Diving in Cancun – The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks

The Riviera Maya is a location full of wonders in surface and underwater. The amazing beaches cover the underwater wonders, that  seem to come out of the fruitful imagination of a fairy tale. But as it is commonly said reality can be stranger than fiction. Cancun has many interesting natural attractions, which are part of its appeal, making it perfect location for your Mexico vacation.  Call us now to see our Deal of the week  1-800-607-7428.


One of those locations is a underwater cavern known locally as  “La Cueva de los Tiburones Dormidos” (In English, The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks). It is a place off-shore of Isla Mujeres, and  is part of Manchones Reef to get there you have to travel 30 minutes by boat. Just experienced divers can explore here, because it can reach up to 65 and 100 meters in depth.

The Discovery of the Cave.

The cave was discovered in 1969, by a humble lobster fisherman named Carlos Garcia Castilla, alias “El Válvula” (The Valve). One day while he was working, he noticed that many sharks came inside a cave complex named “Los Cuevones”, and never left. Intrigued by this, he free dived in and to his surprise many shark species were congregated there and they seemed to be asleep.


Mr. Garcia went out there scared but with curiosity. Days after he came back with the proper gear and observed for a while the curious spectacle. When he came back to Isla Mujeres, he started to talk about his discovery. Someone advised him to contact the oceanographer and journalist, Ramon Bravo.


At the beginning, Mr. Bravo didn’t belive this phenomena. He was sure that because of sharks have no swim bladder, they had to spend their lives swimming in order to avoid death.


In spite of that, Mr. Bravo followed the “Valve”, and dove in. After some unsucssesfull visits they found some nurse sharks. More trips revealed that Tiger sharks, Caribbean Reef , White Tips, Mako and Bullsharks were among others types of sharks that dwelled the here.


Mr. Bravo contacted Dra. Eugune Clark in order to get an explanation about this event. Slowly the Scientific Community began to pay attention to this spot. National Geographyc and Jacques Yves Cousteau are some of the explorers that have studied this phenomena, only seen in few parts of the world such as Japan and Australia.


Do They Really Sleep?


Since the beginning, scientist tried to explain this rare event. Against the common belief, the sharks inside that cavern aren’t totally sleep, because their eyes follow the divers.


Dra. Clark believed that they take the oxygen necessary due their static position against the current, that allows water to pass through their gills without moving in their dormant state. Others said that their sleepiness due the water low salinity, which also helps to clean them up from parasites.


The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks is made of coral formations, and has many inner chambers.  Exploring the place is one of  many attractions that you can visit on your Cancun Vacation.

The National Marine Park of Loreto Bay is a Natural reserve which has 206, 581 hectares. The zone is comprised of the islands and the bay that belong to the town of Loreto. The islands of Catalina, Montserrat, Danzante, del Carmen y Coronado are part of this Eco-park, as well as Nopolo, Puerto Escondido and Puerto Candeleros. This area is considered a good place to practice aquatic activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling on your Loreto vacation. Call us ahead of town to find out about the Whale season  1-800-607-7428


Coronado has a volcanic origin and is  five miles north of Loreto and one mile off shore. Because of its placement, snorkelers with less confidence in theirs skills can dwell in this area, specially the south side, while the north end is frequented for scuba divers. Its considered the best zone in the park for underwater exploration. Here you will have the opportunity to watch a colony of Sea lions and swim together along side them.  Only in Loreto Mexico can this be done, be sure to calm now and book you Vacation  1-800-607-7428


Del Carmen is located about eight miles out from Loreto about 35 minutes by boat, and its the largest island of the of the park. Puerto Balandra and “La Choya” are two of many snorkeling spots in this location. The north  and east  shore are the best diving areas. There is 120 feet freighter sunken near Bahia Salinas and the wreckage of a small twin engine plane in Playa Juncalito, these are both good places for a underwater exploration on your Loreto Vacation.


Danzante is the smallest island of them all. It is placed between the main land and Santa Catalina. It takes around 45 minutes to arrive there (depending of weather conditions).  You and your PADI instructor can enjoy  the string of vertical walls, deep canyons, crevices, rocky edges and small coves that are in the island and its surroundings. Corals, Octopus and moray eels have been spotted here. Los Candeleros, which has depths of almost 200 feet, are recommended for those divers who have experience in deep water.


