Cancun by: Holger Zimmermann

Cancun is one of most popular destinations for Mexico family holidays. Visitors on a holiday to Cancun can enjoy a broad range of exciting activities; from casinos and nightclubs, to sunbathing on the golden sands. The area also offers opportunities for a vast selection of water sports, with options as diverse as jet skiing, parasailing and banana boat rides!

One of the most popular attractions here is scuba diving, and Cancun is home to the world’s second largest barrier reef. Thanks to the spectacular visibility in these waters, you’ll be able to marvel at a dazzling array of marine life, amongst the multi-coloured forests of coral. There are also a number of night dives on offer in the area, giving you the opportunity to see some truly bizarre nocturnal sea life!

This stretch of coastline is perfect for first time divers, with a large number of schools and centres where you can go to sign up for lessons and diving classes. There are even hotels that offer their own accommodation and diving packages! These diving schools provide all the equipment you’ll need for your trip, and cater for everyone – from those with some experience, to absolute novices. Families are often welcome, and many classes are aimed specifically at young, first time divers.

One of the top diving sites to explore around Cancun is the wreck of the C58 Minesweeper. This sunken ship is preserved in fairly good condition, and can be reached by a short boat ride out from Cancun bay. As you swim through the hull of this WWII vessel, look out for manta rays and other marine life! Then there’s the Ultrafreeze – a Mexican tugboat, deliberately sunk to create an artificial reef. Again, this spot is rich in marine life, and would make a great first visit for a family diving trip to Cancun.

Other exciting destinations include Dos Ojos, a maze-like network of underwater caverns and sinkholes. Then there’s the Bat Cave, where divers can admire some magnificent rock formations. Chitales Reef is known for its diverse range of sea life, while Aristos Reef is a colourful destination favoured by intermediate and more advanced divers. Don’t worry – your diving school will be able to advise you on which spots to visit, or offer you a tailor-made tour, based on your level of experience.

Remember though, if you want to book a diving package or a dedicated course in scuba diving, then it’s best to get in early. There are plenty of options available, so you’ll want to do some research, and find the deal that best suits your requirements. The temperate local climate means that the sea rarely drops below twenty-six degree centigrade, but months that coincide with public or school holidays tend to book up fastest.

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