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Playa Del Carmen Diving

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Playa Del Carmen dive guide


Playa del Carmen diving in the Riviera Maya offers unforgettable diving experiences for divers of all levels.There are beautiful ocean reefs, canverns and cenotes. The Great Mayan Reef Barrier stretches from Cancun to Honduras and is the largest in the western hemisphere.

The water temperature normally stays between 26ºC/78ºF and 30ºC/86ºF and visibility varies from 20m/60ft to 30m/90ft depending on the weather and ocean conditions.

With spectacular coral formations and tropical sponges, the Great Mayan Barrier Reef is a natural refuge for a multitude of marine creatures and a lot of dive sites are accesible right from the coast. But that's not all, there is no area in the world with as many underwater caves as the Mayan Riviera in the Yucatan Peninsula's Caribbean coast.

The word "Cenote" pronounced, say-no-tay and is derived from the Mayan word, "Dzonot" which means sacred well. A combination of various geological events and climate changes have created an unbelievable and unique ecosystem in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. These caves and underground rivers were created naturally over 6,500 years ago. Over the years, experienced scuba divers have explored these caves discovering more than 300 miles of interconnected passageways and caves.
These cenotes that offer certified divers the opportunity to explore something different are found only in this part of the world.
Diving in a cenote cavern is an experience you'll not forget and is particular to this area of Mexico. Cenotes are cavern entrances to the underground river system of the Yucatan Peninsula. The maximum depth reached is 50 feet (16 meters), with excellent visibility, no current, and fresh water.

While in Playa del Carmen you can dive these sites:

Cerebros (brain) at a depth of 13m/39ft, the most northern dive site in Playa del Carmen aquired it's name due to the large amount of coral brains that are on this reef. Some of the marine life you will encounter on this reef are king crabs, eels and shrimps.

Los Arcos name is derived from the two arches that form this dive site and it's depth is maximum 29m/87ft. It also comprises of a wall section, which is 5m/15ft high and is covered by hard corals, sponges and sea fans. In the sandy area you'll find turtles and stingrays. When the water is colder it is common to see bull sharks and with some luck you could just see whale sharks, mantas and large mammals migrating throuh here.

Pared Verde (green wall) is a must for wall lovers. First there are small walls divided by sandy areas but as you go on you'll come to the main wall which has great coral formation and a lot of small and large marine life. Expect strong currents at times. Maximum depth is 28m/84ft.

Tortuga Reef (Turtle) counts among Playa del Carmen's most popular dive sites owing to the large amount of sea turtles, which live here. The reef is abundant with corals and sponges. King crabs, nurse sharks, groupers and tarpons are commonly sighted here.

Mama Viña Wreck is a shrimp boat that was sunk in 1995 for scuba dive activities and with time it has overgrown with coral and is home to a lot of marine life.

Punta Venado is the most southern reef you can dive in Playa del Carmen. This dive is for advanced divers as it's a multilevel dive at a maximum depth is of 33m/99ft. Expect abundance of marine life which includes nurse sharks, bull sharks, sting rays, turtles, schools of tarpons and many other species.

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