Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled a list of questions we thought would be useful for anyone considering diving in Zihuatanejo. If you have anymore questions, please do not hesitate to ask us on the Contact page.
What temperature can I expect while diving?
From June up until February is our warmer season. The water temperature begins to increase in mid June and lasts until late February, with the temperature reaching a nice 30 ºC (86 ºF). From the beginning of March until mid June is when the water cools down, ranging from 17º C (62 ºF) to about 23 ºC (73 ºF).
When is the best time to dive?
Our best season for diving is during the beginning of November to the end of March. The water visibility is crystal blue and reaches around 30 metres (100 feet). The water temperature also stabilises at around 27 ºC (80 ºF) and this is also the time when we see both Whale Sharks and Blue Whales coming in.
Do I need to bring my certification card with me?
Essentially no. If you are registered with PADI or any other organisation than all we need is your full name and date of birth and we can look up your certification details online.
What are the guidelines with flying after diving?
We refer you to DAN, the Divers Alert Network, for any medical and safety questions you may have. We recommend no less than 18 hours from your last dive to the time you get on an airplane.
Do I have to be a great swimmer to become a diver?
No. You do not have to be a great swimmer, however you should feel comfortable enough in the water as this will help you succeed in your courses.
Do I have to bring my own equipment or can I rent it from Dive Zihua?
When you dive with us, the prices will always include your gear rental. However, we do have a fully equipped facility and you can rent anything you wish from us.
What are the departure times and how long will we be out?
We meet at the dive shop at 8:30 and then we leave for the pier to meet the boat and head to our first dive spot. We leave early due to the rougher weather that comes later in the day. We usually spend around 4 hours diving for a double tank dive and will be back at the pier around 1:30 p.m.
What marine life can I expect to see while diving?
The Pacific Ocean is known for the great amount of life it has. While different days of the month will bode different species these are the typical things we see on an average dive, Puffer fish, Stingrays, Moray Eels, Spotted Eagle Rays, Turtles, Seahorses and during the warmer months you may be able to see Blue Whales and Shark Whales.
What should I bring for my day of diving / snorkeling?
We provide all of the equipment you may need for your day out but you may wish to bring personal items as well. You may wish to bring sun block, a towel is recommended for the cooler months, sunglasses and a hat. We also recommend that you take precaution if you are prone to sea sickness. We do provide refreshments on the boat for the entire trip.
What payment methods do you accept?
At the shop we only accept cash, which can be in either pesos or U.S. dollars. We do have a PayPal account which is a convenient way for you to use your credit cards; PayPal accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express.
What is the diving like in Zihua?
The Pacific Ocean is a very unreliable thing, the water temperature and visibility change without notice. However, the health and vitality of the species seen is undeniable. There are many reefs to dive as well as caverns and a wall face that drops to aprox. 35 metres (115 feet). The best times to dive are from November to mid March, since the water visibility is best and the water is warmest.