Diving Sites

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Scuba Diving in Banderas Bay

Banderas Bay is one of the largest Bay in North America and one of the deepest in the world, and scuba diving is one of the most popular sports at the bay. If you are a diver and have never dived the Eastern Pacific and more specifically in its northern hemisphere, you will not understand it until you come to try it in person.

Where in Mexico are we?

Geographically located at the Southernmost point of the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range, with just over 400 kilometers South of the Tropic of Cancer, it makes our climate a subtropical one, throwing down the most common theory of those who do not know Mexico (and think that whole country is a desert) or if you only have traveled to the Mexican Caribbean, Yucatan or the Cozumel, let us talking to you about our place.

Our diving seasons

The Banderas Bay, precisely due to its geographical characteristics enjoys a benign climate almost all year round, making it - thanks to its dry season (generally between of November to June)- in one of the favorite holidays destinations for the population of the North American Midwest and West Coast. During this season, from Winter to Summer solstice, temperatures almost never exceed 28º C (82 Fº) with a humidity index generally lower than 50%.

This time of the year is the best for aquatic life, which allows you to find from the smallest inhabitants of the ocean -such as nudibranchs, gobies and blenids- to the most gigantic mammals of the planet, the whales in surface, in our case, humpbacks.

During this time of the year, underwater visibility is lower than in the rainy season, nevertheless, the opportunity to have whale or dolphin encounters on the surface and definitely diving with majestic animals like Pacific Giant Manta is greater. As we already pointed, this Ocean is not the Caribbean, precisely because we are significantly more North of the Equator than The Caribbean, our tidal coefficients are much greater and therefore the impact on visibility conditions is greater. Diving in the Pacific, in any case, is a wonderful experience.

The temperature changes radically between the rainy season (June to November) and the dry season (November to June). In the rainy season, you could be diving at a temperature above 29ºC (85ºF) at a depth of 20 meters (60 feet) and -in the same diving point- in the dry season, you could dive with the coldest temperature of 13ºC (55ºF). We insist, this is not the Caribbean. What can we easily find? What needs to be looked at more closely and what do we not have here? Our diving areas are very well determined in the Bay, the South is ideal for diving at any time of the year, although the conditions determine what we can find or not in our dives.

If the points to the South of the bay are places close to the coast and good for diving the whole year, those to the North are islets and islands -practically all in the open sea-, good for diving during the rainy season (June to November). In our opinion, in the dry season, the sea gets rough very easily and the offshore or rising winds make sailing a dangerous exercise outside the bay.

La Corbeteña, El Morro, Los Anegados, Las Marietas, El Sequial or El Malinal are beautiful places that we recommend only to divers with experience in currents and deep dives and who do not suffer from difficulties when riding boat trips longer than 100-120 minutes each way.

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Diving Site

Los Arcos

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Diving Site

Los Arcos

LOS ARCOS National Marine Park is our favorite place in the South of the Bay. It is a protected area where fishing is forbiden by law and where, being a reef area with a mix shallow and abyssal places (we have a canyon that is believed to reach 1,600 meters/5,000 feet deep) which offers us the appropriate characteristics for the training of beginner and advanced divers.

Aprox. 20 mins.
15 - 120 feet deep.

Diving Site

Princesa Vallarta Shipwreck Area

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PRINCESA VALLARTA was one of the snorkeling boats crossing the bay heading LOS ARCOS and LAS ANIMAS.

It did many trips along side South of the bay. Since 2016 PRINCESA VALLARTA rest just less 200 meters from Playas LAS GEMELAS with another 10 or 11 ships at a maximum deep of 125 feet (the deepest).

You will love visiting this gentile old "señorita" at the bottom, home of some sea turtle and sometimes a visiting place for big groupers.

You don´t need to be AOW certified diver, but remember it is a deep area, so it’s recommended having some prior experience in deep dives. No strong currents usually.

As soon we will be underwater close to bottom around 55 feet deep, we´ll find a sail boat mid size, probably around 30 or 35 feet size, then heading the North, North-West way, a one or two minutes later appears a new sail boat, this one faced down and finally at 70 feet deep high part and 90 feet deep bottom part we will find our princess.

Summer is the best time to visit. Winter conditions don´t help with a low visibility on this area, anyway, always is a good diving place for finding nemo or maybe a mermaid, who show us where new treasures are located.

15 mins.
55 - 135 feet deep.

Diving Site

Colomitos & Boca de Tomatlán

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First beach at the South Side of the bay, accessible only by hiking or as well by boat.

Small and beautiful beach that receives fresh water from a small stream in tropical rainy season from small waterfalls and beautiful sand cascade underwater.

Scuba diving here is very interesting.

Underwater trial is not longer than 100 feet (32 meters) from the edge of the beach, we start about 20 feet deep and progressively down to 60 feet deep maximum, in case of divers with limited experience and maximum of 120 feet deep for experience divers.

