Tortuga Island Dive Sites

Map of Tortuga Island Scuba Diving Sites

Map of Tortuga Island’s Scuba Diving Sites. Note that the shipwreck shown at the top is 10km or so nearly directly north of where it’s shown on the map. Map Copyright 2012 by Geoff McCabe

A larger coastal map showing the dives sites and more is here: Large Coast Map

Tortuga Island Dive Sites

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Aquarium (El Aquario):

The site gets its’ name from the huge quantity and variety of tropical fish which surround the divers during their immersion. The area is comprised of canyons and large ‘elephant ear’ corals. The depth ranges from 3 to 30 meters making this an excellent site for divers of all levels of experience.

Bye Bye Reef:

This exciting “drift dive” follows a current that takes you past large volcanic rock walls on the east tip of Tortuga Island. In addition to the usual mix of tropical fish, here you will come across many Spotted Jacks, Manta Rays and Eagle Rays.

Cañones:

The Spanish word for canyons, this site was appropriately named due to the numerous canyons that cover the ocean floor. While exploring the crevasses and caves you will find many lobsters, various types of Moray Eels and Parrotfish. The depth ranges between 5 and 30 meters and has excellent visibility. It is also common to spot Turtles and Southern Stingrays.

Piñones or El Laberinto

Beautiful vertical formations make for an exciting dive through this underwater labyrinth. This isn’t shown on the map above, but is located between Cañones and Bye Bye Reef.

Franklin Chang Wreck Dive:

This recent wreck is lays on the ocean floor at a depth of 23 meters with its’ top reaching up to 17 meters below the surface. The wreck is quickly presenting more and more marine life like hundred of different Snappers and Jacks.

La Cueva

– “The Cave” – This is the spot where you’re most likely to see 2-3 white tip reef sharks sleeping, as shown in the video in the next section (although this video wasn’t taken here, but at Playa Muertos near Tambor).

Mortero

– Shallow dive of 7-15m. Good for beginners. Lots of fish. Great area for snorkeling as well in case someone in your group doesn’t want to scuba.

   Part I: Scuba Diving in Montezuma   –   Part III: Tambor Dive Sites   

 

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