Banco Chinchorro
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Scuba Dive in Banco Chinchorro Reef

Explore this paradise for divers, where the water's clarity allows you to marvel at the pristine condition of the large corals and sponges.

Banco Chinchorro

Amidst the stunning crystalline waters of the Mexican Caribbean lies a reef system boasting both diversity and beauty. The Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve is revered as one of Mexico’s natural treasures, ranking as the world’s second most important reserve, trailing only behind Australia. 

Discover this breathtaking wonder of the Mexican Caribbean and be awestruck by the magnificence of this corner of the ocean.

Banco Chinchorro: The Second Largest Atoll in the World

Approximately 19 miles off the beautiful shores of Mahahual lies this natural wonder. A place that has been the subject of tales and fantastical legends since colonial times, enveloped in fantasy and beauty. 

Banco Chinchorro is the world’s second-largest atoll, covering 356,515 acres and comprising reefs, a lagoon reef, and small islands. Notable ones include Cayo Norte, composed of two islands; Cayo Centro, the largest island where fishermen reside; and Cayo Lobos, the smallest island and the primary site of biological research. 

As a Biosphere Reserve, it’s imperative to protect the area and respect all guidelines for its preservation. There are strict island biosecurity protocols to prevent the introduction of invasive species, requiring thorough cleaning of diving equipment.


  • Diving into the depths of its waters
  • Snorkeling to explore the abundant biological diversity
  • Ideal spot for sport fishing—catch and release
  • Observing the flora and fauna; marveling at the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean

Services Available in the Area

  • Parking 
  • Ground transportation
  • Mobile network coverage
  • Medical and hospital services
  • Access to potable water
  • Ports

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Banco Chinchorro, Quintana Roo, México

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