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.  

There are 18 dive operators, a variety of dive shops, and at least 13 good dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

Mexico Blue Dream

The dive shops worth considering are displayed right below.

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
Advanced Diver Mexico

If you'd like to go diving, you might want to check with Advanced Diver Mexico. Did you know that there are secret underwater caves hidden beneath the surface of the sea? Advanced Diver Mexico knows exactly where these mysterious caverns are and has in-depth experience navigating through them. They are found within central Playa Del Carmen.

Another option is Scuba Libre. Regular trips are offered by this operation to such site as Chun-Zumbul, Moc-Che Deep, Cueva, Los Arcos, Cerebros, Tortuga, and more. Morning dive are for the experienced divers, afternoon dives are better for new divers, and specialty dives take guest to cenotes, to swim with the sharks, and even to other cities in the region.

A third good option is Scuba Playa. The center specializes in small group dives, only allowing four divers per instructor on each boat in order to provide the most personalized experience for each guest. They're located in downtown Playa del Carmen.

Review the following chart to obtain information about the area's dive services.

Dive Operators Near Playa Del Carmen
Name Phone Location
Abyss Dive Center -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Advanced Diver Mexico (984) 135-3305 1.7 mi. North of 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 table just below to get a feel for the typical cost of 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

A few details regarding some of the area's better-known dive sites are provided in the table below.

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

For more information concerning diving, including useful tips and suggestions for both beginners and experienced divers, check out our comprehensive discussion of scuba diving in the Caribbean.

 

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