Diving in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is perfect for beginners. The coral beds, coves and cliffs have almost no current at any time of the year. Visibility is generally good and the water is warm.
This is one of the best places on the Central Pacific coast of Mexico to try scuba diving for the first time or gain an initial certification. Of course, there are deeper dives for advanced divers along with swim-throughs and caves to explore. Shore diving is limited.
Therefore, most diving in the area takes place from small speedboats or wooden pangas with an easy backward roll.
November to May is considered the best time to dive in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, 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 manta ray 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 a tone of marine life in calm underwater conditions, book your holiday between November and May.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
The most convenient way to travel into these cities is to fly. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International airport is only a 15-minute journey from either city and is served by many North American airlines travelling from Canada and the United States. Traveling in via road is also possible, but the nearest city is at least a 4-hour journey away.