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2301 Central Expy #140

Plano, TX 75075

(972) 423-3483​


Mon-Fri: 11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Scuba Diving in Mahahual

The Mahahual dive trip offers a unique experience to dive Mexico’s largest coral atoll. Divers will get to stay at the Nacional Beach Club, located in the heart of Mahahual. These bungalows are beachfront, located right on the sea, the perfect place for divers to rest at the end of a long day of exploring. Although there are dives in Mahahual, the biggest attraction is the protected Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral atoll in Mexico, less than two hours from the small fishing village.

Diving at Banco Chinchorro

About 20 miles off the coast of Mahahual lies the mysterious and wonderful coral atoll, Banco Chinchorro. This federal reserve, is a graveyard for more than 60 sunken ships, including Spanish and English galleons dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Since the Banco Chinchorro has been a protected area since 1996, it conserves its natural beauty. The atoll also offers wonderful opportunities to see marine life like rays, turtles, eels, nurse sharks, and angelfish. Measuring around 8,500 sq ft, divers have many options in choosing which dive is best for them. The dive sites are custom selected each trip based on multiple factors, including the sea conditions, weather, and the duration of the trip.

The Dives in Banco Chinchorro

Aquario 1 & 2

Some of the prettiest sites in all of Banco Chinchorro can be seen along these dives. More soft coral is found here than anywhere else on the Caribbean coastline, and there is also an abundance of sea fans, elkhorn, fire coral, and brain coral. Some marine life on this dive includes schools of blue tangs, snappers, giant lobsters, huge green moray eels, and barracudas. Nurse sharks and eagle rays often hover over the sandy bottom. The maximum depth of these sites is around 60 feet, with an average of about 45.


This dive is perfect for all the shark lovers out there. Usually, two or three nurse sharks approach divers on their descent and stay with the group for the dive duration. The maximum depth is about 65 feet, but it’s not necessary to go this deep to see the enormous yellow sponges and schools of jacks and sardines. Divers will also likely see groupers, blue parrotfish, and turtles.

El Solitario

Divers who like to use their compasses will appreciate the challenge of staying on course through this dive. In the middle of the dive, a vast rock appears, starting at 50 feet and dropping down to the sand at 115 feet, which is where the navigation practice comes in. To get to the next reef, divers must navigate around the rock from wall to pinnacle to the wall again. Some marine life that can be spotted on this dive are reef and nurse sharks, rays, groupers, snappers, and often turtles. The maximum depth for this dive is about 85 feet.


Nurse sharks are the highlight of this dive site. They’re highly active and follow divers around until the end of the dive while making gentle turns around divers along the way. Among the nurse sharks, divers can expect to encounter reef fish in all different colors, shapes, and sizes, as well as black groupers, hawksbill and green turtles, moray eels, and giant lobster. The maximum depth for this dive is around 65 feet.

Gonzales 1 & 2

This dive is very diverse, with depths ranging between 25 and 115 feet. The reef topography varies greatly, even in the shallower parts of this site, with some of the most beautiful coral formations Chinchorro has to offer. Divers will swim over sandy areas, through canyons, past pinnacles, and along cracks in the reef. In the sheltered areas, a multitude of marine life hides out, and huge sponges and gorgonian fans flourish. Expect to see eagle rays, turtles, and nurse sharks on this dive.

Gran Muro

For those who love a fantastic wall dive, don’t miss out on Gran Muro. Divers will see how the wall drops to a breath-taking 200 feet. Divers also swim past enormous barrel sponges and beautiful giant yellow tube sponges. Expect nurse and reef sharks, turtles, huge black groupers, lots of tiger and Nassau groupers, rays, snappers, and lobsters. Another highlight of this dive is the vast schools of bonnet mouth and boga fish. The maximum depth for this dive is usually about 90 feet.

Reina del Sur

This dive has lots of marine life to enjoy, including hawkbill, green, and loggerhead turtles. As the dive continues, divers will notice the reef drops down to more than 100 feet. Along the way, divers might spot huge black groupers, as well as nurse and reef sharks cruising along the rock formation. The maximum depth for this dive is about 65 feet.

SS 40 Cannons

This shipwreck was once a Spanish galleon, part of a 17-boat armada, that ran aground in 1648. This dive is superb, taking divers back 500 years. 36 canons are scattered around with a giant cast-iron double-fluke anchor lying about 130 feet west. Ballast stones and even small wooden parts are still visible, and much of it is encrusted with layers of coral. The maximum depth is 25 feet with an average of 15.

