Blue Marlin

The largest Billfish that can be caught while fishing in Isla Mujeres from March through August with female species reaching weights exceeding 1200 lbs. their diet consists of; Mackerel, Tuna and Squid. The most popular bait of choice while trolling for these giants by our Captains are Bonito and Black fin Tuna.

White Marlin

With an average size of about 45 to 65 lbs these species are the smallest Marlin in Isla Mujeres waters. The White Marlin prefers deep blue water with depths of a 100 feet and deeper and are usually caught trolling with Ballyhoo and lures.


The sailfish we are fishing for in the Isla Mujeres area are Atlantic Sailfish and are known for their incredible jumps. It is also one of the fastest fish in the ocean reaching speeds of 70 mph. Normally their dorsal fin or sail is down when swimming but when getting excited or feeling threatened they raise their sail making them look larger. This is the most common Billfish that can be caught in the waters surrounding Isla Mujeres. They are usually caught trolling with Ballyhoo or Sardines and even on Fly Rods.


Also known as Mahi-Mahi or Dolphin-fish is considered one of the most delicious fish to eat here in Isla Mujeres. The word “dorado” in Spanish means “gold” and the Dolphin-fish look like they are made of gold with beautiful colors including green, yellow, blue and even red dots. They are fast moving fish and very acrobatic while hooked and often change colors so pay attention when they are getting close to the boat and you will appreciate their amazing behavior.


Part of the Tuna family but smaller with a weight ranging from 1 lb up to 25 lbs and one of the most common fish to catch while offshore fishing in Isla Mujeres, but make no mistake, these fish put up quite a fight and are usually caught while trolling with feather rigs and Ballyhoo. They are schooling fish so normally you will get multiple hook-ups at the same time.


The most common Tuna that you can catch while deep sea fishing in Isla Mujeres are Black fin Tuna and Skipjacks. The Black fins and Skipjacks can reach a length of about 3 feet and can weigh about 40 lbs. Their diet consists of Mantis Shrimps, Squid and small fish as well . These are fast moving fish, very strong for their size and caught trolling.


Considered one of the fastest species in the sea, they can reach speeds up to 50 mph so when fishing for these fish the captains have to troll a lot faster than normal and usually use Ballyhoo as bait. They normally pull hard and fast on their first run and are a lot of fun to catch on medium to light tackle. Wahoo have white meat and are very good to eat so if you do get lucky enough to catch one of those speed machines, make sure you ask your Captain for some fillets.


The Barracuda looks very much like a Pike with sharp- edged fang-like teeth that are all different sizes which gives them that mean look on their face. Juvenile Barracudas like to hang out in groups while adults are more solitary. They can reach lengths of over 6 feet and speeds up to 25 mph. The Cudas can be caught trolling or while casting at the back of the boat and they’ll eat about any type of fish species and tearing chunks of flesh out of larger prey.


This medium sized fish is commonly found in waters between 40 and 150 feet and average 5 to 30lbs. A distant relative of the Wahoo it’s known for its blistering runs so no wonder fishermen consider this a highly prized specie. The winter months have proven to be the best months to target these bullets while fishing here in Isla Mujeres.

Amber Jack

This fish likes to hang out near the bottom in waters of 60 to 200 feet of water and are caught bottom fishing. They are known as a hard pulling fish and on average weigh in at about  40 lbs. They like to hang out in schools so don’t be surprised if everybody fights one of these muscle machines at the same time.


Although not known as a long distance and fast swimmer they can be quiet large with lengths over 3 feet and weights exceeding 200 lbs. They love hanging out near the bottom, at ship wrecks and caves and usually when hooked, that’s the first place they will shoot for so it’s important to keep the drag of your reel tight and keep them away from those obstacles. When ordering fish fillets in the restaurants around Cancun most likely it will be grouper you’ll be eating. If you’re interested in catching your own dinner, ask your Captain to take you bottom fishing for Grouper and Snapper.


Most common bottom fish to catch while fishing the Isla Mujeres area. The Cubera Snapper is by far the largest of them all, the all time world record stands at 151 lbs caught of the Texas coast. Red Snappers are abundant in our waters and make a great dinner either whole fried or fillet. They are averaging 5 to 10 lbs and can be caught on live bait or chunks of fish of the bottom. Other Snapper species that can be caught are Yellow tails and Mutton Snappers.


