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 48 dive services, a variety of dive shops, and at least 50 interesting dive sites to choose from.

Dive Operators and Shops

Mexico Blue Dream

The dive shops you'll be able to find can be seen below.

Dive Shops Near Riviera Maya
Name Phone Location
Acuatic Tulum (984) 106-9186 1.9 mi. East of Central Tulum
Koox Diving (984) 980-0544 0.2 mi. West of Central Tulum
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
Xibalba Dive Shop -- Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
Yucatek Dive Center -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Advanced Diver Mexico

If you're ready to dive, you can check with Advanced Diver Mexico. Advanced Diver Mexico offers you cave diving and sidemount cave diving excursions that will leave you breathless. These courses take the approach of learning by doing. They are found within Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya.

Another good option is Bahia Divers. While Tulum is best known for its cenote diving, Bahia Divers offers a little bit of everything from PADI training to open water diving, and yes, of course, trips to those beloved cenotes. They can be reached at (984) 116-4963.

A third option is Akumal Dive Adventures. Akumal Dive Adventures is a center devoted to scuba diving and the scuba enthusiasts here are glad to help teach you what you need to know. If you feel up to the task, jump in the water with them in their basic "Discover Scuba" program. They're located within Akumal, Riviera Maya.

Details regarding the area's dive services can be seen right below.

Dive Operators Near Riviera Maya
Name Phone Location
Abyss Dive Center -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Advanced Diver Mexico (984) 135-3305 1.3 mi. Northwest of Central 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
Almost Heaven Dive Shop (998) 871-0633 Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Aqua Excursions (984) 802-8323 Akumal, 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
Bahia Divers (984) 116-4963 Xpu Ha, Central Riviera Maya
Blue Experience (984) 116-3185 Tulum, Southwestern part of Riviera Maya
Cave Heaven (984) 802-8429 The vicinity of La Gloria, Central Riviera Maya
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
Dive with Natalie & Ivan (52) 1.98.41.35.3315 0.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Akumal
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
MexiDivers (984) 807-8805 2.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Tulum
Mystic Diving -- Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya
Om Delfin Dive Tours (998) 108-1683 0.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Puerto Morelos
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 Libre -- Downtown Playa del Carmen
Scuba Mex -- 2.6 mi. East of Central La Gloria
Scuba Playa -- 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 Diving Adventures (855) 333-6222 Puerto Morelos, Northeastern part of Riviera Maya

Dive Services

View the following table for an indication of what typical dive services cost 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

The table directly below shows some information concerning some of the area's major 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 diving, including tips and suggestions skilled divers as well as beginners, read our detailed Caribbean diving page.

 

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