Tarpon Congregation | Xcalak

Hard to belive you can dive through a river of tarpon!
— Ignacio Armida

PROBABILITY OF ENCOUNTER

90%

RECOMMENDED SEASON

REQUIERED EXPERIENCE 

Description

The tarpon congregation occurs in several areas of the coral reef near Xcalak. The tarpon congregate primarily in a dive site called “La Poza” which is a natural made canyon where the tarpon wait against the current for small fish the prey on. It is not uncommon to see over 30 tarpon at the same time. In the Poza one can also encounter congregations of big eyed jacks, large snappers and eagle rays.

Only extreme weather could cancel this dive as it is very close to the dive shop. Although tarpon are not pelagic animals their sheer size and congregation make it an awesome big fish encounter and totally worth it if you are going to visit Chinchorro on the way.

 

 



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Recommended Operator

XTC Dive Center contact Javier Salas at js@xtcdivecenter.com

Closest Airport

Chetumal (CTM), Cancun (CUN)

Recommended Accomodations

Xalak (XTC Dive Center has rooms available)

Transportation

Rent a car in Cancun or Chetumal airport and drive to Xcalak. From Chetumal, Xcalak is about 2 hours. From Cancun, Xcalak is about 5 hours. Roads are accesible no need for 4WD.