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Explore Natural Treasures of Banco Chinchorro

For many years, there have been a few intrepid divers who have ventured beyond the Mexican Caribbean’s famed outer reef for dive adventures.

But those few who have made the journey to Banco Chinchorro have been rewarded for their efforts by getting to be let in on the best kept secret in the Caribbean!

Banco Chinchorro is the western hemisphere’s largest coral atoll, but the 2.5 hour boat ride to reach it and the scarcity of permits, has meant that those who have visited its reefs form an exclusive club.

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The atoll sprawls along 600 square miles and showcases close to 200 shipwrecks, some dating back hundreds of years. The vastness and beauty of the place is simply breathtaking. And the variety of reef life is astounding.

Diving on the Chinchorro reef you will find a large variety of coral species, including black coral at unusually shallow depths and many other species of soft coral that are found sporadically and in small quantities on the Great Maya Reef that are vibrant and abundant in Chinchorro. All kind of tropical fish, rays, eels, conch, and giant sponges. And being an offshore reef, a large animal encounter is always around the corner!

Our dive and snorkeling trips to Banco Chinchorro include a stopover on Cayo Centro, a small island with a tiny community of resident fishermen who live there periodically throughout the year. There is a saltwater crocodile population which is another highlight- with over 400 individuals calling the mangrove forests of Banco Chinchorro home.

We offer day trips for either diving or snorkeling. We require a minimum of 6 divers or 8 snorkelers. The best time of the year to dive Chinchorro is during the summer months when the seas are calmest and we have almost daily access. Normal departure time is 8:00 AM. Our trips combine diving or snorkeling with an onshore surface interval and on foot tour on Cayo Centro (Central Caye).

A two tank dive trip with a surface interval excursion to Cayo Centro is $275.00 USD per person. A full day snorkel trip with a surface interval excursion to Cayo Centro is $185.00 USD per person.

We also offer multi-day and custom excursions, part of the 2010 revision of the management program was to allow overnight or multi-day trips, which were illegal before. This allows us to visit areas of Chinchorro that were impossible to access with the previous day-trip only rules. Please drop us an e-mail for a custom quote.


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Chinchorro2 tank air plus Island / Fisherman camp visit and lunch break

5 – 8

Chinchorro3 tank air plus Island / Fisherman camp visit and lunch break

5 – 8

Additional Chinchorro Tank


Chinchorro Snorkeling

5 – 8

Banco Chinchorro Overnight

Groups Only
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Our prices include tanks, weights and weight belt, snorkel vest (in the case of snorkelers), snacks, sandwiches, soft drinks, water, and the biosphere entrance fee and bracelet. All our prices are in US dollars (we will convert to pesos if you would like to pay in national currency). All taxes are included. Prices subject to change without notice.

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