Wreck Diving on the C-56 mine sweeper in Puerto Morelos with Deep Bubbles

About 50 minutes drive north of Deep Bubbles lays the town of Puerto Morelos with its famous wreck, the C-56 Cadete Juan Escutia. The town itself has its own charm and the beach is naturally protected by the nearby barrier reef.

A few minutes boat ride away lies one of the most interesting wrecks of the Riviera Maya, the former mine sweeper C-56 Juan Escutia. In order to create a stunning dive site, she was sunk on purpose to attract sea life and coral in 2000. With a depth of about 30 m/100 ft and frequently strong currents this is an advanced dive site for experienced divers only. During the winter season eagle rays cruise around the wreck – a stunning experience!

Depending on the time of year and water temperature, you can see eagle rays, sting rays, Moray eels and barracudas. You can penetrate the wreck together with our instructor but you don’t have to in order to have a great dive. Before the dive the instructor will discuss the dive with the group and then decide together with the divers to either penetrate the wreck or dive the outside of it.

The history of the C-56 Juan Escutia

In 1943 the C-56 Juan Escutia was launched in Lorain, Ohio – that time named USS Knave (AM-256). The USS Knave served as a US Navy mine sweeper in World War II. After a short time she was decommissioned and placed into reserve after the war.

In 1955 the USS Knave was classified as MSF-256, later, in 1966 she was sold to the Mexican Marine and renamed to ARM DM-13. Finally in 1996 she was renamed again as Cadete Juan Escutia (C-56) before being sunk just off Puerto Morelos.