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There are beaches all around Isla Mujeres. The major beaches are on the north and west sides of Isla. Calm, turquoise waters and soft white sand make them ideal for sunning, swimming and snorkeling.  The spectacular and rocky eastern shore is too dangerous for swimming, the currents are very strong on the Caribbean side. There are posted warnings, but accidents can happen so please be careful and always supervise your children.

Playa Norte (North Beach) is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean and it deserves the honor. The soft white sand, palm trees and water so blue the sky looks pale, make it the perfect place to relax and unwind from the rigors of life. There is almost no current and you can wade out very far with the water still only coming to your waist.

In front of the hotels on Playa Norte there are beach bars offer lounge chairs and umbrellas (for a fee) with waiter service on the sand. You can also rent water toys, kayaks and snorkeling gear.

Playa Posada, which runs along west side of town, is usually less crowed than Playa Norte but the water is not as shallow and clear.

Playa Media Luna is a small, beautiful, curved beach just around the eastern bend of Playa Norte. There are no beach services and it is too dangerous for swimming because of the strong currents there.

Playa Paraiso, Playa Lancheros and Playa Indios

These more secluded beaches are located on the west side of Isla Mujeres facing Cancun, mid-island near Hacienda Mundaca. There are open air palapa restaurants, gift shops, bathrooms, chairs and umbrellas. You can also rent kayaks, canoes and even beach toys for the kids.

Garrafón Reef Park

The Park is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and offers several packages including an all-inclusive package which includes a buffet lunch, beverages with open bar, snorkel equipment, life jackets, kayaks, hammocks, an infinity pool, bathrooms, showers and lockers as well as admission to Punta Sur and the Sculpture Garden.

Garrafón de Castilla

Located next to Garrafón Reed Park at the south end of the island. The entrance fee includes use of lounge and beach chairs with beach umbrellas, restrooms and shower facilities. Snorkel gear, lockers and towels are available for an additional cost. There is also a small restaurant/snack bar.


Lighthouse Reef (or El Farito Reef)

It’s a little reef located 5 minutes away on a boat from the island, which literally has a lighthouse in the surface, and really close to it you can find the statue of the “Saint of the lighthouse“.

farito reef

Manchones Reef


This is another reef 30 ft deep from the surface; the singularity of this place is that it shows the colorful marine life of Isla Mujeres and also it has a sculpture made of bronze named “The Bay Cross, in honor of men and women who died in the ocean.

manchones reef

The MUSA (Subactuatic Museum of Art)

It’s located just a few meters away from the Manchones Reef, and it’s considered the world’s longest artificial reef; it’s a permanent exhibition named “the silent evolution, it has 470 statues submerged and strategically placed so they can form an eye that can be seen from above the surface.

musa isla mujeres

Now that you know where to do snorkel in Isla Mujeres, what are you waiting to book your next trip to Isla Mujeres? You’ll love it!

The Yucatecan culture has a wide range of flavors, condiments, chili peppers, vegetables and for this reason the ancestral recipes are recognized throughout the world. Here we leave you just some of the many dishes that Yucatan brings us to enjoy. Which one have you already tried?

1. Huevos Motuleños

Start your morning off right with some tasty huevos motuleños. The northern Yucatán city of Motul created this delicacy.

This dish doesn’t require any complicated ingredients. Huevos motuleños are fried tortillas topped with eggs, red onion, habaneros, refried beans, green beans, cheese, plantains, turkey ham, and a spicy salsa roja. ¡Delicioso!

Cochinita Pibil, The Best Yucatan Dishes And Yucatan Cuisine

2. Cochinita Pibil

Cochinita Pibil is one of the quintessential Yucatán dishes. A traditional way of making it is by slowly roasting a whole suckling pig in banana leaves underground.

Pork shoulder or loin are meat cuts often used as alternatives. Bitter oranges and achiote give the dish a distinct flavor. Sides typically served with Cochinita Pibil include yellow corn tortillas, refried beans, pickled red onion, and habaneros. This dish melts in your mouth!

Papadzules, The Best Yucatan Dishes And Yucatan Cuisine

3. Papadzules

If you like enchiladas, you’ll love papadzules. This dish is ancient, even older than enchiladas!

Papadzules are corn tortillas dipped in a sauce made from pumpkin seeds flavored with epazote. The tortillas have a hardboiled egg filling and a tomato and chile topping. It’s a must-try dish!

