SpongeBob and Jabberjaw Await for Us: Best Diving Sites in Puerto Vallarta
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Lovely Puerto Vallarta. To begin this post, my Magno followers, perhaps some of you never have scuba-dived in your life or even thought about the possibility of practicing this sport.
I understand, some people can be so nervous or just not so attracted to the idea of diving to find another way of life totally different down there in the sea waters.
However, Puerto Vallarta, the “Bahía de Banderas,” and their surrounding beaches are a fertile and lively place to watch fantastic marine species.
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Diving is one of the most beautiful activities you can do in the sea and truly rewards any explorer’s senses with unforgettable experiences.
From tour operators to companies specializing in providing diving courses and boat trips, Mexico is a stunning destination for scuba divers.
One of Mexico’s capitals for diving is located in the refreshing and healthy Mexico’s Pacific Ocean waters that bathe Puerto Vallarta’s shores.
Great, that’s all fine and outstanding, but then, where do you go for awesome scuba-diving sessions to enchant your eyes with the wonderful marine life that swims near Puerto Vallarta?
My pleasure, my faithful Magno friends. Do these names tell you something? Maybe not.
However, after a fantastic scuba-diving session in Puerto Vallarta, you’ll have a different opinion for sure.
Vallarta’s diving paradises are grouped in the following places. Some names may sound intriguing.
1.) El Sequial
2.) El Chimo
3.) La Corbeteña
5.) Las Viudas
6.) Los Anegados
7.) El Morro
8.) El Malinal
11.) Los Arcos marine park in Bahía de Banderas
14.) Las Caletas
15.) Islas Marietas
Due to the geographical and natural characteristics, you can only visit some of these sites if you have already had some previous scuba-diving experience.
In other places closer to the Bahía de Banderas, beginner divers like you and me just have to prepare to enjoy the maritime museum that exists down there in Jalisco’s state waters.
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It’s worth mentioning that if you are interested in looking at certain marine species, there’s a seasonal marine species calendar to be conscious of.
In particular, you’ll have to consult with the diving tour operators about the specific seasons in which such marine fauna is present in the diving areas you wish to explore.
Some other points to consider when doing interesting and informed scuba-diving are the year’s seasons, the water temperature, the depth at which the sites are located, and their visibility. All these factors combine to make it possible to see one or another species.
And then, what species will we see down there, Magno?
Well, you can admire whale sharks in winter. The manta rays are also characteristic of this year’s season. Sea turtles and dolphins lovers can easily see them at the year’s beginning and in spring.
Even the occasional sharks, such as catfish, reef sharks, and nurse sharks, will make their presence there.
Winter whale watching off Mexico’s Pacific coasts is a unique, divine, and amazing nature show totally apart from the rest.
More species? Of course. Moray eels, parrotfish, octopi, snappers, lobsters, tunas, and horse mackerels.
The Magno recommendation is to contact some tour operators in advance of your trip to Puerta Vallarta, who will surely achieve the perfect coordination between seasons, places, and species for sightseeing.
Here, the expert divers recommendation in general for beginner scuba-divers is to avoid diving in winter and the farthest areas off the coast.
And, Why is that? Because the greater the distance and depth, the higher the preparation level by scuba divers should be.
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Weather conditions and marine currents can also present significant challenges to inexperienced divers.
Besides, a considerable marine species number tend to swim closer to the bay’s shores in winter.
Summer conditions are generally better unless some weather events generate “Rip Tides” or strong marine currents, also known as “rough seas.”
For example, “El Sequial” is an area that presents you with a broad underwater plain not so deep, composed of some caves, rocky formations, and somewhat rugged terrain that allow you to dive and admire good marine specimens.
It’s located approximately 65 kilometers (35 nautical miles) offshore from the Bahía de Banderas.
In particular, this site takes you to a fantastic meeting point of fish with considerable dimensions such as turtles, marlins, and sharks.
There, not far from El Sequial, you find “La Corbeteña,” practically the same distance from the coast as in the case of El Sequial. Here you can see really capricious rock shapes in the marine geography.
Rocky arches, diagonal walls, passages, and caves where you can find graceful and shy marine species that rest inside the caves.
Stingrays, dolphins, turtles, colorful fish schools, some sharks and sailfish occupy these wonderful water spaces.
La Corbeteña isn’t very deep from the water top level, and visibility is really good.
I mentioned first La Corbeteña and El Sequial because, although these two sites are the farthest from the bay’s shores, they represent real pools of marine fauna that raise real nature-caring awareness for Mother Earth.
Have you already scuba-dived my Magno followers? Those who have done it will be tempted to dive into the Bahía de Banderas waters again and again.
If you haven’t done it yet, I really recommend this unique experience that complements the great exquisite menu of tourist dishes that Puerto Vallarta serves to all gourmet journeyers.
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