SS Inger Skou

This shipwreck was once a Danish steamboat from the 19th century. It was a massive vessel transporting heavy machinery and metal when it ran aground in 1955. It’s easily the best shipwreck to explore in the area due to the size and the number of artifacts. Diving this site, divers will explore a majestic industrial underwater scenery inhabited by snappers, parrotfish, and hogfish. Eagle rays and nurse sharks are frequent visitors to the area, and sometimes even black tips.


This beautiful wall dive has a maximum depth of about 80 feet. About halfway through the dive is the deepest part of the wall, where divers can find crabs, shrimps, groupers, and parrot fish. Throughout the journey, there is also a good chance of seeing nurse sharks, turtles, and barracudas. Towards the end of the dive, divers will enjoy swimming on top of the reef, swarming with schools of juvenile and adult reef fish.

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Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

John Worthen July - 2020

I can’t recommend this place enough. After moving to the area, I read a lot of reviews and emailed several dive shops before going with Scuba Adventures. I choose them because they were the most responsive and helpful. The owners seem to not only be great divers but have business backgrounds. This is the most focus on customer service I have seen in a dive shop. Good inventory with all of the brands I could ask for. On point with their pricing. If you do find a better price they will work with you.

I ended up taking the Rescue Diver course and had a blast! I just got back from a dive trip with them at Lake Travis, very enjoyable. They also have one of the only indoor pools (18 ft.) in the area.

At Scuba ranch they have a big spot that is one of the easiest to get to and a nice pavilion for training. They are right next to the air refill station, which I love! Family and friends are welcome at the ranch. Good community there on weekends and you'll most likely find a dive buddy for a fun dive.

Maddie Womack August - 2020

Scuba Adventures and their staff are beyond amazing! Their Plano store has a very wide selection of equipment and the pool is 18ft deep! Their Scuba Ranch location is amazing and still growing, with plenty of room and seating. I’m a fairly new diver and all the instructors do an amazing job of making me feel safe and secure deep underwater. Their staff is always very helpful and I can’t wait to continue my diving knowledge and certificates with them.

Jason Domenden March - 2020

Found a great diving shop for all my gear. Been living here in texas for awhile and this shop has just what I needed. Really recommend scuba adventure for all your gear.

Emily Winnenberg March - 2020

Went in last week to pick out goggles for an upcoming trip— loved the selection of masks they had available! Ended up picking out a hot pink pair to shamelessly match the other accessories I’d picked out.

Matt K March - 2020

The new owners are the greatest! Their positive approach towards people and the sport of diving are huge part of the reason I love the sport. When they told me they were going to open a dive shop; I knew without a doubt I was going to be their customer. I have taken several dive adventures with them and other scuba diving misfits, and plan on taking many more.

Martin Garvie February - 2020

Decided to revisit this shop since it is under new management. Already impressed with the facility improvements - by far the best training pool I have seen. Looking forward to the roll out of the full training curriculum - will be able to go from open water certified through all kinds of technical specialties. Good dive gear selection. Owners really have a great vision for promoting scuba diving and ocean adventures.

Don Champlin July - 2020

This is the shop with the most experienced and competent personnel in the metroplex. Their commitment to safe, enjoyable and professional instruction is obvious from the first time you enter the store and meet the staff and owners. I have dove with most of them over the years and know first hand the love of diving they have and now share with the community as the new team. They are knowledgeable and up to date with the latest dive info. Don't miss a chance to dive with them.

Julie L February - 2020

In January 2020, Scuba Adventures was purchased by divers that were affiliated with a different scuba store. These same divers taught me to dive, and got me to fall in love with scuba diving (despite me being pretty scared to start). I trust them, enough that I opted to take a trip with them to Cozumel for diving in 2019. It was one of the best trips of my life, and now I'm already signed up for their Costa Rica dive trip in 2020 with Scuba Adventures. I haven't visited the shop yet, but I can 100% vouch for the new owners--they are knowledgeable divers, good people, and all around amazing.

Jeremiah Perez May - 2020

Owners and staff are professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Allowed me to try backplate and wing set up in the pool. They did not pressure me to buy anything, but gave great information on products and financing options. All in all great staff and would recommend them to anyone!!!

Eric Coulombe August - 2020

Great customer service, from the owners to the employees. Very knowledgeable about everything and anything pertaining to scuba diving. The instructors are highly educated and experienced in scuba diving. They put you through real life scenarios, so you know and understand what to do in the event something happens while you are under water. My family and I learned a lot about scuba diving in a very short amount of time. We will definitely keep taking additional courses with Scuba Adventures as we progress. We definitely reccomend Scuba Adventures to anyone wanting to learn and get scuba diving certified.
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