Jardines de la Reina Dive Sites and Map Location

50 dive sites are currently available, scattered over the entire perimeter of Los Jardines de la Reina. Dive sites are well protected from the winds and sea currents.

Whale SharkJardines de la Reina, Divers

The abundance of large and calm snappers and groupers, including jewfish make diving spectacular in the reefs of Jardines de la Reina. The harmless whale shark, the largest of all sharks, can be seasonably found with big amounts in the area. This, of course, means an additional and special attraction.

This is the kingdom of sponges, which are numerous and incredibly diversified in colours (yellow, violet, purple) and shape (tubular, amphora, organ pipe, ramified, thread-like). Waters are warm and really clear, the visibility goes over forty metres.

This time we shall limit our explorations to the “Queen’s Gardens”, characterized by vertical slopes and destinations with poetic names such as La Cabeza del Negro, El Hueco del Pulpo, Lemon Dulce, La Cueva de Carmen. All these places are rich in residing fish and blessed with an incredible underwater horizontal visibility of more than forty meters.

Sharks are one of the main attractions and are everywhere. You can easily dive weekly with 5 different species of “Carcarinus”; Silky, Caribbean Reef, Lemon, Black tip, Nurse and you have chances to dive also with Whale sharks and Hammerhead sharks.

Sharks in Jardines de la Reina Dive Sites

The best opportunity for video and photography lovers in the Jardines is from Oct until May. Water clarity and visibility are at their peak, up to 200 feet. During summer time, June- -August you will have more fish around due to the reproduction season.

Dive Sites Map Location

Dive Sites Map Location in Jardines de la Reina
  1. El muchacho de montana (19 m)
    The bottom is hard coral with a lot of gorgonias and sponges. The population consists of cubera snapper, red snapper, jewfishes and huge schools of Tarpon and roncos. There is a huge population of lobsters. The bottom slopes at a 45 degree angle from 10 to 16 meters deep.
  2. El Dafil (35 m)
  3. Puente Escondido (18 m)
  4. Peruano I (30 m)
  5. Los Pinos (18 m)
  1. Vicent (40 m)
  2. Montana Rusa (40 m)
  3. El Farallon (31 m)
  4. Pipin (28 m)
  5. Avalon (40 m)
  6. Piramides (35 m)
    On the same wall as Tomtate's House arise big piramides of coral that are 15m high. Piramides has a lot of black coral, deep gorgonias, sponges and corals. You can see here silky sharkes, jureles, barracudas, groupers and rays.
  7. Tomtate's House (19 m)
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  1. Neptuno's Garden (35 m)
  2. El Galeon (18 m)
    This shallow site is the resting place of two wrecks: one ancient galleon and the other a large fishing boat. Large coral mounds are more to hundreds of lobster some of great size and crabs of all sizes and shape. This site provides an interesting dive site at night when all the nocturnal fish and invertebrates appear on the sandy flour around the corals.
  3. The Plain of the groupers (40 m)
    The sea floor consists of a plain with less marked fissures, that develops itself at the side of the fall of the continental platform, creating an extremely suggestive scenery. Several colonies of black coral are found in the wall; the plain is full of life especially in the period of groupers, of different kinds. The size of the groupers varies from 2 to 80 kilos; The transit of huge schools of "carangidi" completes this breathtaking underwater view.
  4. Anclitas (17 m)
  1. El Quebrado (40 m)
    This site in February is a favorite spawning ground for many tiger groupers. Ther are also black grouper, rock hind grouper, nassau grouper and silky sharks.
  2. Patricia (24 m)
    This site is a coral wall between 10 and 20 meters. There are many cracks and holes which are the homes for many sponges, crabs, lobsters and green Morey eels. And also many kinds of reef fish.
  3. Mariflores (20 m)
  4. Five Sea (20 m)
    This is an excellent shallow site in 20 m. Between the rising coral mounds is the wreckage of a small American boat of 15m now after 20 years colonised by corals and home to small arrow crabs and shrimps. Large overhangs are adorned with black coral trees and soft branching corals, red sea - whips Corkscrew downward from the ceiling. In on 5 m of water an infinite variety of coral - reef fish including trumpet fish.
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  1. Cabeza de la cubera (18 m)
    This site rises from a sandy bed into several mounds and canyons. One of the biggest ever grouper ever seen was discovered on this reef recently. Lush corals grow on the mounds and within the cracks are green moray and tigre moray. Many varieties of grouper and snapper are inquisitive enough to approach the diver very closely.
  2. Cueva del pulpo (18 m)
  3. El tunel azul (50 m)
    The entrance to the tunnel is in the vertical wall at 52 m, meandering upwards and exiting at 42 m. A solitairy Jack Crevalle often follows divers everywhere during the dive. Out in the blue: Eagle Rays, Sharks and schools of Barracuda. Large sweeping banks of coral rise to within 15 m of the surface at high tide.
  4. Coral Negro I (40 m)
    This is a beautifully picturesque dive site, provides many exciting dives with numerous silky sharks. Over and along the drop-off large Eagle Rays fly parallel to the wall. Black coral trees , together with thew soft branching corals provide limitless observations of the small reef life. It is not unusual to see at list 15 sharks.
  5. Coral negro II (40 m)
  6. Boca de Piedra (19 m)
  1. Pequeno Paraiso (20 m)
  2. Crucesitas (20 m)
    This wall is covered with gorgonias, black coral big tube sponges and all kinds of reef fish like angelfish, groupers and grunt fish.
  3. La gruta del tarpon (20 m)
    This site has a cave with a large opening at 10 m dropping to 14 m full of tarpons. The scabed at 18 m is home to Rays and schools of snapper and Morays.
  4. Las cruces (18 m)
  5. Cachiboca (40 m)
    A 20 m Plateau has a canyon dropping down to 35 m lined with small caves and tunnels. Famous site for turtles, rays jack, big red snapper, large tarpon inside the tunnels. Soft and hard corals cover the plateau, and large tube sponges protrude from the canyon sides.
  6. Luisa's Reef (16 m)
  7. El Faro (15 m)
    This site has a small number of new developments of coral with many, many small fish. Jewfish, green morey eels, spotted morey eels, torpon, barracudas and many types of other groupers.
  8. Los Indios (13 m)
    This site is a shallow reef between 7 & 16 meters with coral heads. The population is schols of tarpon, large rays, cubera snappers, green morey eels, horse eye jacks and dog snappers.