Sopa De Lima, The Best Yucatan Dishes And Yucatan Cuisine

4. Sopa de Lima

Sopa de Lima is the ultimate comfort food that will warm your soul. It translates in English as “lime soup” because of the lime used to flavor it.

The soup is simple and is typically a broth with chicken or turkey, lime juice, and seasonings such as oregano, cloves, and cumin topped with fried tortilla strips and habaneros.

No matter where you come from, this dish will make you feel at home.

Queso Relleno, The Best Yucatan Dishes And Yucatan Cuisine

5. Queso Relleno

Queso Relleno is wildly popular among locals. The dish pays tribute to the peninsula’s multicultural heritage and Dutch influences.

This melt-in-your-mouth delicacy consists of Edam cheese hollowed out and stuffed with ground meat, raisins, olives, hardboiled eggs, and seasoned with various spices. The cheese is steamed and topped with a tomato and white sauce. You’ll have to try this decadent dish!

Panuchos And Salbutes, The Best Yucatan Dishes And Yucatan Cuisine

6. Panuchos and Salbutes

Panuchos and Salbutes are very similar dishes with slight differences. Both are made with corn masa and topped with tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, meat, pickled onions, and avocados. However, the corn dough for panuchos is stuffed with black beans and fried lightly.

Salbutes do not have refried beans in them and can also have pork, beef, seafood, scrambled egg, or stews as toppings. They are not as crunchy as panuchos, but both are delicious appetizers that you can buy at a panucheria with a soda on the side.

Dulce De Papaya, The Best Yucatan Dishes And Yucatan Cuisine

7. Dulce de Papaya

If you have a sweet tooth, you have to try Dulce de Papaya. This popular Yucatán dessert consists of papaya slow cooked in water with sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. It is served cold, soaked in syrup, and topped with either coconut, shredded cheese, or Dutch cheese cubes. It’s the perfect treat to end your Yucatán meal!

See & Do

Golf carts are a very popular mode of transportation on Isla Mujeres and, on any given day, you’ll see caravans of carts tooling around the island.  Half-day and full-day cart rentals are available. During your island tour, stop by the Turtle Farm (La Tortugranja) to see baby sea turtles and other marine life. If you are lucky, you might be able to participate in a turtle release, where humans help newly-hatched sea turtles make their way to the sea. After your visit to the turtle farm, continue going toward the southern end of the island, where you will find a small Mayan temple and spectacular sea views. Continue your journey around the island and you will pass by the “seashell house”, an unconventional home that is built in the shape of a conch shell. Make your way back to the north end of the island, to North Beach, and finish your island tour by shopping and having some ice-cold cervezas (beers) at one of the quaint beach bars.


Isla Mujeres is small and narrow, so water is always nearby. For that reason, dining by the sea, or somewhere with a water view  is quite common. Finding fresh seafood is not difficult either. Go to any of the seaside restaurants in the downtown area and on North Beach and you’ll have some of the freshest, most delicious (and relatively inexpensive too!) seafood that you’ve ever tasted. In fact, many times, the fish is caught just moments before it’s served to you. The restaurants on the beach may not look like much, but don’t let that fool you. Some of the best food you can find, in Mexico, is often served at the most unassuming of venues. Minino’s, located just steps away from the Ultramar ferry dock, is one of those unassuming restaurants that serves delicious, fresh food at low prices.


Life on the island is very laid back and relaxed and you will not find much nightlife here. There are a number of bars open in the evening but people wanting late-night parties in big nightclubs will be majorly disappointed on Isla Mujeres. Sure, there are a couple of discos (clubs are still often referred to as “discos”, in Mexico) on the island but the nightlife pales in comparison to that of Cancun, which is only a short ferry ride away. When on Isla Mujeres, Jax Bar & Grill is one of the best spots for a fun-filled night out on the town. They have live music, gourmet food, great drink prices, and an ocean view…although, you’ll have to return for a meal, during daylight hours, to enjoy the ocean view.


Visitors to Isla Mujeres will find a wide variety of lodging options, at different price levels.  A number of bed & breakfasts, boutique hotels, luxury resorts, and condos can be found on the island, but Hotel Villa Rolandi Thalasso Spa, Gourmet & Beach Club is the best and brightest of them all.  This 35-suite, boutique hotel has been a fixture on Isla Mujeres for many years and is known for its fantastic food and outstanding service, and, most recently, for it’s full-service spa. The resort does not have stuffy dress codes, like some other nearby resorts of this caliber. Fitting with the island’s casual vibe, jeans and t-shirts are fully acceptable attire at Villa Rolandi. When making hotel reservations, you can choose between two different meal plans. This upscale resort only accepts guests ages 13 and older.