Located southern part of the park is Santa Catalina and Montserrat they are considered  a good spot for snorkelers and divers too. La Reinita is seamount, just north of Montserrat and is a great zone for deep water exploration also.


Scuba diving and Snorkeling in Loreto Bay National Marine Park is a good option for your Loreto vacation. This zone is home to dolphins, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks, others fishes, invertebrates and mammals that add up to over 800 species in total. The preservation of this fragile ecosystem is very important. Many species of animals, that inhabit the islands near the coast, are endemic of place.

Fishing in Puerto Vallarta

Sportfishing champions will have excellent reasons for booking in a Puerto Vallarta resort next month. Last October 22th, it was announced in the press conference, that the 56th International Fishing Tournament Marlin and Sailfish will be celebrated from November 9th to  the 12th . Please call us about all contest guidelines 1-800-607-7428 


A pre-registry form together the proper instructions can be found in Club de Pesca de Puerto Vallarta’s website. They provide, by the same means, information about the program of activities and the rules of the event. Four fishermen per boat is the maximum allowed in each team. Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna and Mahi-mahi are the species that qualified in the tournament. Here is some interesting notes about them:


-Marlins are considered the best of the Big Game Fishing. The specie is divided among Blue, Black and Striped. In 2010, The “Golden Hook” team got the first place in this category.  The best months to catch Blue and Black Marlins are from August to December and for the Striped is September to November. The actual local record is 710.54 Lb.


-In short distances Sailfish is the champion of speed, only surpassed by the Mako. It can reach velocities around 68 mph. It is often confused with the Marlin or with the Swordfish. Its well known for its incredible jumps when it tries to get rid of the hook.  Get ready for a good match, because this dude will give it to you.


-Tuna is a good challenge for anglers. So far the heaviest specimen that was caught in Puerto Vallarta was 388.01 Lb. The Yellowtails frecuent the hot spots of Banderas Bay. This variaty’s size range from “Footballs” (That are 20 to 30 pounds) to big seven foot  monsters.


-Mahi-Mahi, also known as the Common Dolphinfish or Dorado. Its name in Spanish comes from the golden hues on its sides.  The maximum length reported was 3.3 ft. It is among the fastest-growing fish. It can reach an average weight of 15 to 29 Lb. although in very exceptional cases some individuals may reach about 40 lbs.


Teams that are interested in competition in the mode “Catch and release”, and in Sailfish/Marlin categories, must bring their own digital camera, that can connect to a computer in order to copy the videos. It, as well, should have a clean memory device and its battery completely charged. It will be submitted the day of registration.


This year more than two Million Mexican Pesos in prizes are offered. The heaviest catch registered everyday will get Ten Thousand pesos. So call now to reserve your spot 1-800-607-7428 


Sportfishing is one of many activities that you can do on your Puerto Vallarta Vacationand events like the International Fishing Tournament which promotes good sportsmanship without damaging the environment.

Villas del Palmar Puerto Vallarta

Named after a former Jalisco’s Governor, Ignacio Vallarta; Puerto Vallarta (Vallarta for short) is Mexico’s third most important port and the second most important economic zone in Jalisco; for the people that every year walk under its sunny sky, Puerto Vallarta is a place where the magic and color are present wherever you look. Making this wonderful spot one of Mexico’s top Tourist Destination, and a Must see on your next Mexican Vacation.


The gorgeous Beaches and Tourist resorts acts like a magnet for visitors, that come from all over the world, willing to enjoy the sand, sea and the aquatic activities that this wonderful zone has to offer.  Call now to talk about your next Puerto Vallarta Vacation 1-800-607-7428


Nothing its more relaxing than see the eternal cycle of the waves, coming and going, while seagulls fly around with their cries. As a parent the most beautiful picture is when you watch your children play with the sand and sea. Those who are in love, nothing is more romantic than see a sunset in the beach together with your loved one… And Puerto Vallarta, offers that and more to their guests.


If you are willing to do something else than go to Beach, Puerto Vallarta has a wide number of options for all ages: Malls, where you can find a wide variety of goods for all family members and eat something in their delicious food courts.


Do you want to do something fun? In this wonderful port city, you can find a wide variety of movie theaters, and good places to dance and have fun.


If you like to see Puerto Vallarta most important Land Marks, you can’t miss the Down Town. Down Town you can see the Parish Church of Our Lady de Guadalupe, walk thought el Malecon, enjoy the mimes, see sand statues and the contemporary art or just sit down in the Plaza de Armas and do some people watching.


