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Scuba Diving in Mazatlan

Two thirds of the surface of the planet that we live on is covered  wity  water, so we only have access to the one third of it that is available to us. This is unless you are a scuba diver, in which case you can explore beyond the edges of the land boundaries that we are confined by.

Scuba diving is as close as you can get to the actual experience of flying free like a bird. You move your arms, kick your feet and up you go soaring free, as you take in what unfolds around and under you. It is a feeling and sensation that words can not adequately describe, so you must experience it yourself to understand the unique sensation.

Scuba Diving in Mazatlan is Convenient and Affordable

Scuba diving in Mazatlan is more accessible then it has ever been. This is because, more and more people are discovering and taking advantage of the great underwater sight seeing opportunities that are just offshore around the three islands. If you surf the Internet you will have no problem finding negative reviews of scuba diving itself and some of the services that are available there.

At the same time, you can find reviews that people have written raving about it as well. There is a reason for this and it is simple. The Pacific waters off the shores of Mazatlan are highly susceptible to clarity problems brought on by tidal anomalies and fickle weather conditions. Also, due to the fact that it is an on and off again prospect even in the best of times, businesses that offer it generally do it as a sideline to other services that they offer.

Mazatlan Scuba Diving


So, if you schedule and book a scuba diving trip out to the islands and it is called off at the last minute when you show up to go, don’t be too annoyed. Also, if the water clarity isn’t what you have seen in diving magazines don’t be surprised either. However; the upside to it is that scuba diving is far more affordable and convenient in Mazatlan then you will find at other comparable vacation venues.

Arrive As and Amateur and Leave as a Pro

If you have never gone scuba diving before, thats no problem. Thats because you can take lessons on the same day that you head out to dive at one or all of the the islands off the rocky shores of Mazatlan. Unlike other popular activities such as parasailing and jet skiing for instance, there is no rush when you are scuba diving in Mazatlan.

Also, all of the services that offer scuba diving in Mazatlan also provide professional dive masters that will accompany you when you go below. The diving service operators all know the waters off the islands of Mazatlan like the back of their hands, so you can rest assured that you will be taken to optimal diving locations in ten to twenty feet of water.

If you don’t have an underwater camera, you should consider buying one and bringing it along. This is because, when the visibility is good and it often is, scuba diving in Mazatlan is an adventure that you will surly never forget. The rocky coastline just off the shores of the three islands that you will be diving at are sprinkled with tidepools filled with a colorful cornucopia of aquatic flora and fauna that will simply amaze you.
Related Links

  • ScubaMage – See this .pdf scuba diving report about Mazatlan. Complete with tons of full color photos of various sea life you will find when diving.
  • MazatlanTours.org – Discover scuba diving, learn how to dive in an hour flat.


One Response

  1. admin June 14, 2011 at 3:36 am #

    The best “normal” snorkeling in the area, hands down, is out on the Tres Islas. The islands, especially Bird Island, have beaches, but mostly rocky shores. They are far enough out that the water is much cleaner than in town, extremely so while the spring rains are still sluicing silt out the river and storm sewers. It’s almost pointless to get into the merits of such a cool excursion site, but the calm water snorkeling on the land side here is very pretty, and if on the outside can get pretty wild. You can swim around the islands pretty easily, kind of a fun thing in itself, and swim from one island to the other.

    Getting there is a lot of the fun. You ride from the Golden Zone beaches to the Islas on a World War II surplus landing craft called a “DUCK” and painted with a huge shark’s mouth full of teeth. Take a pic of that home to your blase; buds. Sometimes the DUCK just cruises the beach looking for fares–and it can be pretty weird to look up and see a huge robot land shark heading for you. But they usually just wait for you on the El Cid beach, with hourly departures from 10 AM to like 4 PM, depending on how they are doing it this year. You get in, the shark wallows into the water, switches gears, and putts out to the islands. How cool can you GET?!? Be sure not to miss the last shark back to shore.

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