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Punta Nizuc, Cancun

Diving in Cancun

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Punta Nizuc

The "Gardener of Hope" submerged sculpture at Punta Nizuc

Copyright Jason deCaires Taylor

What: Punta Nizuc is a popular beach and marine playground in the hotel zone of Cancun, on the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Punta Nizuc is famous for its snorkeling and diving thanks to an offshore reef rife with abundant marine life. Dives are generally at a depth of around 30 feet.

Where: Punta Nizuc is located off Kukulcan Boulevard on the southern tip of Isla Cancun, just in front of Club Med.

Highlights: Shallow, warm waters, outstanding visibility and an abundance of marine life make this a spectacular spot to experience all that the Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest in the world, has to offer. Divers report seeing giant lobster, groupers, manta rays, sergeant majors and barracuda on the reef.

Punta Nizuc is also home to a statue from the MUSA underwater museum created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor called “The Gardener of Hope,” depicting a young girl lying in a “garden” of coral.

Expertise Level: Suitable for all levels, thanks to the low currents and great visibility.

How to Get There: Punta Nizuc is a short boat ride from any point along the Cancun hotel zone. Most dive shops and resorts will arrange transport as part of their tour fee.

What it Costs: Cancun scuba operation Manta Divers offers a two-tank dive on the reef for $62, which includes the national marine park fee of around $2. Tours depart at 9:00am and 1:00pm.

Read more about Diving on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

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