On the southern end of the Central Pacific Coast, Acapulco is a traditional holiday destination without a defined scuba industry.
This is steadily changing as dive operators open and discover interesting new dive sites. Caves, walls, sunken ships and rocky reefs make up the majority of underwater environments.
Acapulco’s warm waters and rocky reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish. Small coral formations, sea fans, barnacles and gorgonians dot the underwater landscape. Sea stars, trumpetfish, jacks, boxfish, balloonfish, moray eels and mackerel are a common sight. Seahorses hide among the reef, waiting for a watchful eye to spot them.
November to May is considered the best time to dive open ocean sites in Central Mexico, because the sea conditions in the Pacific are calmest during these months. The weather is good too; generally it’s sunny with an occasional rain shower.
Divers also have the chance of spotting the rare whale shark or even a migratory whale during these months. At this time, however, visibility is negatively impacted is by the very plankton blooms that attract the pelagic species. These are most common around the full moon.
If you love diving with pelagic species and calm underwater conditions, book your holiday between November and May.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
For holidaymakers who wish to make Acapulco their only destination, Juan N. Alvarez International Airport is well-connected internationally and domestically.
For those arriving from Mexico City, several bus companies from basic to luxury make the trip in approximately 5 hours. If you have a rental car, driving along the modern four lane highway from Mexico City to Acapulco takes only 4 hours.