Twilight / NIGHT Reef Dive
This is an extended 1 tank dive in the Manchones Reef System. This dive starts as we enter the water with the setting sun and finishes in the dark of night. Be there as marine life comes to life in the setting sun. This is when we see lobsters and octopuses come out to eat and explore their surroundings. There are also opportunities to see turtles, nurse sharks, and more, exploring the night waters. On this dive, we go to one of the several dive sites within the Manchones Reef System.
Manchones National Park
Manchones Reef is the start of the Mesoamerican reef system that travels all the way down to Honduras through Belize and Guatemala. Stretching for nearly 700 miles, this is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. This amazing reef system is the home to a dazzling array of coral and is home and food to abundant marine life that includes turtles, sharks, and hundreds of fish species. This reef and the mangroves that grow along the shores provide habitat to both marine life and shorebirds and are hugely important in the protection of the coastal areas from strong storms and hurricanes
The national park is a 12-kilometer national park that offers much to the recreational diver of every level and beautiful areas for those interested in snorkeling.
There are many different parts of Manchones National Park.
This beautiful reef in Isla Mujeres is divided into two areas
Which is an area that is widely spread and can be dived from many different parts before you can even hope to see and understand the whole reef. The bottom of this reef is 10meters/33feet and this is the deepest that it goes. The beautiful reef area has mounds that go up to 5 meters and abounds in marine life. This makes it perfect for both diving and snorkeling. The shallow depths allow the diver or snorkeler to appreciate the amazing colors and vibrant life in a way that you cannot find in deeper waters, while still having the possibility to spot the pelagic marine life that swims through.
Common sightings in this reef are the hawksbill turtle and southern stingrays. The reef also abounds in grunts and snappers, many angelfish, sergeant majors, and wrasse. Lobsters and eels can also be sighted hiding in amongst the outcroppings on the reef.
In Manchones 1 you also have the possibility of spotting another 2 statues of Jason De Caires Taylor.
The dream collector was installed on 14th November 2009. A collection of bottles, brought by the ocean, are collated by a male registrar and his dog. Each bottle contains messages from communities or individuals from around the world.
The man on fire was installed on 14 November 2009 at a depth of 8mts. He is a cast of a local Mexican fisherman and has been drilled with over 75 holes on the circumference of the torso is seeded with rescued pieces of fire coral (Millepora Alicorni), which gains it its name from its obvious bright orange substance, but also because of its ability to inflict severe burns or stings to bare skin. The dominant species can repel many other types of marine growth and was installed using long-nosed pliers and marine epoxy adhesive. It is predicted to cover the man`s entire body giving the appearance of flames with its pointed finger-like growth. He depicts human dependence on and the overuse of essential limited natural resources. He weighs around a tonne.
Manchones 2 runs parallel to Manchones 1 but the feel of the reef is completely different. This reef tends to be a large outcropping of the reef the runs closer to the surface and tends to be more separate mounds that run closer to the surface and parallel to the island. Perfect for zigzagging between these areas and there are even a few beautiful swim-throughs. There are more chances of seeing turtles here and is also a favorite of the snorkelers.
Situated at the base of the Manchones 1 reef, this amazing part is surprisingly underived and you can often dive here without seeing another diver. The reef splits off in two directions and you can happily kneel in the sandy area in the middle and comfortably complete any skills required for your courses or swim around a study the diverse marine life that exists hidden away in the reef.
Very close to this part of the reef is another statue called