THE BEST SPEARFISHING LOCATIONS IN MEXICO
Mexico is a stunning country with breathtaking land and seascapes as well as world-class hospitality. This is especially true of the country’s Caribbean coastline. Comprised of the tourist hotspots such as Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum, among others, this region of Mexico, known as the Mexican Caribbean, offers guests some of the most unforgettable travel experiences you’ll find anywhere. Located in front of the world’s second longest barrier reef — the Mesoamerican Reef — and surrounded by verdant jungle, the sights, sounds, and adventures are stuff dreams are made of. And the best spearfishing locations in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Of course, among the incredible activities in Mexico’s stunning Caribbean paradise is the sport of spearfishing. With no tanks allowed due to federal law, it’s just you, your speargun, and the great Caribbean Sea. Since our beginnings in 2008, at Spearfishing Today we have expanded operations to include six of the region’s most popular spearfishing locations: Cozumel Island, where it all began, as well as Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Holbox Island, Isla Mujeres, and Tulum. Each spot has its own mesmerizing spearfishing spots and challenges. Together with our professional guides, you’ll be able to explore those depths and test your limits.
Spearfishing in Cancun is a great activity for spearos of all skill levels. Cancun offers coral heads, ledges, drop-offs, shipwrecks, and deep blue water at varying depths. Our guides will take you to the fishing spots that best suit your spearfishing experience. With year-round temperatures around 28 ºC, you’ll enjoy the warm water, awesome visibility, and a wide variety of fish for the feast.
Depth: 4 to 30 meters (15 – 100 ft.)
Fish: Amberjack, wahoo, barracuda, grouper, snapper, lionfish, yellow jack, hogfish, permit, mahi-mahi, mackerel.
Spearfishing in Cozumel is an experience like no other. Most spearfishing spots in Cozumel are only a twenty-minute boat ride from shore.Considered to be one of the top five dive sites in the entire world, Cozumel’s privileged geographic location has placed the beautiful Mesoamerican Reef between the coastline of the mainland and the coastline of the island. The result? Spectacular views, calm waters, and abundant marine lifein caves, shipwrecks, and at exciting drop-offs. Depending on your spearfishing skills, we’ll either fish at various depths off the coast of Cozumel or head out further into deeper waters.
Depth: 6 to 30 meters (20 – 100 ft)
Fish: Triggerfish, barracuda, snapper, amberjack, grouper, wahoo, mahi-mahi, rainbow runner, lionfish, African pompano.
Spearfishing in Holbox is an incredible but challenging experience at diverse pinnacles, reefs, and shipwrecks. Located at the point where the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea converge, the turquoise green waters don’t provide as great visibility as at our other spearfishing spots on the Caribbean-side of life. That doesn’t mean, however, that you won’t have some spectacular fishing; just that it won’t be as easy to hunt in the underwater havens of the Caribbean Sea. But, if you’ve got the experience and ability, you’ll definitely be glad you went fishing in Holbox. Plus, Holbox is a hidden gem of a destination and has less tourism than places like Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
Depth: 18 – 30 meters (60 – 100 ft.)
Fish: Snapper, grouper, amberjack, cobia, permit.
SPEARFISHING ISLA MUJERES
Spearfishing in Isla Mujeres is similar to that of Cancun. Overall good visibility, some great spots to go spearfishing, and the nice, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Most spots we spearfish in Isla Mujeres are only a short boat ride from shore. There are some nice areas of reef around the island, shipwrecks that attract many fish, and even a stunning sleeping shark cave which is also accessible to freedivers.
Depth: 4 to 30 meters (15 – 100 ft.)
Fish: Amberjack, barracuda, grouper, snapper, lionfish, yellow jack, hogfish, permit, mahi-mahi, mackerel.
SPEARFISHING PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Spearfishing in Playa del Carmen is much like that of Cozumel with one small difference: visibility in Playa del Carmen isn’t quite as good as it is in Cozumel. Then again, few places are. However, you’ll often find the same species of fish on this side of the reef, and there are some incredible spearfishing spots off the coast of Playa del Carmen, some of which can be reached only if you’re an experienced freediver. Playa del Carmen Coral has coral heads, ledges, drop-offs, shipwrecks, and deep blue water, making it a perfect destination for all skill levels.
Depth: 6 meters to 28 meters (20 – 90 ft.)
Fish: Permit, wahoo, barracuda, snapper, grouper, mackerel, wahoo, lionfish, African pompano.
Spearfishing in Tulum is the perfect combination of mesmerizing blue hues of the Caribbean Sea and some spectacular views (and hunting) at coral heads, ledges, deep blue waters. In fact, with the amazing Mayan ruins of Tulum towering over the Caribbean Sea, no other destination offers the type of eye candy that includes both land and seascapes. Fishing here is spectacular, as is the visibility. Combine that with some rest and relaxation on what are arguably some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and you’ll be spearfishing in style in Tulum.
Depth: 6 to 25 meters (20 – 80 ft.)
Fish: Mackerel, barracuda, snapper, grouper, lionfish, hogfish.