Airports: (Airport Code CUN): Cancún International Airport is located in Cancun, Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.
Currency: The Peso is the official currency of Mexico, although the US Dollar and other major currencies are widely accepted as well.
Climate: Quintana Roo has a semi-tropical climate. The hottest time of year is from mid-May until the end of August when temperatures can reach 34°C (110° F). September to the end of November is the rainy season with late afternoon downpours. Hurricane season officially starts in June, lasting to the end of November with the strongest winds in the autumn months. From December until the end of April the average temperature is between 22-32° C (71-89°F) with occasional cold spells that drop the temperature to a chilly 18° C (65° F). Cancun enjoys 253 sunny days per year. Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures for Cancun: January-March, 68-86°F (20-30°C); April-June, 71-89°F (22-32°C); July-September, 75-91°F (24-33°C); October-December, 68-87°F (20-31°C).
Water Temperature: One of the great things about Cancun is that the ocean temperature is warm all year long. At the end of summer and early fall the ocean temperature is at its warmest in the mid to high 80′s.
After the ocean temperature peaks in September, it gradually cools off through fall and into winter. The ocean temperature usually hits bottom in Cancun by late winter or early spring and usually gets down to around 75 degrees in late March and Early April. Then it begins to heat up again and the cycle repeats itself.
Language: Spanish is the official language of Mexico, but English is widely spoken in the tourist areas.
Signature Dive Sites:
The C-58 Minesweeper Wreck Site: This wreck site is the absolute best off the coast of Cancun and it is the one we head to on most of our shipwreck dive excursions. It is considered an advanced dive, so you definitely want to feel comfortable doing deeper dives and wreck dives. If you do not feel all that comfortable doing this dive, you can always have one of our expert dive masters join you for the trip to make sure everything runs smoothly and safely. The C-58 Minesweeper ship was once part of the US Navy, being used in active service from the late 1940′s through the 1950′s, including a role as a neutralizer for naval mine bombs during World War II. In 1962, the ship was sold to the Mexican Navy where she was again used as a minesweeper. By 1980, the ship was getting old and was no longer suitable for active service. It was decided that she would be sunk off the coast of Cozumel and Cancun to provide an artificial reef habitat for marine life to take over and, eventually, for recreational diving purposes. Today, the ship is one of Cancun’s best dive sites, with a diverse array of marine life who make their home in the ships interior. In 2005, Hurricane Wilma tore the boat in two, allowing divers easy access to the ship’s interior quarters. It is truly one of the gems in the world of Cancun scuba diving.
Reef Dive Sites in Cancun: Just a couple miles off the shores of Cancun you will find a plethora of excellent coral reef gardens that are ideal for diving. With high visibility throughout the year and an active marine life, scuba diving in these coral reef gardens is sure to be an unforgettable and eye-opening adventure. Our dive masters and boat captains decide which reefs to go to depending on the day’s weather and water conditions. Some of the stops we visit most frequently include Grampin, Chuchos, Largo, and El Tunel.
Cenotes: Cenotes are one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s most unique and distinctive features. They are a series of interconnected underwater caverns that are flooded. Back in the Mayan era, the cenotes provided much-needed water supply to the various cities throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. Today, the cenotes are available for adventurous divers who want to explore this truly one-of-a-kind diving experience. The cenote tours are lead by a tour guide who will take you to the best underwater caverns.