Playa del Carmen is a vibrant coastal city located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is known for its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters and lively atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a variety of water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming with dolphins.
Aside from its beautiful beaches, Playa del Carmen is also known for its rich history and culture. The ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba are all within a few hours’ drive from the city, offering visitors a chance to explore the fascinating history of the region.
With its unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage and vibrant arts scene, Playa del Carmen is a popular destination for travelers from around the world.
What To Expect
There are many reasons divers flock to Playa del Carmen, but the number one reason has to be cenote diving. Cenotes, or Mayan sinkholes are surrounded by the jungle and offer a sense of adventure paired with great visibility. You’ll be able to admire the limestone formations of the caverns while beams of light penetrate the surface.
Keep your eye out for:
- Bull sharks
- Eagle rays
- Sea turtles
- Whale sharks
- Nurse sharks
Recommended Specialty Courses
- Waves, tides & currents
- Fish identification
- Boat diving
Playa del Carmen is a coastal resort town in Mexico known for its vibrant and diverse culture. The town has a rich history that blends Mayan and Spanish influences, which can be seen in the architecture, cuisine and traditions. Visitors can experience lively music and dance performances, indulge in delicious local cuisine and explore the colorful streets filled with art, jewelry and other crafts. Overall, Playa del Carmen offers a unique cultural experience that celebrates the beauty and diversity of Mexico.
Pared Verde Dive Site
For a beautiful wall dive, head to Pared Verde. Pared Verde, meaning “green wall”, is a wall with depths around 100 feet deep. While exploring the wall, divers can encounter corals, sponges and sea fans home to a variety of marine life including moray eels, sea turtles, stingrays and sharks!
Tortugas Reef Dive Site
Tortugas Reef gets its name from the number of turtles that can be seen here, since the Spanish word for “turtle” is “tortuga”. Dive this reef for the chance to see sea turtles, eagle rays, barracudas and possible bull sharks and nurse sharks! This is a beautiful reef with an abundance of life waiting to be seen.
Visitors can spend the day swimming, snorkeling or diving in naturally occurring sinkholes, called cenotes, to explore the enchanting underwater world. The stunning subterranean environment is known for crystal-clear water and prehistoric rock formations that look surreal when illuminated by natural sunlight filtering down from overhead.
What prior travelers say
“My travel experience with Diventures was amazing! After I signed up, everything was taken care of. Everyone was so informative and clearly had the experience to help any step of the way. This was the best trip I have ever been on and I can’t wait to pick out my next destination with Diventures!”
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
There are no adapters required. If you’re visiting from the States, you won’t need to worry about an adapter for your cell phone or computer.
Must be valid 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.
U.S. dollar is widely accepted.
Average air temperatures are between 77º-82°F. Water temperatures are around 80ºF. Cenotes water temperature ranges between 77º-79ºF.
Spanish is the main language spoken, but English is also widely used.
WiFi is available at the resort.
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