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. 

You'll find 11 dive operators and at least 8 good dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators

Squalo Divers

If you're ready to dive, you should consider Solo Buceo Dive Center. Over 25 years of experience guarantees that this dive center is prepared to handle any situation that arrives. Master trainers and underwater guides, you can't go wrong with Solo Buceo. They are located in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, in eastern Cancun.

Another good 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. They can be reached at (998) 221-6289.

A third good 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 information regarding dive service operators can be seen in the table below.

Dive Operators Near Cancun
Name Phone Location
AquaWorld 1-866-210-12-36 (US & Canada) 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
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
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

The following table has the typical cost of dive services 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

The chart right below offers a few details concerning some of the area's better-known dive sites.

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

To learn more about diving, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out our extensive Caribbean scuba diving article.


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