Scuba Diving Near Akumal

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When you dive Akumal, you have access to the second largest barrier reef in the world.  Under the surface of the sea, you'll catch glimpse of colorful coral, abundant marine life, and ridges and canyons that are always breathtaking. Dives typically rage from 25 to 140 feet depending on skill level.

There are 6 dive operators and at least 12 good dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators


If you're ready to take the plunge, you can check with Akumal Dive Adventures. Akumal Dive Adventures is a center devoted to scuba diving and the scuba enthusiasts here are glad to help teach you what you need to know. If you feel up to the task, jump in the water with them in their basic "Discover Scuba" program. They are located in central Akumal.

Another good option is Akumal Dive Center. If you are done with the sun, plunge below the water for a scuba adventure with Akumal Dive Center. With over 30 years of experience in the dive industry, there is no better choice for dive instruction and guided tours. They can be reached at (984) 875-9025.

Still another option is Akumal Dive Shop. From the Bubblemaker course for children between the ages of eight and 11, to Discover Scuba for adults new to the sport, and on up through Master Diver, Akumal Dive Shop offers a complete selection of PADI certification courses. When you're ready to hit the water, you can choose among reef, night, wreck, and deep sea diving. They're found in central Akumal.

Take a moment to look through the table below for a list of the area's dive services.

Dive Operators Near Akumal
Name Phone Location
Akumal Dive Adventures -- Central Akumal
Akumal Dive Center (984) 875-9025 Central Akumal
Akumal Dive Shop -- Central Akumal
Aqua Excursions (984) 802-8323 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Akumal
Aquatech (984) 875-9020 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Scubaquatic Riviera Maya (984) 875-5041 3.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal

Dive Services

The chart below provides you with the typical cost of dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 100.0 $ 115.0
Double Tank Dive $ 65.0 $ 110.0
Night Dive $ 55.0 $ 95.0
Open Water Certification $ 450.0 $ 485.0
Single Tank Dive $ 40.0 $ 80.0

Dive Sites

Details regarding some of the area's better-known dive sites are provided in the chart below.

Dive Sites Near Akumal
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Grouper Reef Good -- 94.2 20.3848666667 -87.3100333333
Halfmoon Bay Good Open Water / CMAS * 71.9 20.4000333333 -87.30225
Herradura Excellent -- 67.9 20.3883 -87.3086666667
La Inglacia Very Good -- 49.9 20.3742833333 -87.3199666667
Las Esponjas Excellent Open Water / CMAS * 122.0 20.3921166667 -87.3054166667
Las Gorgonians Good -- 98.1 20.43625 -87.2773
Leon Good -- 55.1 20.3959166667 -87.3059
Motorcycle Reef Very Good -- 55.1 20.3937833333 -87.30745
Tortuga Reef Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 69.9 20.39235 -87.3124
Yal Ku Chicu Excellent -- 51.8 20.41495 -87.2952833333
Yal Ku North Very Good -- 45.9 20.4055833333 -87.3017166667
Yool Caanal Excellent -- 45.9 20.4031333333 -87.3021166667

To learn more concerning diving, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this extensive discussion of diving in the Caribbean.


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