THE BEST CARIBBEAN CORAL REEFS FOR SCUBA DIVING
Are you planning your next scuba vacations? I’m sure you are wishing to jump again into the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Coral Reefs, don’t you? Then, you are in the right place to be. In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about the 9 best Caribbean coral reefs you shouldn’t miss. Let’s go scuba diving!
Tortugas Reef in Playa Del Carmen. Why Is One Of The Best Caribbean Coral Reefs?
Tortugas (which means Turtles in Spanish) is the most popular coral reef in Playa del Carmen and one of the most famous Caribbean Coral Reefs. The huge amount of turtles you can find there is the reason. In fact, it is a unique dive site where you can spot three of the most common Caribbean sea turtles during the same dive. Hawksbill turtles, Green turtles, and the huge Loggerhead turtles enjoy together this perfect habitat.
Tortugas Reef ( 18 meters / 60 feet ) is cataloged as a “carpet” reef, which means the reef is quite flat, and wide. In addition to the turtles you can find in this Caribbean reef, there is a huge barrel sponge. And if all this was not enough, here you can also enjoy interesting marine life, full of moray eels, nurse sharks, rays…Finally, some peculiar Caribbean fish (which are not so easy to find in other reefs) can be your dive buddies as well. For example, the Orange Filefish, the Batfish, or the Bluespotted Cornetfish.
We cannot forget those amazing animals you can find only on specific seasons. During the warm months of the year (usually between June-September) is common to find a huge school of Tarpons at the end of the reef. Believe us, It is amazing to swim between them! During the cold months, when the water gets a bit cooler, it is common to see the eagle rays swimming around and, occasionally, you can also find the breathtaking bull sharks, mainly from November till early March.
The current is usually medium, but it can be quite strong some days. You just need to let yourself go with the current and enjoy all the amazing marine life that this dive site offers. We do it from all our Riviera Maya locations, and it is a must for every diver in the area. Do not miss it!
Palancar: The Star Of The Caribbean Coral Reefs In Cozumel
Cozumel’s coral reefs are part of the second greatest reef barriers in the world. For this reason, Cozumel has been renamed as one of the Caribbean’s top diving destinations for more than 40 years. Probably, among the huge offers of scuba diving spots, you can find in Cozumel, Palancar Reef is the most amazing one.
The reason is Palancar Reef keeps a secret. This Caribbean coral reef is placed on the western shore of the Mexican Island. There, the steady oceanic currents bring the nutrients which marine life needs to thrive. Well-nourished, sea turtles, rays, nurse sharks, barracudas, moray eels, lobsters, crabs, and a kaleidoscope of colorful fish make Palancar their home.
Palancar is formed by four separated Caribbean coral reefs. The shallow formations more nearby to the coast, allow both -snorkelers and beginners scuba divers- to get in on the action. A good example are Palancar Gardens and Palancar Horseshoe. Meanwhile advanced scuba divers have a whole adventure world waiting for them in Palancar Bricks and Palancar Caves. There, they will find tunnels, caves, and large caverns that sit along the edge of a sloping wall.