The island of Isla Mujeres is, naturally, surrounded by water. This creates a setting that provides numerous opportunities to get wet and have fun in the water. From sailing, to fishing, to scuba diving and even swimming with Whale Sharks there is something for everyone.
Snorkel & Scuba
You may Snorkel & Scuba Dive including reef diving to explore the island coasts in the variety of national parks of Isla Mujeres.
Scuba diving and snorkeling around Isla Mujeres are one of those things you will never forget. Perfect waters for beginners and advanced divers can be explored in great diving locations such as Manchones reef, where they planted the bay cross paying tribute to the men of the sea, Cuevones and Banderas reefs located off of Isla’s shore. Every august a mass dive celebrating Isla Mujeres founding, back in 1854, takes places in this magnificent island.
Whale Sharks (Summer 2014)
During 2014 summer time, from June to September, in an approximately seven mile range, just north of the island, hundreds of whale sharks will congregate in these tropical waters of rich plankton, algae and small fish. The opportunity to admire the world’s largest shark in their natural habitat is one of the amazing and unforgettable experiences you need to live when visiting Isla Mujeres.
What you may not know about whale sharks! Despite or their names, they are not whales. Whale sharks can have a mouth up to 5 feet wide with 300 rows of tiny teeth; however they are very docile creatures. The average whale shark is 25 feet long and they can live from 60 to 150 years. Their teeth play no part in their feeding process. They can pass over 1500 gallons of water through its gills every hour. Whale sharks can only swim at around 3 miles / hour and are solitary creatures, which makes Isla Mujeres whale shark season every year a unique experience to see them gathered in groups.
The cave of sleeping sharks is one of the underwater wonders of Isla Mujeres. A deep sea cave where whale sharks sleep with their eyes opened that was founded around 50 years ago by adventurer diver Carlos Garcia. Free diving more than 60 feet you will find these amazing creatures.
Garrafon Park is an amazing reef formation located on the south part of the island, right in front of Cancun sea shores, welcomes parents and children to enjoy a real nature experience swimming with dolphins, snorkeling, visiting Punta Sur, the “blue eye cave” and also offering aerial tours, restaurant and bar facilities and dive shops
And also you can visit the turtle sanctuary at the south of the island where you will find all kind of turtle protection activities, specially during their nesting season, which stretches from May to October every year.
Going fishing? Isla Mujeres is a fishing village where you can experience from yearly international tournaments to off-shore and deep sea fishing.
For help planning or booking any of these activities please contact our Concierge Services.