Scuba Diving Near Playa Del Carmen

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It is the plethora of cenotes that make diving in Playa del Carmen special, but drift diving is popular as well and if you visit during the right time of year you can sign up for a dive that allows you to swim with bull sharks.  

You'll find 17 dive operators, a variety of dive shops, and at least 13 interesting dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops worth looking into are listed here:

Dive Shops Near Playa Del Carmen
Name Phone Location
Mexico Blue Dream (984) 803-0660 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Phantom Dive Center -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Playa Scuba (984) 803-2403 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Pro Dive Center at Occidental Allegro Playacar (984) 745-0763 1.6 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen
Pro Dive Center at Occidental Grand Xcaret (984) 745-0763 4.8 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen
Pro Dive Dive Center at Occidental Royal Hideaway Playacar (984) 745-0763 1.7 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen
Reef Marina Diving (984) 873-4120 1.6 mi. South West of Downtown Playa del Carmen
Studio Blue Carmen -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Tank-Ha -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Yucatek Dive Center -- Downtown Playa del Carmen

If you'd like to go diving, you might want to check with Scuba Libre. Below the surface of the waters that surround Playa del Carmen is a whole new world that few people get the chance to explore. Scuba Libre offers everyone the chance by first training them to do so safely, then taking them out on open water dives to see the magnificent underwater sites. They are found within downtown Playa del Carmen.

Another good option is Scuba Playa. A 5 Star PADI IDC Dive Center and PADI TecRec Center, Scuba Playa brings guests on the adventure of a lifetime, leading through all of the necessary training and to a whole new world underneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea. The team here peaks English, Spanish Portuguese, German, French, and Italian in order to better serve you.

A third option is Phocea Mexico. A PADI IDC Gold Palm Center which offers the highest standard in diving, you can participate in daily open water or specialty dives, gain some training, and even stay at their own private hotel. They're situated in downtown Playa del Carmen.

Review this table to obtain information about the area's dive operators.

Dive Operators Near Playa Del Carmen
Name Phone Location
Abyss Dive Center -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
All Karmen Diving -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Beach Diver -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Blue Tracks -- 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen
Costa Luna Dive Center -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Cyan-Ha Dive Center (984) 803-2517 0.6 mi. Northeast of Downtown Playa del Carmen
Dive Life -- Playa del Carmen
Dive Mike (984) 803-1228 Downtown Playa del Carmen
DiveMex (984) 148-0425 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Dressel Divers Playa Del Carmen (+34) 963 561 496 2.8 mi. South West of Central Playa del Carmen
Phocea Mexico (984) 873-1210 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Pluto Dive (984) 151-9046 0.8 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown Playa del Carmen
Scuba Libre -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Scuba Playa -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Scuba Tarraya -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Seafari -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Sealife Divers -- 0.5 mi. Northeast of Downtown Playa del Carmen

Dive Services

Be sure to look at the following table for information concerning the approximate cost of typical dive services in this area.

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 80.0 $ 120.0
Double Tank Dive $ 80.0 $ 110.0
Night Dive $ 60.0 $ 65.0
Open Water Certification $ 370.0 $ 480.0
Single Tank Dive $ 45.0 $ 60.0

Dive Sites

Take a minute to read the following table to see some key facts concerning some of the area's dive sites.

Dive Sites Near Playa Del Carmen
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Barracuda Good Open Water / CMAS * 49.2 20.5803 -87.1114166667
Coco Beach Fair -- 32.8 20.6102666667 -87.0787666667
Cueva de Pargo Very Good -- 30.8 20.6225 -87.0131
Jardines Good -- 40.0 20.62405 -87.0189333333
Mama Vina Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 98.4 20.5605666667 -87.1105
Mamitas Excellent Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 82.0 20.6261666667 -87.06325
Pared Verde Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 131.2 20.6413 -87.05085
Punta Benado Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 105.0 20.5498666667 -87.14115
Sabalos Good Open Water / CMAS * 52.5 20.5846333333 -87.1060666667
Sitio de los tiburones toro Excellent Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 131.2 20.62745 -87.0591166667
The Brain Very Good -- 39.4 20.6934166667 -87.0004666667
Tortugas Reef Very Good -- 131.2 20.5822666667 -87.1085
XCaret - Snorkeling Lagoon Very Good -- 26.2 20.5783833333 -87.1181666667

To learn more about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this comprehensive guide to diving in the Caribbean.

 

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