Scuba Diving Near Riviera Maya

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The Great Mesoamerican Reef is accessible from the Riviera Maya, which is one of the major reasons this region is such a popular one among divers.  Those make their way below the surface of the sea here will encounter over 100 different coral species and over 150 different types of fish.  Another reason people love to dive in the Riviera Maya is because there are numerous inter-coastal fresh water blue holes and cenotes. 

There are 52 dive operators, a variety of dive shops, and at least 50 good dive sites in the area.

Dive Operators and Shops

The dive shops worth considering are displayed down below.

Dive Shops Near Riviera Maya
Name Phone Location
Acuatic Tulum (984) 106-9186 1.9 mi. East of Central Tulum
Kay Op Dive Shop -- Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
MexiDivers (984) 807-8805 2.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Tulum
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 Catalonia Playa Maroma (984) 745-0763 9.6 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen
Pro Dive Center at Catalonia Riviera Maya (984) 745-0763 Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya
Pro Dive Center at Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach & Spa Resort (984) 745-0763 3.6 mi. East-Northeast of Central La Gloria
Pro Dive Center at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort (984) 745-0763 Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya
Pro Dive Center at Occidental Allegro Playacar (984) 745-0763 1.6 mi. South West of Central 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 Central downtown Playa del Carmen
Reef Marina Diving (984) 873-4120 Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Riviera Maya
Studio Blue Carmen -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Tank-Ha -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Texas Embassy Dive Center -- Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
Xibalba Dive Shop -- Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
Yucatek Dive Center -- Downtown Playa del Carmen

If you're ready to go diving, you might want to check with Bahia Divers. The Discovery Scuba Diving program is a morning-long program that will introduce you to a world below the water. The instructors are multilingual and very personable and will train you to be able to safety dive the crystal clear, shallow waters in the Mexican Caribbean. They are found within Xpu Ha, in central Riviera Maya.

Another good option is Almost Heaven Dive Shop. For over 15 years, a small mint green building by the sand has housed Almost Heaven Dive Shop. The facility has been owned and operated by Enrique Juarez, a man who loves diving and sharing his knowledge of the sport with anyone who is willing to learn. You can call them at (998) 871-0633.

A third 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're found in Akumal, Riviera Maya.

Take a minute to read the following chart for details concerning diving services in the area.

Dive Operators Near Riviera Maya
Name Phone Location
Abyss Dive Center -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Aktun Dive Center -- Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
Akumal Dive Adventures -- 0.6 mi. East of Central Akumal
Akumal Dive Center (984) 875-9025 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal
Akumal Dive Shop -- 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Akumal
All Karmen Diving -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Almost Heaven Dive Shop (998) 871-0633 Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Aqua Excursions (984) 802-8323 Akumal, Central Riviera Maya
Aqua Exploration -- The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Aquanauts Dive Adventures (998) 206-9365 Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Aquanauts Puerto Aventuras (984) 873-5041 The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Aquatech (984) 875-9020 2.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Aztec Dive (984) 114-3299 The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Bahia Divers (984) 116-4963 Xpu Ha, Central Riviera Maya
Beach Diver -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Blue Experience (984) 116-3185 Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
Blue Tracks -- 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Playa del Carmen
Cave Heaven (984) 802-8429 The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Costa Luna Dive Center -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Cyan-Ha Dive Center (984) 803-2517 Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Riviera Maya
Diablo Divers (984) 127-3467 The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Dive Aventura -- The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Dive In Puerto Morelos (801) 443-4879 Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Dive Life -- Playa del Carmen
Dive Mike (984) 803-1228 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Dive Puerto Aventuras (984) 873-5031 The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Dive Puerto Morelos -- Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Dive Tulum Main (984) 876-2367 Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
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
Dressel Divers Puerto Aventuras (+34) 963 561 496 The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Easy Chango Dive Shop -- Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
Halocline Dive Shop -- Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
Lucky Fish -- The Riviera Maya, Southern part of Riviera Maya
Marina Dive Center (998) 872-8999 Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Marina La Bonita Diving -- 4.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Mystic Diving -- Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Phocea Mexico (984) 873-1210 Downtown Playa del Carmen
Planet Scuba Mexico (984) 156-0517 Puerto Aventuras, Central Riviera Maya
Pluto Dive (984) 151-9046 0.2 mi. Northwest of Central Playa del Carmen
Scuba Caribe Dive Center -- The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
Scuba Gecko -- Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Scuba Libre -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Scuba Mex -- 2.6 mi. East of Central La Gloria
Scuba Playa -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Scuba Tarraya -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Scuba Tulum -- Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
Scubaquatic Riviera Maya (984) 875-5041 3.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Akumal
Seafari -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Sealife Divers -- Playa del Carmen, Eastern part of Riviera Maya
Tuna Tour -- 0.7 mi. North-Northeast of Central Puerto Morelos
Wet Set Divers (998) 871-0198 Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya

