The town of Xcalak is a small fishing village (pop 280) located right on the border between Mexico and Belize. It lies within the Xcalak Reef National Marine Park, and shares a part of the Meso-american Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world.
At over 100 years, Xcalak is the oldest town on the Mexican Caribbean coast and has a rich history. It has a very different and old-town feeling compared to that of the new tourist towns on the northern coast. Xcalak is a hidden gem with world-class diving.
Xcalak was designated a National Park on 27 December, 2000. It comprises 17,949.456 total hectares of which 13,495 ha are marine. Xcalak is located at the end of a peninsulla, with the Caribbean Sea to the East and Chetumal Bay to the West. It is also home to Mexico´s largest wetlands (a designated RAMSAR site). The bay, mangroves, lagoons, rivers, reel lagoon, coral reef and sea comprise an incredibly inter-connected, rich and bio-diverse eco-system.
The diving in Xcalak is surprisingly diverse. The portion of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef that is in front of Xcalak is home to several dive sites that are unique within the entire MBRS. From trenches that cut through the Barrier Reef and house very large schools of very large fish (tarpon), to large, cavern-like formations within reef walls, beautiful, intricate swim through formations with clouds of silver sides lit up by beams of sunlight to deep walls perfect for Technical diving, Xcalak has a great deal to offer to divers of all skill levels, from non-divers looking to get certified to the most advances Technical divers.