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Shipwreck Diving is a great way to explore the Caribbean and test your dive skills. See our popular Shipwreck tours, frequently asked questions, and our interactive map.


c55 shipwreck scuba dive cancun

Also known as Juan De La Barrera, this shipwreck was intentionally placed on the seabed by the Mexican government in 2000 to create an artificial reef. In this area there is a very strong current throughout the year and it is considered deep immersion at 22 meters so Advanced Open Water diving level or higher is required. This experience is available throughout the year, but during the months of November to March the spotted eagle rays migrate to this area, turning this wreck into a spectacular show in which they seem to fly in schools of more than 100 specimens.


Juan Escutia C56 shipwreck dive playa del carmen

The AM-256 ship was a minesweeper made for the United States Navy in World War II by the Loraine shipbuilding company in Ohio, March 13, 1943. It was present in the Atlantic Ocean after the war and was withdrawn from service in May 1946 and placed in reserve. At the time of the reservation, it was reclassified as MSF-256 in February 1955 but never reactivated. In October 1962 it was sold to the Mexican Navy and later changed the name to ARM DM-13. In 1994 the name was changed again to ARM Cadete Juan Escutia C56 after being sunk by the president President Ernesto Zedillo to attract divers. Now at 27 meters / 90 feet it is full of life and has lots of sponges.


mama vina shipwreck dive playa del carmen

Located 35 minutes from Playa del Carmen, Mama Viña was sunk in 1995 creating a magnificent artificial reef. This is an excellent dive at 30 meters/100 feet with strong currents, excellent visibility, schools of fish, moray eels, many sponges, and with the possibility of finding bull sharks in the season from November to February.


c58 shipwreck scuba dive cancun

With the initiative to create an artificial reef on the seabed, the Mexican government submerged this shipwreck to give divers options to dive in a shipwreck with a visibility of 30 meters and a depth of 25 meters. After a few hurricanes and strong currents, it has been divided into 2 parts. Despite this, it is still home to many fish and the passage of eagle rays between November and March. It is recommended to have several experience dives or be advanced open water certified due to its strong currents.


C53 Wreck Dive Cozumel

The sunken ship C-53 is located in the marine park of Cozumel Island. It is a 1944 Mexican military ship that was used as a minesweeper to fight against illegal smuggling and sea rescue. The Mexican Government donated it to the diving community and sunk it in 1999. It is one of the favorite wrecks for many divers worldwide at 24 meters deep and 56 meters long with large openings that allow a quick exit in many points in case of a penetration dive profile. Several corals have grown on the metal of the wreck where we can find angel fish, barracudas, green moray eels, giant king crabs, and fire worms. You can combine this with a Night Dive in the Paradise reef of Cozumel Island to appreciate a different scene with octopus, lobsters, crabs, and squids.


Common Questions

What is required for a shipwreck dive?

  • Minimum Open Water Diver Certification 

  • Good air consumption

  • Good equalization technique

  • Willingness to listening to the instructor and follow his instructions

  • Appropriate equipment and wet suit 

Do I need to be certified?

Yes, you must be at least open water certified to do a shipwreck dive while some dives require you be advanced open water certified. To go fully inside a shipwreck, you must have a shipwreck specialty certification.

I'm in! How do I confirm pricing and booking?

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