Dive Services

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

Dive Services
Offering Type Low Rate High Rate
Discover Scuba $ 75.0 $ 170.0
Double Tank Dive $ 65.0 $ 190.0
Night Dive $ 45.0 $ 110.0
Open Water Certification $ 350.0 $ 650.0
Single Tank Dive $ 40.0 $ 100.0

Dive Sites

Take a moment to look through the following table for details regarding some of the area's better-known dive sites.

Dive Sites Near Riviera Maya
Name Quality Experience Max Depth Latitude Longitude
Barracuda Good Open Water / CMAS * 49.2 20.5803 -87.1114166667
Cenote Azul Dive Site Very Good -- 32.8 20.4883 -87.2520666667
Cenote Calavera Good -- 35.1 20.2292333333 -87.4573166667
Cenote Carwash Good Open Water / CMAS * 29.9 20.2741333333 -87.4862166667
Cenote Dos Ojos Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 45.9 20.3250920684 -87.3907196997
Cenote Dreamgate -- -- -- 20.2041721473 -87.4843025208
Cenote Manatí Good -- 32.8 20.2664666667 -87.3912666667
Cenote PonDeRosa Fair Open Water / CMAS * 54.1 20.4917333333 -87.25825
Cenote Taj Mahal Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 59.1 20.4833833333 -87.2772
Chac Mool Cenote Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** -- 20.51285 -87.2469
Chikin Ha Cenote Good Open Water / CMAS * 44.9 20.49925 -87.2602833333
Chun-Zumbul Reef Good -- 39.4 20.65785 -86.9760166667
Chun-zumbul Good -- 39.4 20.6456333333 -86.9780666667
Coco Beach Fair -- 32.8 20.6102666667 -87.0787666667
Cueva de Pargo Very Good -- 30.8 20.6225 -87.0131
Esquela Good -- 45.9 20.4963 -87.2197333333
Garrafon -- -- -- 20.740382086 -86.9269180298
Gran Cenote Good Open Water / CMAS * 49.2 20.2464666667 -87.4640333333
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
Jardines Good -- 40.0 20.62405 -87.0189333333
Kukulcan Good Open Water / CMAS * 49.2 20.5131166667 -87.2479166667
La Inglacia Very Good -- 49.9 20.3742833333 -87.3199666667
La Pared Good -- 29.9 20.8243833333 -86.8763666667
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
Los Arcos -- Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** -- 20.6777597892 -86.971206665
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
Moc Che Deep Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 98.4 20.68675 -86.8826333333
Moc Che Shallow Excellent -- 45.9 20.6893166667 -86.9313833333
Motorcycle Reef Very Good -- 55.1 20.3937833333 -87.30745
Neto's Good -- 34.1 20.8317333333 -86.8767166667
Pared Verde Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 131.2 20.6413 -87.05085
Pelicano Wreck Very Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 131.2 20.4823 -87.2367166667
Punta Benado Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 105.0 20.5498666667 -87.14115
Rodman Good -- 29.9 20.8827833333 -86.8485333333
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
The pit Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 183.7 20.3447833333 -87.4217333333
Tortuga Reef Very Good Open Water / CMAS * 69.9 20.39235 -87.3124
Tortugas Reef Very Good -- 131.2 20.5822666667 -87.1085
XCaret - Snorkeling Lagoon Very Good -- 26.2 20.5783833333 -87.1181666667
Xpu-Ha Canyon Good Advanced Open Water / CMAS ** 98.4 20.4690333333 -87.2486166667
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 snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips skilled divers as well as beginners, check out our detailed Caribbean diving article.

 

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