a scuba diving vacation in Riviera Nayarit – there is something for everyone at every level of the sport.

Experienced Scuba Diving in Nayarit

Experienced scuba divers will find an array of scuba diving packages featuring multiple tank dives at a variety of Riviera Nayarit’s best scuba diving locations like the ones listed below.

Banderas Bay Nayarit Scuba Diving Sites

Here are three of the best Riviera Nayarit scuba diving sites near Banderas Bay with easy access from Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos, Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Bucerias, Destiladeras, and Punta Mita.

Marietas Islands Scuba Diving

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. Home to the world famous “Hidden Beach”, this site became famous worldwide after hosting dives and explorations by Jacques Cousteau during the 1970’s. Marietas Islands are ideal for a great 1-tank dive offering a great eco adventure diving experience for beginners with depths of 25-75ft/7.5-23m and an average visibility of 39ft/12m.

El Morro Scuba Diving

El Morro is home to abundant marine life with everything from tropical fish, lobsters, turtles, and octopus, to dolphins, sailfish, moray eels and manta rays. El Morro is a diverse scuba diving site suited to small groups of certified divers. It is located on the edge of Banderas Bay, six miles west of the Marietas Islands. The El Morro scuba diving site is 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, cave diving, and a 50 foot tunnel dive. The El Morro dive site has everything for a world-class scuba diving experience.

Los Anegados Scuba Diving

The Los Anegados diving site is located at the outer limits of Banderas Bay about half way between the Marietas Islands and the El Morro diving site. Los Anegados is a rock bank that provides a shallower dive filled with caves and interesting rock formations that begins at about 30 feet below the ocean’s surface. Marine life common to the Los Anegados diving site include rays, eels, tuna, jacks, and giant mantas. Los Anegados 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 visibilities, these warm Pacific waters make for a great day of scuba diving in Riviera Nayarit.

About Riviera Nayarit CRB

The Riviera Nayarit Convention & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization funded by resort hotel members and dedicated to promoting tourism in Riviera Nayarit Mexico. Our Hotel Membership continues to grow with more than four-dozen Nayarit hotels and resorts participating. Riviera Nayarit is now a leading Mexico vacation destination preferred by travelers from around the globe.

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Male scuba diver singling to camera
Group of people in a boat inside Marietas with natural bridge behind them
Four scuba divers on the sea floor
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