Playa del Carmen

Our local reefs, full of marine life, waiting for you to explore.

Here in Playa del Carmen we have many beautiful reefs suitable for everyone!

  • Shallow reefs – great for beginners
  • Intermediate reefs – great for Open Water Divers
  • Deep reefs, walls and wreck – for Advanced Open Water and above

Dives

2 dives
$80
Small group sizes (5)
10% discount available
When you dive for 3 or more days

Schedule

Morning trips: Daily 08:00 arrival
Afternoon trips: Daily 12:30 arrival
Trip duration: Approximately 4 hours

Requirements

AM: Advanced Open Water*
(or OW+Deep training)
PM: Open Water certified or
Discover Scuba Diving training
*For groups of 4 or more we can often keep a group of Open Water divers shallow in the morning, rather than requiring the deep training.

Includes

Tanks & Weights
Marine park fees
Water & snack
Free Nitrox

Extras

Full dive equipment rental: $15
Dive computer rental: $10
GoPro Rental: $50
(includes memory card for you to keep)
Nitrox tanks: $FREE
15L/100cuFt tanks: $3 per tank

Dive info

AM: 30m/100ft
40m/130ft available for Deep Specialty divers
PM: 12m/40ft
Water: 27-30°C / 80-87°F
Dive times: typically 40-60min
We always try to give you the best experience and long dives whenever possible. Of course, we need to respect air consumption and no-decompression limits

Book now…

Start your booking by selecting the date you would like to dive

2 dives, $80

2 Morning Dives
$80.00
2 Afternoon Dives
$80.00
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Let us know the name of each diver you would like to book for. Also, let us know any equipment rental each diver will require.
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If you would like to add of remove divers to your booking please adjust the quantity next to the "Add to cart" button.
This is a multiple day dive package, so all of the extras such as equipment rental, GoPro rental and private guide fees reflect the total cost across your entire multiple-day package. If you don't want everything on every day then don't add it right now and just let us know via phone/email.
Although we are proud to work with small groups, if you would prefer to have a private guide then we can arrange this for you. You'll notice that generally the cost of the private guide decreases when you add buddies to dive alongside you in the private group.
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A smiling diver seems happy to see a small school of grunts at Jardines reef

We have healthy reefs with a huge variety of life with many schools of fish. We often see turtles, moray eels, lobsters and stingrays and occasionally nurse sharks and eagle rays.

The visibility on average tends to be between 10m/30ft and 25m/80ft. There are currents here, but they are not as strong as the ones in Cozumel. The reef has many spots for the fish to hide, so you can turn a corner and see a wall of fish in front of you.

What will I see? (morning dives)

Our morning dives feature reefs and a wreck up to 30m/100ft deep and these sites will be best for more experienced divers.

A great photo of a sponge at Tortugas Reef taken by the talented Robert Stansfield

The currents on these deeper dives tend to be stronger than the afternoon currents, so you can expect to enjoy an excellent drift dive. We typically head for a deeper dive first before heading for a shallower (12-14m/40-50ft) second dive.

We have a large choice of sites for our morning dives including sponge gardens, walls and a shipwreck. Of course, we will always try to plan the perfect dive for you and with so many sites we can normally ensure that we don’t take you to the same place twice.

What will I see? (afternoon dives)

Our afternoon dives are great for divers of any level. We have five Caribbean reef sites with depths of up to 12m/40ft.

New divers will enjoy the shallower reefs and generally milder currents. You are likely to see many schools of colorful fish, impressive moray eels and potentially turtles (about 30% of the time)

The reefs are adjacent to the sand, so if you have any buoyancy issues you are less likely to damage any delicate corals.

Experienced divers will enjoy the chance to really explore every area of the reef. With many small creatures to find and a milder current these sites can be an underwater photographer’s dream.

Comfort and safety

Divers prepare to roll back from our boat Zazil-Ha in to the beautiful turquoise waters here in Playa del Carmen

Our boats each have two engines, and the captains have been working on the dive boats here for many years. Their experience really helps when it comes to selecting the most suitable dive site in changeable conditions.

One of our captains is also a PADI Rescue Diver so he really knows what divers need.

Our boats also have all appropriate safety equipment:

  • Emergency oxygen
  • First-aid kit
  • VHF radio
  • Life jackets

Our boats have plenty of space for you to prepare yourself prior to diving and have shaded areas to escape the Caribbean sun. We provide purified drinking water onboard as well as a freshly baked muffin.