The downtown area (at the north end of the island, by the ferry docks) is the island’s main locale for shopping. You’ll find the typical souvenir & t-shirt shops in this area but, if you want to purchase unique mementos or gifts; like wood carvings, Talavery pottery, hand-painted rugs, or handicrafts and works of art created by local artists, you will find those too. There are also shops and boutiques that carry bathing suits, beach bags, silver jewelry, cigars, batik clothing & clothing from different parts of Mexico.

8 years ago, in 2009 a monumental underwater contemporary museum of art called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) was formed.

On land, Mexico is widely regarded as a country shrouded in the magic and mystery of ancient Mayan histories and traditions.

But the big blue ocean that surrounds this remarkable part of paradise houses many secrets of its own…

Prepare to be enchanted by a little-known spectacle awaiting to be discovered on the ocean bed floor.

There is an underwater world that lies beneath the crystal clear waters of CancunIsla Mujeres, and Punta Nizuc.

Inhabited by over 500 eerie structures it is a sight not to be missed!

What is the Underwater Museum of Art?

Roberto Díaz Abraham (former President of the Cancun Nautical Association) and Jaime González Cano (Director of the National Marine Park) founded the project in an attempt to save, protect, and promote the vibrant coral reefs that surround Quintana Roo.

Together they hired an English Sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor to create the intricate and striking structures that would later be submerged in the water.

Museum of art

Today, in MUSA there are now over 500 permanent life-sized structures and it is one of the largest and most ambitious underwater attractions in the world.

Unlike conventional museums there are no walls, the only thing separating it from the rest of the world is the big blue ocean. Are you ready to dive in?

Why did they build the Underwater Museum of Art?

This genius idea aims to demonstrate a conscious interaction between art and environmental science.

The structures, over time, will hopefully form part of a complex reef structure for marine life to colonize and inhabit.

Museum of art

All of the sculptures are fixed to the seabed and made out of specialized materials. The marine grade cement consists of a PH-neutral surface that promotes coral growth.

Taylor allowed the plaster to dry before removing it and filling in the remainder of the sculptures.

Since they were submerged the statues have become covered in algae and coral, they sure are a stunning sight to behold!

If you visit you may notice that some of the structures look like people you would meet in your everyday life.

Taylor did this on purpose as a satirical commentary on humanity. He created “The Banker”, a series of men in business suits who have their heads buried in the sand.

He got the idea after visiting a climate-change conference in Cancun.

“It represents the loud acknowledgment made about the issue, but when it comes to taking action nobody wants to stick their neck out and do something about it,” Taylor said about the work.

His masterpieces are scattered across the ocean bed floor occupying an area of over 420sq meters.  In total, the sculptures weigh in at over 200 tons.

museum of art

How do you visit MUSA?


On our Isla Contoy & Isla Mujeres and Cancun Catamaran to Isla Mujeres tours there is the opportunity to snorkel areas of the Underwater Museum of Art, however, visibility can sometimes be limited dependant on the weather.

On a beautiful day, it is likely you will see them, but some of the structures are situated 8 meters deep.

This is the perfect choice for people who still want to witness the amazing museum, but aren’t comfortable going fully underwater.

The water surrounding Isla Mujeres is often shallow and you are guaranteed to see some vibrant marine life.

Glass Bottom Boats

Unfortunately, we don’t offer this option here at PlayaDelCarmen.Com, however, for people not comfortable being in the ocean, there are tours that offer to take you in a glass bottom boat.

You can inquire about this option from tour stands in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or Cancun. It’s an activity for all ages, and you’ll be able to view the depths of the ocean without getting wet at all.

Are you ready to explore this underwater world frozen in time beneath the depths of the ocean?

Need a little more convincing?

Snorkeling With Whale Sharks In Cancun Is An Experience Like No Other

The greater Cancun region is home to several breathtaking natural wonders and genuinely astounding tropical wildlife. Few are more spectacular than the region’s largest wildlife resident: the whale shark. Here at Island Adventures Mexico with our expert team, from the beginning of June to mid-September, you get the chance to snorkel with whale sharks in Cancun and experience these marine giants like never before.

