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Grotte des requins endormis
Grotte des requins endormis

Grotte des requins endormis

À seulement 30 minutes au large de la côte de Cancun, près d'Isla Mujeres, se trouve une destination de plongée populaire appelée Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, qui a déconcerté les biologistes marins du monde entier. Les requins doivent être constamment en mouvement pour respirer à travers leur peau, mais dans cette grotte, les requins peuvent utiliser les bulles des sources sous-marines pour respirer, leur permettant de «dormir» complètement immobiles.

La grotte des requins endormis a été découverte en 1969 et se trouve à environ 20 mètres sous l'eau, formée par des formations coralliennes qui permettent aux plongeurs de s'approcher des requins au repos. Les requins nourrices sont le plus souvent vus dans la grotte et bien qu'ils soient inoffensifs, il est toujours exaltant de pouvoir nager si près d'eux.

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Isla Mujeres

The basics

The cave sits roughly 60 feet (20 meters) underwater and can be reached on dive tours from Isla Mujeres. If you’re coming from Cancun, hop on the ferry to reach the island; they run roughly every 30 minutes. Once on the island, you can get around on foot, golf cart, or scooter; the island is just 5 miles (8 kilometers) long.

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Things to know before you go

  • Cave of the Sleeping Sharks is ideal for scuba divers looking for something different to impress their dive buddies.
  • The cave is not recommended for beginner divers due to its depth.
  • National parks and many other natural attractions in Mexico require that visitors use biodegradable sunscreen, which can be found at local pharmacies and tourist shops.
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How to get there

The ferry to Isla Mujeres departs from Puerto Juarez, just outside Cancun, and arrives on the northern end of the island, within walking distance of local dive operators.

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Idées de voyage

When to get there

Peak season to visit the Cancun area is winter, when the weather is warm and dry. The Caribbean’s hurricane season runs from May through September, which is unpredictable but can mean rain and cloudy skies.

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Underwater Sculpture Museum

One of the most popular dive sites off Isla Mujeres is the Museo Subacuático de Arte (Underwater Museum of Art), aka MUSA. Opened in 2010, the sculpture park is the work of artist Jason deCaires Taylor and was designed as a counterpoint to the effects of climate change on the oceans’ coral reefs. The sculptures will evolve as coral grows and the native marine life make the museum its home.

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