Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Rocky shoals at the edges of Puerto Ángel Bay, especially just off Playa Panteón, are fine for casual snorkeling. Playa Estacahuite, on the open ocean just beyond the bay’s east headland, is even better. Snorkel rentals are available on the beach, at both Playa Estacahuite and Playa Panteón.
Puerto Ángel divers enjoy a well-equipped, professional Profundo Azul (Deep Blue) scuba diving shop (tel. 958/584-3109, azulprofundomx [at] hotmail [dot] com, www.tomzap.com/azulprofundo.html) at Playa Panteón (958/584-3437 at Zipolite), run by very experienced Juan José de Nova Reyes, known locally as “Chepe.” He offers snorkel trips ($15 per person), scuba dives (two tanks, for certified scuba divers, $80), and scuba instruction, from the basics (beginners, $50) all the way up to a complete open-water advanced certification course (3–5 days, $350).
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition