There is so much to do and see at Isla Mujeres that one could literally write a book and still not accurately capture all of the wonderful sites, sounds and adventures to be had. It would only scratch the surface. Possibly the greatest adventures to be had, however, are beneath the surface of the water in any one of the many things to see when diving at Isla Mujeres. For that reason, let’s take a look at three things you must see when taking a diving tour.
The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks
As you dive into the crystal clear turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, the first thing you notice is how visible everything is even during deeper dives. Nestled down in the sea is a cave perhaps for the bravest of adventurers; a place where sharks go to nap.
The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks or Cueva De Los Tiburones allows the perfect amount of light in to see a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime sight. Sitting still as statues are some of the ocean’s fiercest predators, the shark. Hundreds of these sharks take refuge in the cave, and while usually it would take movement to keep air flowing into their gills, the ocean current runs perfectly through the cave in such a way that sends oxygen directly to the sharks so that they can take it in without moving.
At a depth of 30 to 40 feet is Manchones Reef, a favorite for divers and underwater photographers. With over 800 meters of reef, there are lush fields of elk horn, stag horn and brain coral. Between the vivid colors of the reef and schools of blue tangs, wrasse, grunts, and snappers, you could spend weeks diving this site before seeing everything it has to offer. For tropical fish lovers, the large parrot, queen angelfish, and spotted trunkfish make for an absolutely stunning sight.
Navy Boat Shipwreck
Seventy feet below the surface is an adventure you will never forget where you can explore the inside of a Navy shipwreck, from the bathrooms to the office all the way to the ship’s guns. Try not to be too startled by the playful amberjacks and stingrays that love to jump out from hidden corners as if playing peek-a-boo.
With so much hidden below the beautiful waters of Isla Mujeres, you could literally stay for weeks and see only a fraction of what lies buried in the Mexican Caribbean. These are things you won’t see anywhere else in the world, so make plans for your next trip to Isla Mujeres and enjoy the vacation of a lifetime.