Zihuatanejo is known for its
excellent diving. Located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Guerrero
it has 35 designated Dive sites. 13
are deep dives of from 60 to 90 ft. (20-30 meters). The other 22 are for
dives of from 30 to 60 ft. (10-20 meters). Here you will find sheltered
areas with coral formations that are ideal for night dives. Diving in
this area of the Pacific offers a wide range of biodiversity in marine
flora and fauna.
visibility varies throughout the year, but on the whole is very
good. Visibility may range from around 15 ft. (5 meters) up to about 120
ft. (40 meters). Water temperatures may range from around 60° F (16° C)
up to about 95° F (36° C).
enjoys approximately 300 days of sun annually!
types of marine life that you may see in our waters are whale sharks,
manta rays, seahorses, dolphins, whales, octopus, lobsters, sea turtles,
sea urchins, sea cucumbers, puffer fish, starfish, rays, conchs,
corals, flounder, moray eels, moorish idols, and stone fish... as well
as a great diversity of coloured fish from coral reefs and tropical
A 30 minute
boat ride from Zihuatanejo Bay brings you to one of the most
spectacular diving zones of the Mexican Pacific - Los Morros de Potosi.
Known at the Frailes Blancos (White Friars) these large white granite
rocks soar from the waters. This is a perfect equilibrium of
marine fauna and a great variety of birds including pelicans and
seagulls, whose guano gives these rocks their characteristic white
colour. The Morros de Potosi are full of fascinating surprises such as
caves, cliffs, vertical walls, canals and tunnels. As well as coral
formations and submarine mountains, a superabundance of different
manifestations of aquatic life are found here. This is world class
close dive sites:
Zihuatanejo Bay offers a dozen dive sites with
something for everyone, from beginners to advanced
Las Gatas (excellent for snorkelling)
Las Gatas ('The Cats' for the cat sharks that once
lived here), are protected from the waves by a man
made little reef, is beautiful for snorkelling and
watching turtles and other rare species. At Pango,
the deepest site in the Bay, you can observe rays
courting in the winter months.
A rock cropping only ten minutes by boat from Las
Gatas Beach offering an easy dive with eagle rays,
porcupine puffer fish, masked puffer fish, moorish
idols, starfish and lots of moray eels and octopus.
El Bajo de Afuera is well known for it's great
beauty. Swim through arches and vertical walls.
Fandango is a sunken boat broken in half, laying in
the bay of Zihuatanejo and populated by a variety of
invertebrates and seahorses. Please do not touch the
boat's structure and be careful of loose lines.
Other good dive sites include: Sacramento, Bajo de
Jaime, Bajo de Chato, Bajo del Borracho, Manzanillo
and Cueva de la Gata. Some less spectacular sites
include: Contramar and Caleta de Chon.