Scuba Diving Near Cancun

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Because of the busy nature of Cancun with tourists always coming and going, the Discover Scuba course is especially popular.  Those with an interest in diving are encouraged to advance their skills, however, thanks to the numerous local sites that advanced divers won't want to miss.  From shallow 60 foot dives to much deeper shipwrecks waiting to be explored, there is a whole world of wonders off the coast of this resort town. 


There are 13 dive services and at least 8 good dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators

If you're ready to go diving, you might want to check with Solo Buceo Dive Center. This center offers two different beginner scuba lessons daily, one from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. They are found within Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, in eastern Cancun.

Another option is Cancun Scuba Center. Since 1990, Juan Carlos Garrido has been taking visitors out to explore what lies beneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea. While many dive centers along the strip stick to diving nearby, this operation schedules regular trips to the surrounding areas of Isla Mujeres, Tulum, and Cozumel. You can reach them at (998) 221-6289.

A third option is Scuba Cancun. One of the longest operating scuba centers in the area, Scuba Cancun opened over 30 years ago and has been training and diving with people from around the world ever since. The facility family owned and operated, with Captain Luis Hurtado at the helm -- a man who has been diving both commercially, for the military, and for sport for over 60 years. They're found in Cancun.

Some key facts concerning dive service operators are provided right below.

Dive Operators Near Cancun
Name Phone Location
AquaWorld (998) 848-8326 6.3 mi. Southeast of Central downtown Cancun
Cancun Diving Adventures (998) 202-4245 3.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Cancun Scuba Center (998) 221-6289 3.9 mi. East of Central Cancun
Caribbean Seafari Dives -- Cancun
Club Lagoon Tours -- 3.4 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Dressel Divers Cancun (+34) 963 561 496 8.7 mi. Southeast of Central Cancun
Manta Divers (998) 849-4050 0.2 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Mundo Marino/Water World (998) 849-7257 3.4 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Nautilus Diving By Scuba Fred (998) 880-3195 3.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Scuba Adventures -- 3.7 mi. North-Northwest of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Scuba Cancun (998) 849-7508 3.5 mi. North of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Solo Buceo Dive Center (998) 883-3979 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central Cancun Beach Hotel Zone
Squalo Divers (998) 251-4068 Downtown Cancun

Dive Services

Check out the table just below for an indication of what typical dive services cost in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 85.0 $ 110.0
Double Tank Dive $ 65.0 $ 110.0
Night Dive $ 60.0 $ 75.0
Open Water Certification $ 350.0 $ 450.0
Single Tank Dive $ 50.0 $ 75.0

Dive Sites

A few key facts regarding some of the area's better-known dive sites are provided in the chart below.

Dive Sites Near Cancun
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Aristos Excellent Open Water / CMAS * 51.5 21.121 -86.7415
Chitales Good Open Water / CMAS * 27.2 21.1657666667 -86.73555
El Meco Fair -- 40.0 21.217 -86.7953333333
Grampin Good Open Water / CMAS * 32.8 21.1407666667 -86.7366333333
Herradura Good Open Water / CMAS * 53.5 21.1102166667 -86.7435333333
La Boya de los Locos Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 39.4 21.0360833333 -86.7699166667
La Jardinera de la Esperanza Good -- 49.2 21.0282666667 -86.7815333333
Punta Negra Good Open Water / CMAS * 52.2 21.1278666667 -86.7310333333

For more information about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read our exhaustive Caribbean diving article.


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