Diving in the Pacific waters off Mexico's western shore can be cold... but the old school resorts and history of the area, not to mention the amazing food, will keep you coming back for more. There are established scuba diving sites up and down most of the coast. The industry of scuba diving is well established in and around the major resort cities and many of the hotels and resorts offer beginners classes in their pools or easy access to local dive shops.
There are numerous established scuba diving sites in and around Puerto Vallarta's Banderas Bay. Off shore from Sayulita and northwest of the peninsula of Punta de Mita is the dive site known as La Corbetena. South off Punta de Mita and out in the bay from Puerto Vallarta are the dive sites El Morro and Islas Marietas. On the southern rim of Banderas Bay are the dive sites of Los Arcos, Majahuitas and El Chimo.
Scuba diving in and around Manzanillo Bay is a great place for beginners or even people looking to get certified to learn and practice. Playa la Audiencia is a shore dive location in front of the Hotel Tesoro. The surge can be strong at first but once out past the waves a bit this is a great dive. You will see Cortez angelfish, moray eels, trumpetfish and much more. With a maximum depth of 60 feet this is a safe and relatively easy dive for beginners. Also found within La Audiencia cove is the shore dive site known as Club de Yates because it can be found at the end of Club de Yates Street. Swim 10 minutes out towards the rock in the center of the little bay and you will most likely find sea turtles. You will also most likely encounter spotted eagle rays and yellowtail surgeonfish.
Dive Manzanillo's famous shipwreck the San Luciano. Washed up in the famous hurricane of 1959, the ship rests in just 25 feet of water and can be explored by scuba divers and snorkelers. The huge 300 foot long boat has compartments to explore for advanced divers, and is a great first wreck dive for beginners because of its shallow location in relatively protected waters.
No matter if you fly into a resort or drive Mexico's amazing Pacific coast, you will have access to many dive sites, shops, and even shore dives for the boat-less adventurous advanced diver who can drag along their own equipment. Most scuba divers wear at least a wetsuit when diving in the Pacific because of the water temperatures, but southern Mexico's warm winds and mild weather will warm your heart and skin.
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