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Yucatan Peninsula

Cenotes cave diving, reef walls of Cozumel and ancient Mayan ruins

Mexico is a country of colour, culture, history, spectacular coastlines, landscapes and architecture and nowhere captures this better than the Yucatan Peninsula. Consisting of three Mexican States (Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo), as well as parts of Belize and Guatamala, the Yucatan Peninsula separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea.

Each of the states offers something different with plenty to see and do.

Yucatan is situated on the Gulf of Mexico side with archaeological reminders of the Mayan past. There are Mayan communities dotted throughout the state along with several pyramids and temples, the most famous of all being Chichen Itza. Flamingos and other birds can also be found here as well as the incredible Cenotes.

The Cenotes are a vast network of stunning subterranean rivers and caves that have been formed from limestone erosion, creating sinkholes which offer entry to some of the most spectacular diving in the world. The Mayan people believe that the Cenotes are sacred and were portals to the underworld. There are many different Cenotes in the Yucatan, some which are vertical shafts while others are caves with stalagmites and stalactites containing pools and passageways.

Campeche is facing the Gulf of Mexico on the western side and has a large number of Mayan archaeologival sites, including the ancient city of Calakmul. The largest tropical rainforest in Mexico can be found here with over 80 species of mammal including howler monkeys, jaguars, tapirs as well as over 230 bird species.     

Quintana Roo is on the Caribbean Sea side where most of the beach life is in Mexico. The Maya Riviera is home to the famous resorts of Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen and there are a large number of hotels to choose from. Blessed with beautiful, long white sandy beaches and crystal clear water the coastine here is idyllic and to top things off there is also access to the world’s second largest barrier reef – The Great Mayan Reef.

There are numerous diving highlights in this part of the world with the chance to see the incredible Sailfish Run Safari, diving with Whale Sharks and Bull Sharks, wreck dives and Cenotes cave diving. There are also excellent reef dives accessible from the resorts along the Maya Riviera and diving on the reef walls of Cozumel island.

How to get there
Gateway into the Yucatan Peninsular is through Cancun International Airport. British Airways offer a direct route from London Gatwick, or you can choose from a range of airlines that transit through  the US via such cities as Dallas.

On arrival into Cancun, it takes only around 1hr 15 minutes or so to get to the Playa del Carmen area, from which you have a selection of good dive resorts to choose from.

Exploring Mexico
Mexico offers world class diving on both its Pacific and Caribbean coastlines. There is something for everyone here, and at all diver levels. Visit our Mexico section for an introduction to where to go throughout this country, including Guadalupe Island, the Sea of Cortez, the Socorro Islands and the Yucatan Peninsular.

Quick Guide: Yucatan

  • Location: South-east Mexico
  • When to go: All year round but Nov – May driest
  • Average air temp: 29°C – 35°C
  • Average water temp: 25°C – 29°C
  • Recommended diver level: Good for all levels



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