Scuba dive Playa del Carmen is an amazing experience for both beginner divers and more experimented scuba divers. From cenotes to the open sea, local reefs, Cozumel and scuba diving with bull sharks, there are plenty of dive sites and opportunities to explore the underwater world of Mexico. 

Diving in Playa del Carmen

Without a doubt, Playa del Carmen is one of the most visited city in Mexico, as recommended by, where scuba diving is one of the activity that you have to do. 

Scuba dive Playa del Carmen means exploring lots of cenotes nearby, as well as some dives off-shore, ideal to get your Padi dive certifications. 

Bull shark diving in Playa del Carmen

Every year dozens of these large bull sharks arrive to the sandy shallows just offshore. from November to March pregnant females come here to give birth. Divers are able to see perhaps dozens of these apex creatures.

Cenote diving

The Riviera Maya is in fact a plateau beneath which runs a system of underwater caves, some of which collapsed into sinkholes. Mexico is perhaps the best destination in the world for an introduction to cave diving. Enjoying your vacations in the Mayan Riviera and not visiting a cenote, is like going to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower: Absolutely Impossible. You can cenote dive from Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Puerto Morelos.

Cenote Dos Ojos

Cenote Taj maha

Cenote The Pit

Dive Shop Playa del Carmen

If you walk in the main avenue and around Playa del Carmen center, you will find many scuba dive stores and diving schools. It can be difficult to choose the right one.

Diving although generally very safe is still a high-risk activity. So the most important thing is you feel comfortable putting your trust in the company. You can check out their reviews on Trip Advisor  and their Facebook Page.

Playa del Carmen dive certification

If you don’t want to do a full diving course, you can do what’s called a Discover Scuba Dive. This involves doing a short induction (around 30 minutes) where you will learn some basic safety and do some drills to keep you safe under the water. Things like how to recover your respirator if it comes out of your mouth. Or how to clear your mask if it fills with water. Then you will do shallow dive to practice your new skills. So long as you can demonstrate to the instructor that you are able to do these basic safety drills, you will be able to dive at a safe and shallow distance.

the most internationally recognized qualification is PADI. If you decide to do a Scuba Diving course in Playa Del Carmen, it will likely be PADI Open Water Diver and take you two or three days.

A discover scuba is a great option if you aren’t sure if you will like scuba diving, or if you are very short on time and only have half a day. If you have the time though we would strongly recommend doing your scuba certification in Scuba dive Playa del Carmen. Becoming a certified diver will open up a whole new world.

Scuba Dive Playa del Carmen

Scuba dive Playa del Carmen is great and very varied. The reef located off the shores is part of a protected national marine park. Highlights of scuba diving in Playa del Carmen include:

  • Shipwreck C-56 Mind Sweeper in Puerto Morelos
  • Short distance boat rides
  • Untouched corals
  • Abundant extraordinary marine life with more than 2500 species
  • Cenote diving
  • Easy dives with no strong currents
  • Dive for beginner to advanced divers in scuba diving 
  • Prossibility to do snorkeling in Puerto Morelos if you are not into diving

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