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REEF DIVING SITES IN TULUM

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In this article of the Tulum Guide we will review some of Tulum’s most interesting reef diving sites. 

StingRay

In the trip to get there we pass right in front of the Tulum Ruins and apriciate the view of them like the mayan merchants used to do some hundread years ago. Its Called like that because some times we find them in the sandy bottom bellow the big coral formations we dive in the side off. This is a very shallow site, the sand is at 8 m/24 ft and the top of the coral formations at 2.5 m/7.5 ft. This makes the site ideal for taking beginner divers. It has a good amount of corals of many types and fish as well. We can only dive here when the sea is very calm, on best conditions visibility can go to 20m/63 ft and on divevable conditions can be down to 10 m/30 ft. The dives we opérate here last from 30 to 50 min (depending on the diver).

Coquitos

In the trip to get there we pass right in front of the Tulum Ruins and apriciate the view of them like the mayan merchants used to do some hundread years ago. Coquitos (small coconuts) is named like that because of the palm trees that live in the pristine paradisiacal bech located in front of the site. It is a part of the great meso american reef and as that of course it has good diversity of fish and coral. This reef range extends from north to south and is about 12 m deep at the bottom of the coral and 6 m at the top. Coral structures are quite big and you can find many different types of them like brain, cactus, giant star , gorgones and some really nice Elkhorn Corals. There are also quite a few types of fish. all the bentic ones you find around de Mesoamerican reef (like angel fish, parrot fish, damsel fish, gobys, blenys, butterflys, etc) and some times we get some nice surprises, like southern stingrays, tourtles or even reef sharks!. There are also a few swim troughs that are good fun to cross on this dive site. When the sea is very calm visibility goes up to 30 m (90 ft) and when rough it can go down to 10 m (30 ft). The dives we opérate here last from 30 to 50 min (depending on the diver).

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Diving in Tulum’s Coral Reef Tour – Diving Tulum Mexico with Agua Clara Project: lifeforms of the undeworld

Piscina

In the trip to get there we pass right in front of the Tulum Ruins and apriciate the view of them like the mayan merchants used to do some hundread years ago. This site, like all the reef dive sites in Tulum is part of the great meso american reef and counts with good variety of fish and corals, the reef range where this site is extends from north to south and is about 12 m deep at the bottom of the coral and 6 m at the top. Coral structures are quite big and you can find many different types of them like brain, cactus, giant star and gorgones. there are also quite a few types of fish. all the bentic ones you find around the Mesoamerican reef (like angel fish, parrot fish, damsel fish, gobys, blenys, butterflys, etc) and some times we get some nice surprises, like souther stingrays, tourtles or even reef sharks. One thing I like a lot about this site is that there are some really nice sand channels in between the coral formations giving the impression of being in a coral city with sand avenues. When the sea is very calm visibility goes up to 30 m (90 ft) and when rough it can go down to 10 m (30 ft). The dives we opérate here last from 30 to 50 min (depending on the diver).

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Cuevitas

Cuevitas in English means Little Caves and the site is called like that because there are a lot of really fun swim troughs in it. The maximun deph for this dive is 10 m/33 ft (at the starting point) and we spend most of the dive time at 8 m/24 ft having fun with the swim troughs . There is also a decent amount of healthy corals (brain, giant star, gorgones, etc) and fish, most of them bentic (Angel, Parrot, butterfly, gobys, etc) and some times we get surprises, like turtles or stingrays. When the sea is very calm visibility goes up to 30 m (90 ft) and when rough it can go down to 10 m (30 ft). The dives we opérate here last from 30 to 50 min (depending on the diver).

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Tankah Deep

In the trip to get there we pass right in front of the Tulum Ruins and apriciate the view of them like the mayan merchants used to do some hundread years ago. The site is a deeper coral range than where we do most of our dives and for that reason it is very different. In some parts the sandy bottom under the coral range reaches 38 m/114 ft and the top of the range gets up to 22 m/75 ft in the shallower parts. Coral structures are huge and there are some nice cannons in between them. In this site we find a lot of diferent types of sponges, some very big, some deep water corals like wire coral and there is also more chance to see big predators, in winter time even bullsharks. Visibility in this site is allways vey good, about 30 m/90 ft and the dives we operate here go from 20 to 30 min depending on the planning and diver.

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In Agua Clara, we feel extremly fortunate of having so many amazing reefs around us.

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