We've been cruising at 15 knots for a half-hour when our 48' custom dive boat suddenly slows
and slips back into an ocean swell. We're less than half way to the western-most rim of
Chinchorro Banks off the southeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. The crew has spotted
a small pod of dolphins. The boat turns to meet one of the more curious dolphins swimming toward
us. Skillfully, the captain swings the stern of the boat around allowing the dolphin to play
in the jets of water produced by the turbo engines. Divers hovers near the transom to watch
as the dolphin shimmies through the bubbles -- a mere two feet below us. It glides effortlessly
up and down while playing in the forceful blasts of water. A minute later, the ocean
ambassador loses interest and disappears into the deep blue. This is only the first of
many close marine life encounters we'll experience while diving the reefs of
In this exclusive, CoralRealm feature story,
you'll learn all about diving the largest atoll in the northern hemisphere.
In addition to learning about the marine environment at Chinchorro Banks, we've included a
CoralRealm review of resort facilities.
There's also a two-page photo gallery containing more than 50 underwater and terrestrial photographs.