Dive in Banco Chinchorro

    The Garden Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    has excellent soft corals and sponges in the shallower areas and another patch reef in 60-80 feet of water

    Aquarium I & II Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    Aquarium I and Aquarium II, just south of Cayo Centro, are 16 meter anchor dives amid an abundance of sea fans and elkhorn coral. The sites frequently have large schools of blue tang.

    Dos Primas Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    DOS Primas, a 30-35 meter drift dive site between Cayo Centro and Cayo Norte, features immense sponges, large-sized black coral trees, and, frequently, large grouper.

    The Cut Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    The Cut is an 25 meter foot dive near the cut to Cayo Centro. It's located along a sloping wall that drops from 13 meter to 35 meter and is covered with antler corals, black corals, and gorgonians. This is a fishy site among big coral heads and canyons that has no significant current.

    Punta Isabel Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    Punta Isabel is located in front of Cayo Centro. It's an 25-30 meter drift or anchor dive among large sponges, gorgonians, and corals. There are often snapper, grouper, and barracuda as well as sea turtles, eagle rays, lobsters, and conch

    Paradise Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    Paradise is a shallow dive in about 13-16 meter of water in front of Cayo Centro. This anchor dive has a lot of elkhorn and brain corals, and usually plenty of blue tang, hogfish, and pink conch.

    Kai Ha Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    Kai Ha is a 35-60 foot dive just north of Punta Gonzalez that tends to be a very fishy site.

    Punta Gonzalez Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    Punta Gonzalez is a 13-30 meter drift dive with immense sponges, many large gorgonians, and usually a chance to see sea turtles, eagle rays, and lobsters. It is located in front of Cayo Centro.

    La Boya Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    La Boya is a great dive site with a flat sandy top at 10 metres, then a sloping reef wall with hard and soft corals that gives way at depth to another sand flat with some really enormous barrel sponges, yellow tube sponges and elephant ear sponges that must be about 3 metres across! Careful scrutiny…

    The Chinchorro Reef Wrecks Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    The Chinchorro Reef was known to sailors who dreaded it as early as the colonial period. Traveling from Cartagena, Colombia, to Spain by way of Havana, Cuba required ships to pass close to the bank. The winds and currents of the region worked against them, and many vessels went down at the reef. The…

    Unidentified Galleon Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    This wreck site contains a cargo of silver bars from Peru.

    Spanish Galleon Anchors Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    17th century ship containing 2 anchors and a large quantity of river stones that were used for ballast.

    SS Far Star Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    Far Star was a 1970s cargo boat laid down in 8 meter of water. A large steel-hulled transport ship, it was loaded with sugar when it ran aground on the southeast corner of Chinchorro. Starting just beneath the surface, the spur and groove reef structure is littered with a profusion of steel plating,…

    Pecio Ingles Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    Built around the 16th century. A canon, anchor, and money can be found.

    Kassel Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    German ship constructed in the 20th century out of steel. Ran aground in 1955.v

    SS Glen View Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    The Liberian Steamship Glenview ran aground on Banco Chinchorro off Yucatan, Mexico in latitude 18 degr. 37' N - longitude 87 degr. 15' W on January 24th 1964. While on ballast voyage from Puerto Barrios, Guatamala to Tampico, Mexico. The salvage tug 'Cable' reached the wrecked vessel 5 days later…

    SS Ginger Screw Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    Shrimp boat from the 20th century. The original name is Inger Shoal.

    Cuarenta Canones (40 Cannons) Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    The shallow bottom near Cayo Norte is littered with scores of brass cannon, some over ten feet in length. Dating to the 17th century, experts say these cannon suggest that this may be a Dutch wreck, or possibly even a pirate ship. There is also at least one very large cast-iron double-fluke anchor.…

    Copper Clad Wreck Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

    Lying in 70 feet of water, what remains of the wreck are only the traces of the hull timbers, brass nails, and hand-hammered copper sheeting that once clad the hull to protect it against invasion by marine worms. This unusual cladding indicates that this wreck dates to the 18th century. The wooden…