Swim alongside 10-meter (35-foot) whale sharks with the safety of our trained expert snorkeling guides. Journey with us away from your resort and out into the warm, clear waters of the Caribbean to the largest whale shark gathering in the world. Experience the awe and adrenaline as whale sharks swim right beside you!



Time of the Maya

Isla’s history dates back over 1500 years when it was part of the Maya province, Ekab. The island served as the sanctuary for the goddess Ixchel, the Maya goddess of the moon, fertility, medicine and happiness. The Temple was located at the South point of the island and was also used as the lighthouse. The light from torches was shown through holes in the walls, which could be seen by the navigators at sea. The Maya also came to the island to harvest salt from the salt lagoons.


Recently the National Institute of History and Anthropology, announced the discovery of Mayan ruins and pieces of various materials in Mundaca Hacienda. There is evidence of five Mayan buildings, one of which could be the true temple of the goddess Ixchel and the south point ruin simply a lighthouse. The INAH also found and is holding over 100 pieces of obsidian, jade, and human skeletons and skulls.


Isla remained a sanctuary until it was discovered by Francisco Fernández de Córdoba in 1517. Legend has it that the only inhabitants of the island were the priestess of Ixchel and her court of women. Scattered around were numerous gold, silver and clay statues of Ixchel, and so the island got its name: Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women.


“During Lent of 1517 Francisco Hernandez de Cordova sailed from Cuba with three ships to procure slaves for the mines… (others say he sailed to discover new lands). He landed on the Isla de las Mujeres, to which he gave this name because the idols he found there, of the goddesses of the country, “Ixchel” and her daughters and daughter-in-law’s “Ixchebeliax”, “Ixhunie”, “Ixhunieta”, only vestured from the girdled down, and having the breast uncovered after the manner of the Indians. The building was of stone, such as to astonished them, and they found certain objects of gold which they took.”
Excerpt from “Yucatan, Before and After the Conquest” written in 1566 by Friar Diego de Landa.


El Meco Mayan – Ruins on Isla’s mainland

El Meco is not the original name for the site, that has been lost to time. El Meco was a nickname for a local resident who was bowlegged and for some odd reason, they named it after him. The site was a small, self-sufficient fishing village dating back to 300 AD (the early classical period 300-600 AD) it was later abandoned and then resettled in the late 10th century. The structures were built between the 13th and 16th century. The central plaza with the pyramid temple, know as El Castillo, was dedicated to the Mayan rain god Chaac. The pyramid was also a reference point for coastal navigation because the top can be seen from the water. El Meco was a major commercial port and religious center and also served as a port for Isla Mujeres (much like Puerto Juárez is today). The site was abandoned shortly after the Spanish arrived in the 16th century.

Pirates and Buccaneers – Legends and Buried Treasure

Isla’s strategic location plus the protective waters of the Lagoon Makax made a perfect refuge for pirates and buccaneers. It was from the Yucatan that the Spanish transported massive amounts of gold to Europe and the pirates took advantage of the opportunity to blunder the merchant ships. Legend has it that they kept their women here while they went out plundering, another reason Isla is called “The Island of Women”. Infamous pirates such as Henry Morgan and Jean Lafitte walked the shores of Isla.


Captain Jean Lafitte was rumored to have made Isla Mujeres his base towards the end of his life. There are many different accounts how, when and where Jean Lafitte died and where is body lies. Some say that he was killed by a Spanish warship out at sea, but his biographer, Jack C Ramsey, in his book “Jean Lafitte: Prince of Pirates”, wrote that Lafitte died on Isla Mujeres in 1826 from dengue fever.

The Sad Tale of Mundaca the Pirate

Fermin Anonio Mundaca y Marecheaga was born in October of the year 1825 in the village Bermeo of Santa Maria, Spain. After completing his studies he set out for the New World to make his fortune. He arrived on the shores of Isla in 1858 after acquiring his wealth selling captured Mayan slaves to Cuban plantations and some say pirating. Weather or not this is true, no one knows but Mundaca who cultivated and enjoyed his reputation as a pirate.


Mundaca immediately set out building a large hacienda he named “Vista Alegre” (Happy View) which eventually covered over 40% of the island. There were areas for livestock, birds, vegetables gardens, fruit orchards and exotic plants that were brought from all over the world. A special garden called “The Rose of the Winds” was constructed which served as a sundial telling the time of the day by its shadows.