It is a beautiful well protected area, that usually provides good visibility when sea conditions make impracticable to dive elsewhere in the bay.

Extensive collection of stripes, butterfly, sting, round, eagle, electric guitar and the interesting stripes.

As a second dive tank in this area, South side of Boca de Tomatlan will offer you an excellent diving place for beginners and certification students, with no more than 50 feet on the South direction, this underwater trail is the best place to find sea turtles, rays, different kind of moray eels, jaw and flat fish.

35 min.
20 - 120 feet deep.

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Five tanks dive option just in the middle of Sierra Madre Occidental South shore.

Current: Tenuous, always with a side protected, for beginner divers. This is a place for all family, not only divers, but also to those like snorkeling or just swimming in a paradise beach.

Majahuitas area is an special place where you will find sea garden eels in a number that looks like an underwater grass field.

From the South side of the beach in an small cape, you will find two underwater trails, North and South ways, there are rocks formations everywhere. Diving starts from 15-20 feet deep max deep, based in rules and in your experience and comfort.

Starting at Las Caletas beach South side, there are two underwater trails, North and South again, you'll find a sand drop line on the North way and following it, you will discover a couple of small panga boats wreck. If you choose the South way, rocks and life averywhere.

Last diving trail, starting at Cerro Bola, you will follow all the shore line from South to North keeeping on the right, rocks and on the left, open water, bottom here, no too much deep, around 50-60 feet all the way long.

Aprox: 45 min.
18 - 90 feet deep.

Diving Site

El Chimo & Las Iglesias

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Aprox: 70-80 mins.
60 – 140 feet deep.

One of our hardest rocks out of the bay.

This beautiful place is full of hue fish schools, moray eels, corals, sponges and so many times sea turtles and Giant Mantas.

For deep and currents conditions it is only recommendable for experienced divers with more than 50 dives and not for a first diving after long time of being dry.

The name of the diving spots are “Potrerillo”, “Torrecillas” and “Iglesias”.

This is the Southest diving point in Banderas Bay.

"El Chimo" is a scuba diving area and have rock formations with both openings at its base that reminds us of the portico of a church, hence its name. It is a magnificent place for meetings with Giant Mantas.

No usually noise boats in the area.

Diving Site

El Morro

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One of the most exciting and visited places by more experienced divers.

Few small islets and pointy rocky areas off the bay in open water, where hopefully you can find nurse sharks, sleeping in small caves that offers this spectacular place, like mantas, turtles, and countless schools of tropical fish.

Sometimes white tip shark, whale shark and sea lions encounters.

Several underwater trails, starting point at Northside of the bigger rock, always with a buoy line.

El Morro have an underwater tunnel crossing the whole rock from 120-50 feet. This tunnel has a distance around 40 meters, you need to use underwater light, primary torch if it is possible.

More underwater trails from El Morrito, heading North and South. Normally, there are moderate currents, and its depth is recommended for more experienced divers.

Aprox: 90 mins.
50 - 140 feet deep.

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Los Anegados

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Aprox: 75 mins.
50 - 120 feet deep.

It is located halfway between El Morro and the Marieta Islands. It is a great place for the second tank return from El Morro and La Corbeteña.

It is recommended for experienced divers due to the currents and the depth of the dive sites.

Dont forget bring your own personal position buoy, rent or buy one just an extra precaution.

You will always need a rope line to go down and a knowledgble captain to know precisely where the descent line needs to be deployed. It is a good place to find sharks and Giant Mantas. It has Underwater short tunnels and small caves, bottom white sandy area around of rock formations, here will be easy to enjoy a blue water and great visibility most of the time."

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La Corbeteña

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The most remote and perhaps one of the most interesting dive sites in the bay.

We visit it only once or twice a year due to the weather conditions and the selection we make of the diving group to take to this place.

Only experienced divers, it is not advisable to carry passengers since there are no safe places available to practice snorkeling and the crew of the boat is only focused on the safety of the divers.

The distinctive point of the rock is a small construction, that served long ago as a lighthouse for its positioning, as this islet is in the open sea outside of the bay.

Two deep rock falls each side of the rock, with impressive visibility (if the right day is chosen), one much more pronounced than the other, our guides will drive you in this place to make your dives memorable and safe.

This place is an absolute paradise, full of low arches, small and innumerable schools of tropical fish, where also can be found nurse sharks, sleeping during the day in small caves.

The huge coral formations for this area of ​​the Pacific are home to the highest concentration of tiny and microscopic life in the entire area.

In the underwater West of the rock, which is an area normally protected from currents, we can find a shallow area that allows us to reduce our adrenaline level and enjoy the unusual blue Pacific.

Aprox: 120 mins.
60 - 140 feet deep.