The Island of Women
Scuba diving and snorkeling are the primary activities on Isla Mujeres these days. The crystal-clear, placid waters surrounding the island are perfect for beginners and advanced divers alike. Nearby reefs lure divers to their depths, whale sharks, and the Cruz de la Bahia (Bay Cross) is a popular attraction as well.
Isla Mujeres has become a popular destination for families due to the calm waters, lovely reefs, and other aquatic attractions. Most locations around the island only reach depths of 30-40 feet and boast a balmy water temperature of 78-82 degrees.
Most shops on the island offer same-day scuba diving courses. Recommended for all divers and snorkelers, the lessons focus on navigating the waters surrounding the island. Below is more information about the courses and dives available:
Snorkeling & Beginner Scuba Diving
- Easy Resort Course: This course offers an hour of instruction in the morning, followed by two easy shallow dives. Available for small groups, it costs an average of $70.
- Snorkeling Trips: This course offers easy dives for groups. Basic snorkeling safety is taught, and divers come face-to-face with schools of brightly colored fish in a protected habitat.
- Half Day Trips: These dives offer reef and adventure options. There are over 50 locations from which to choose, offering something for everyone. The Cave of Sleeping Sharks is always an adventurous choice.
- 1 Tank Reef Dive: A safe and easy dive, this experience is ideal for any certified diver. The average cost is $39 per person.
- 2 Tank Reef Dive: A 30-50 foot dive, this safe and easy excursion costs an average of $49 per person.
- 2 Tank Adventure Dive: The adventurous diver can choose two of the three options listed below:
- Gun boat 58 Shipwreck (89 feet) & the Grampin (70 feet)
- Navy boat shipwreck (90 feet)
- Cave of the Sleeping Sharks (75 feet), Piedra Atravesada (70 feet), and Hondureno Shipwreck (70 feet)
Prices are subject to change at any time. Some shops don’t accept credit cards, so be sure to check on this ahead of time. Most accept traveler’s checks and cash.
Some shops also offer scuba certification. Many of the reefs are the perfect training depth, allowing you to complete your certification while enjoying the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean. There are several choices offered for divers seeking certification:
- PADI Scuba Diver: This certification is valid for one year, and can be completed in just two days. This is an ideal course for divers who want to get started, but don’t have the time to complete the lifetime certification. The cost of this course is $250.
- PADI Open Water Diver: This course takes 4-5 days to complete, but offers lifetime certification. The price of $340 includes the open water manual.