Taking advantage of its exotic landscape, Puerto Vallarta has been scenario of famous movies like La Noche de La Iguana (1963) and Predator (1987); Stars like Elizabeth Taylor and John Hudson have left their mark in this Mexican Port City, and you can visit the places where they have left their touch.


Why not pay a visit to a wonderful place like Botanical Garden? Here you can learn about the diversity of plants that grows in Vallarta; do you want to see an archeological collection? You can see it in Cuale Archeological Museum, where you can learn about the ancients cultures that once lived here.


For those who love animals, they can pay a visit at Puerto Vallarta Zoological Gardens or if they prefer a more natural approach, the hotel of your choice can offer information about how can you swim with dolphins or watch wild animals in their natural environment.  Sometimes the Zoo has baby tigers in its petting zoo. Please call us to see if there are any new Cubs  1-800-607-7428 


Puerto Vallarta, one of the most beauty and diverse cities in Mexico; it’s one of the cities that when you visit it, you want stay; and when you leave, a part of it remains your heart.

Cancun Vacation Scuba Diving

Cancun’s beauty isn’t limited to its white sandy beaches and legendary past, this place is rich in underwater natural treasures too. Visitors who are enthusiasts of Scuba Diving and Snorkeling, dream to dive in its blue waters and discover for themselves what secrets are hidden within. We will make a brief review of the best Diving Spots to check out on your Cancun Vacation in the Glistening City’s water.


The Underwater Museum of Art, is supported by the Scuba Cancun Divers Center and Nautical Associates of Isla Mujeres. These Life-size sculptures are made with specials materials that encourage the growth of microscopic organisms and allow this singular gallery a new look every time that its visited. This kind of museum is one of the few in its existence around the world and has more than 300 works on display. A Must see on your Cancun Vacation.


A good diving point for Advanced Divers is the shipwreck “The C58 Minesweeper”,  where grouper’s and manta rays can be found. It has become an artificial reef in 1980, when it was sunk off the coast of Cozumel.  This WWII vessel is an example of how humans can help to recover sub-aquatic ecosystems.


The Bat Cave, also known as La Caverna de los Murcielagos, is a fine example where to practice scuba diving on your vacation inside a Cenote which is a must-go site for every open water certified enthusiast. Its large columns, stalactites and small and intricate formations make you feel as if you were in a subaquatic wonderland; locals guarantee that when you come back to  the surface, you will be totally speechless with this marvel. You can call us now to reserve a spot 1-800-607-7428


The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks is a good location if you want to have a close encounter with  several members of these species. This coral formation was discovered in 1960 near Isla Mujeres and lies about 60 feet under the surface This cave takes its name because the sharks use their bubbles of submerged springs to breathes, allowing them to somehow “sleep”;  meanwhile encounters with  Bull, Black Tip and Gray Reef Sharks can be expected there.


Located in the eastern part of Punta Cancun is Aristos Reef. This amazing coralline structure belongs to the Great Mesoamerican Reef, also knows as The Great Mayan Reef, the world’s second-largest. Its full of colorful life forms, and this place is the home of barracudas and others fish species. Its considered a great zone to explore for divers of all levels, however currents can be strong due to the open ocean, therefore caution is advised.


Manchones Reef, is the most popular spot to submerge in Isla Mujeres, due its 40th depth and clear calm waters. Divers of all skills can appreciate blue tangs, wrasse, grunts, snappers and  a final tribute for all those men and women who die by the sea: The Cross of the Bay.


Its weak submarine currents, makes Media Luna an area where to go if you are still getting comfortable underwater, still far away to be a boring trip. It is a world with arches, caves and ridges where life forms such as spiny sea urchins, floor crawling Caribbean Lobster, the jewelfish and the sea anemone inhabit.


Resting at 95 feet is the cargo ship UltraFreeze (El Frio), which is another example of artificial reef. This place is highly recommended if you are a underwater photographer, but experience is required to reach it. Sea turtles, amber jacks and others larges fish have been seen here in this blue marvel, letting you take some extraordinary pictures for the scrap book of your Cancun Vacation.


An adventurous spirit can discover wonders under the surface in Cancun; its natural  and artificial reefs, the caves, cenotes and shipwrecks have a wide collection of species in an outstanding environment where divers can enjoy the warm waters of Caribbean Sea.