1862 Martiniana (Prisca) Gomez Pantoja was born. She was one of five sisters and it is been said that she was a willowy woman with green eyes, white skin bronzed by the Caribbean sun and long, straight brown hair. Called “La Triguena” (the brunette), many men fell in love with her including Fermin Mundaca. He set out to win her, the arches above the gates were dedicated to her, naming them “The Entrance of the Triguena” and “The Pass of the Triguena” in hopes his wealth and power would win the local beauty 37 years younger then himself. His dedication was in vain, she married a man closer to her own age and as legend tells it, Fermin Mundaca slowly went insane and died, alone in Merida. His empty tomb still awaits him in the Isla Mujeres cemetery. Carved by his own hands are the skull and cross bones, in memory of his pirating days and the words meant for his love,


“As you are, I was. As I am, you will be”

The Story of The Immaculate Conception by Enriqueta M. de Avila

More than 100 years ago in 1890 in the ancient colonial settlement of Ecab (Boca Iglesia) at the northern tip of Quintana Roo, several fishermen (one, my father-in-law, Christiano Avila Celis), discovered three “sister” statues of the Virgin. They were carved out of wood with their hands and face made out of porcelain. And so it was said, each one of the fishermen believing so strongly in the Catholic religion carried a Virgin to his own village. It was also said that the Spaniards had brought the “sisters” to Ecab many years before in about 1770.


On Isla Mujeres the Virgin’s first shrine was a small palm and wood Chapel and at a later date moving “Her” to the place that “She” presently occupies in the church was not easy. More than eight men could scarcely lift her…upon finally moving “Her”, the small palm chapel burned down completely to the astonishment of all those present. It is said that the Virgin walks on the water around the island from dusk to dawn looking for her “sisters”. Some years ago an Islanders saw the Virgin walking on the sea early in the morning. Later that morning her dress was found to be contained burrs and sand.


At Izamal, Yucatan and Kantunilkin, Quintana Roo where the other statues are, the feast is celebrated with mass from August 6th to the 15th and from the 30th of November to the 8th of December as on Isla Mujeres.


The “bajada” (descent) of the virgin is an unequaled event. More than 3000 faithful gathered together in the main square year after year to inaugurate a series of festivities that begin with the procession of the virgin and climax on December eighth with the grand fiesta in which all the inhabitants of the island and visitors participate.

Leading up to Today

After Mexico gained independence in 1821, a small village began in what is now Centro. During the War of Castes (1847 – 1901), many Mayans took refuge on Isla and the village slowly grew. In 1850, it was named Pueblo de Dolores.


In the 1950’s, long before Cancun was even a glint in developer’s eyes, Isla Mujeres opened her arms to visitors. There was no ferry service so tourists would signal by flashing car lights from a make-shift dock near where Puerto Juárez stands today. The sons of local fisherman would take small boats over to the mainland and pick up them to bring them to the island.


Since Isla is the easternmost point of Mexico, the Mexican Navy established a permanent base during World War ll. In 1970 the development of Cancun began and as Cancun grew, so did Isla. The sand streets were paved, filtered water was piped in and phone service was established. Tourism flourished during the later half of the 20th century, partly due to the island’s most beloved resident, Ramón Bravo (1927-1998). A diver, cinematographer, ecologist, and colleague of Jacques Cousteau. He is well known for his work for the preservation of marine life and for his outstanding research and discoveries about the behavior and habits of sharks.


In 1969, an eighteen year old local fisherman, Carlos Garcia Castilla known locally as “Valvula”, was diving for lobsters when he found a cave where the sharks entered, but did not come out. Curiosity led him to free dive about 65 feet and he found that the sharks seemed to be sleeping. Until his discovery it was thought that sharks never slept, that if they stopped moving they would die.


He later told Ramon about the cave and together with the National Geographic Society, they investigated this phenomenon. Jacques Cousteau soon arrived on the Calypso and Isla Mujeres became famous with marine biologists and divers around the world. Although named “cave of the sleeping sharks”, whether the sharks actually sleep in the cave is uncertain. Ramon once said that the eyes of the sharks followed him intently as he moved about inside the cave, suggesting that the sharks are not truly asleep.


His ashes rest in the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks, under a bronze plaque that reads:

Bravo Ramon Prieto, protector of the sea and ocean, always sleeps next to his shark in this cave
28/02/1998 Isla Mujeres


The people of Isla Mujeres are proud of their history and hold in their hearts the magic of their island and the promising future. Not even Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 nor Hurricane Wilma in 2005, the two most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded, could keep Isla from welcoming visitors from around the world.