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Diving Puerto Morelos - Wrecks, Reefs & More

Puerto Morelos is located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen.  With less than 10,000 residents it retains it's charm as a sleepy fishing village with pristine beaches of white sand and clear turquoise waters. 

Puerto Morelos has easy access to various dive sites ranging from very easy to very challenging ones. For those who are looking for some relaxed diving there are some beautiful shallow reef formations in water of 40ft (12m) depth where you can dive among turtles, schools of colorful fish, eagle rays, and many species of crabs and lobsters only to name a few.

For wreck lovers, there are two accessible wrecks near Puerto Morelos. The nearest is the C-56 Juanita, a naval minsweeper, that has beautiful coral and which is home to very large pelagics at 60-90ft (18-27m). This is the best wreck dive in Mexico with the decks all fully penetrable. Eagle rays and sting rays are abundant and schools of tuna are always hanging around the stern. Huge groups of horse-eyed jacks, barracuda and snapper are everywhere. Lobsters, moray eels, hatchet fish and more await you when you enter her interior. You are going to love this dive!  For more experienced divers ask us about the Tulum which is at a depth of about 120 feet/36 meters.

The Cenote diving is also not to be missed - enjoy venturing deep into the Mayan jungle to explore the remote and rarely visited cenotes where you will see the gracious formations of stalactites and stalagmites that adorn the ceiling and walls.  These are some of the most spectacular cenotes in the area with visibility of over 150ft (50m) and dive depths are between 30 to 120ft (9-40m).

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Puerto Morelos Dive Sites
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C56 "Juanita" Shipwreck


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Reefs, walls and wreck diving


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Puerto Morelos Dive Sites

These are just a few of the many dive sites in Puerto Morelos, most sites range from 30-120ft, just tell us what kind of dive you’re looking for.

Abadejohs (60 ft)
On this dive we move between spot formations of coral. We find grouper, schools of snapper, moray eels, lobsters and sometimes turtles.

Tortugas Reef (100 ft)

On this deep drift dive we explore the cave overhangs of pocket depressions where we are sheltered from the current. There we often find nurse sharks, lobsters, tuna and sometimes turtles. The super slow ascent makes this an almost multi level dive.

C 56 "Juanita" (90 ft)

This 200+ft. WW2 retired Navy minesweeper was scuttled to form an artificial reef. Swim-through openings were cut to allow divers to enter the wrecks interior. Now almost entirely encrusted in coral, this shipwreck is home to many schools of fish. A large and friendly Hue fish sometimes makes an appearance and the wreck is often visited by sting rays, spotted eagle rays and occasionally black tip reef sharks.

Aquarium (40 ft)
This reef is named so because of its abundance and variety of sea life. It has coral formations like fingers where divers enjoy the canyons they create. There are lots of balloon fish, Caribbean clown fish, eels, and lobsters. Sometimes we find the very small and beautiful drummer fish. It is favorite place to night dive where we see turtles sleeping with their heads tucked in towards the coral.

Balones (35 ft)
On this easy drift dive we jump between spot formations of coral and use the corals to shield us from the current. There are large brain corals, barracudas and sometimes we see turtles and spotted eagle rays.

Paraiso (30ft)
This dive starts at a mini wall and moves on to explore spot formations of coral and caves. There is lots of life including grouper, schools of snapper, and tarpoon fish.

Maroma Los Arcos (100ft)
This wall dive starts at 75 feet. It has a huge arch and a cave full of black jacks. Large coral formations create a reef full of life. There are often sting rays, turtles, lobsters and large schools of snapper and grouper.

Horseshoe (45ft)
This dive has small canyons ending in the exploration of little caves where we find eels and sometimes nurse sharks. This is an excellent dive for taking pictures of the abundant sea life. At night there are turtles.

El Puentes (60ft)

This dive has a beautiful, colorful coral reef with multitudes of different sizes and colors of fish as well as natural bridges, swim thrus and larger fish, if you’re lucky you may see spotted eagle rays or other rays.