Going a little deeper

We can provide you with PADI Deep Adventure training (+$20) to give you the skills and knowledge to dive to depths of up to 30m / 100ft while you dive with us on a morning dive here in Playa del Carmen.

Diver performing exercisesThe Deep Adventure dive involves reading the Deep chapter of the Advanced Open Water manual, answering a series of questions in your own time prior to arriving (we will send you materials electronically). On the day of your dive the instructor will review your answers as part of an extended briefing.

The instructor will then accompany you on your dive and run through a couple of in-water exercises with you. The in-water exercises typically don't take long to complete and don't detract from your enjoyment of the dive.

Why do you do this?

PADI Open Water divers are trained to a maximum depth of 18m / 60ft. We adhere to PADI recommendations and don't take divers deeper than their training limits. This gives you many benefits, including that travel/dive insurance companies will often only provide coverage for a "depth to which you are trained" and of course our approach will also keep you as safe as possible.

After the dive you will receive a certificate of completion to confirm your participation in the training. At the discretion of other dive centers, this certificate can be honored for future dives which require deep training and can also be used to count towards your full Advanced Open Water course when you choose to continue your learning.

The Deep Adventure dive is one of the five dives you would do as part of the PADI Advanced Open Water course and therefore you will need to complete the relevant PADI paperwork with us. As with all PADI courses you should review the medical questionnaire.. As a 5-star dive center we are passionate about teaching and improving skills, so if you have enough time during your vacation then instead of just completing the deep dive, you might want to consider completing the full PADI Advanced Open Water course. The course is a great course with a good balance between theory and practical exercises. The course really does not detract from the enjoyment of your dives and you will leave with a new level of skill, confidence and certification.

We know there is a problem witht he medical questionnaire. We are actively working to fix it. For now, you can check eligibility by visiting ScubaMedical.com

Medical Questionnaire

These are the core medical questions associated with PADI Discover Scuba Diving. If you need to answer YES to any of these questions you would need medical sign-off from a doctor.

This is only a quick check to help you right now. Before booking any training you should check the full medical and liability statements associated with the course.

  • Do you currently have an ear infection?
  • Do you have a history of ear disease, hearing loss or problems with balance?
  • Do you have a history of ear or sinus surgery?
  • Are you currently suffering from a cold, congestion, sinusitis or bronchitis?
  • Do you have a history of respiratory problems, severe attacks of hayfever or allergies, or lung disease?
  • Have you had a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or history of chest surgery?
  • Do you have active asthma or history of emphysema or tuberculosis?
  • Are you currently taking medication that carries a warning about any impairment of your physical or mental abilities?
  • Do you have behavioral health, mental or psychological problems or a nervous system disorder?
  • Are you or could you be pregnant?
  • Do you have a history of colostomy?
  • Do you have a history of heart disease or heart attack, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
  • Do you have a history of high blood pressure, angina, or take medication to control blood pressure?
  • Are you over 45 and have a family history of heart attack or stroke?
  • Do you have a history of bleeding or other blood disorders?
  • Do you have a history of diabetes?
  • Do you have a history of seizures, blackouts or fainting, convulsions or epilepsy or take medications to prevent them?
  • Do you have a history of back, arm or leg problems following an injury, fracture or surgery?
  • Do you have a history of fear of closed or open spaces or panic attacks (claustrophobia or agoraphobia)?

Small group = big fun

We proudly take our divers in small groups to provide the best service.

Small groups allow us to focus our time and attention on you to make sure you have the safest and most enjoyable experience possible.

Discover Scuba Diving / Open Water
Maxiumum 4 divers per Instructor

Playa del Carmen / Cozumel dives
Maximum 5 divers per Instructor

Cenotes
Maximum 4 divers per Instructor

We believe in quality

We consistently invest in new equipment and maintaining our equipment in excellent condition.

We are proud major-brand equipment we provide. Our standard equipment rental items are:

  • Regulator: Apeks ATA-40 (some with Suunto dive computers)
  • BCD: Zeagle Resort (with weight pockets)
  • Wetsuit: Cressi 2.5mm (ocean)
    or 5mm (cenotes)
  • Mask: 5 models available from Cressi, Beauchat, IST
  • Fins: Cressi branded, full-foot fins