and Ocean Ecosystems
at Mayan Beach Garden
Extensive site that includes the basics of diving, the coral ecosystem
and coral aquariums. Also includes a photo
gallery and forum where you can discuss coral farms and the worlds
Reef: This is a member only site, but you can get an
idea of the type of diving in the Costa Maya
Mayan Reef --
This is a real estate site advertising diving in the area of Mayan
Archaeology in Mexico - This is a site sponsored by INAH,
Mexico's official archeological division. This site suffers in its
ability to provide good user navigation, but have patience because
there is a wealth of information not found elsewhere.
Reef Alliance: How to dive safely while maintaining
the reef and coral ecology. Includes safe
Wildlife fund: Divers everywhere should be concerned about
the health of the MesoAmerican Reef (also known as the Great Mayan
Reef) and the ecological dangers it faces. Click on the links at the
bottom of the page to read the entire article.
diving: Safety, equipment and education information about
: On-line version of the magazine. It includes archived articles,
pictures, message boards and diving related travel. Unfortunately,
they don't seem to have discovered the Costa Maya diving, but there
is a nice review of Belize, which is very similar to the diving we
Vast site run by tour divers. Unlike many commercial sites, this also
includes nice information on diving
Cenotes and underwater caves in the Yucatan. Unfortunately, their
experience seems to be limited to the diving around Playa Del Carmen.
Still, the information is useful, as the reef system is similar.
Awareness "Inch in a Pinch":
This is a site that discusses Coral Reef habitat in a way that children
can understand. Lamenting Lobbie moans the destruction of the coral
reefs and offers suggestions for protecting the environment. Make
sure and follow the links (or click on them here) to the pictures
of reef animals
These are easily some of the best underwater pictures on the
is a rather confusing site to navigate, but some outstanding pictures
of underwater diving. Warning: some of the images are large, so if
you only have dial up connection, you may have to wait a while for
the images to display.
- environmentally conscious site devoted to the collection of tropical
beach trash - facts about cigarette liter and the danger to
our oceans- "The biggest myth is that cigarette filters are biodegradable.
In fact, cigarette butts are not biodegradable in the sense that most
people think of the word. The acetate (plastic) filters can take many
years to decompose. Smokers may not realize that their actions have
such a lasting, negative impact on the environment."
Coastal Cleanup - Sponsored by Ocean Conservancy.