Puerto Vallarta Vacation

Every tourist city has its own icons that distinguishes it from others. People, monuments, buildings, local squares and topographic features help create the individuality of its place, and makes it recognizable. Los Arcos National Marine Park, is one of Banderas Bay’s most well known Landmarks in the area, a must see on your Puerto Vallarta Vacation. You can call us toll Free now to set up your vacation 1-800-607-7428


This formation is a group of  five granite islets, which can reach a height of 16 to 164 Ft. Above the sea level. Three of them have a natural arch, which were sculpted by the elements. This distinctive characteristic gives Los Arcos, its name. This landmark is located between Playas Gemelas and Mismaloya, at 5.5 nautical miles south from Puerto Vallarta.


Mexican Government declared it a protected zone in 1975 and it got a status as a National Marine Park, in 1984.  This reserve has 74 acres, in which inhabits many examples of local plants, vegetation, fish and birds. Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Bird watching, Whale Watching are some of the activities that you can do when you visit, please note that Whale watching cruises can book fast, so call us if you need to reserve one a head of time: 1-800-607-7428


Snorkelers will find there reefs, tunnels caves and arch to discover. The water temperature is quite nice and the surface, is rarely choppy. It can be in the winter 18° C,  and in summer can reach 35° C. Its visibility varies between 15 – 50 feet year around. Angelfish, puffer fish, needle-fish, clownfish and damsels are some of the fish schools that you will encounter on your quest beneath the surface.


For those who like deep water exploration, Los Arcos has many interesting diving spots. Some of them are El Aquario (The Aquarium), where shallow divers are invited to swim; El Cañon (The Canyon) and La Quijada del Diablo (The Devil’s Jaw) which are recommended for advanced divers. An extra thrill can be experimented when you submerge at nights, because many species are just seen after the sunset.


While you sail in this zone, you can catch an amazing view of the Puerto Vallarta and its jungle. Others interesting sightings are the birds, as Pelicans and the rare Blue-footed booby. They choose these islets, which are inaccessible, for nesting.  Its likely that you will see Dolphins too, which are very popular visitors, as well as Sea Turtles and giant manta rays and in the winter you will have the possibility to watch the humpback whales. Again we recommend you call to reserve a tour because they fill up fast 1-800-607-7428


Los Arcos is more than a touristic point of interest, its a very important ecological reserve for Mexico. Every visitor is a protector of this natural treasure, because we will inherit it to generations to come.


The Spanish Missions in Baja California were founded to serve as outposts for Catholic religious orders who were looking to convert the natives to their faith. These missions are part of Loreto’s cultural legacy and are must see landmarks.  With too many to list here are just a few of the missions that surround the Loreto.


– Juan María de Salvatierra founded The Mission of Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó on October 25, 1697.  This Jesuit center was the first to be successful in the Baja region and served as a central mission for other smaller ones. This mission at the time was known as Mission Loreto. Nearby, you can visit The Jesuit Mission Museum with more than 300 artifacts on display.


– Mission San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biaundó is located at kilometer 118 on the Transpeninsular Highway, south of Loreto. It was established in 1699 by the Jesuit Father, Francisco Maria Piccolo and constructed entirely of stone blocks. The church is usually open 7.00 am To 6.00 pm and is considered a Mexican heritage landmark.


– Located between Loreto and La Paz is Nuestra Señora de los Dolores del Sur Chillá (Mission Dolores).  It was built in 1721 by Jesuit priest Clemente Guillen.  This place drew Malibat’s indian neophytes (beginners) until it was abandoned in 1768, when the Franciscans arrived. The ruins can be reached by sea or by following the Transpeninsular highway to kilometer 128.


– San Juan Bautista Malibat is located 30 kilometers south of Loreto, near the Gulf of California. This Mission was built in 1705 by Pedro de Ugarte. With few agricultural options to maintain the inhabitants, this mission was closed in 1721 and the neophytes were moved to Mission Dolores.  Among the surviving ruins are several sections of  the building’s foundation


– San Jose de Comondú was built in 1709, in its original location known as “Comondú Viejo”.  In 1736 it was relocated 50 kilometers southwest, where the foundation of the chaplet and portions of an irrigation system still survives. The mission was relocated, again, 3 km upstream from San Miguel. In 1750 a stone building was erected  on the site and later closed in 1827. At the beginning of twentieth century, a large portion of the building was demolished.


The Spanish Missions of Loreto are important landmarks in Baja California. Their influence can be observed through out the nearby towns.

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