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Riviera Maya Diving

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Riviera Maya dive guide


Find the dive guide for the different regions of the Riviera Maya on the left.

The Riviera Maya offers a great variety of diving opportunities. Riviera Maya's Great Maya Reef boasts some of the best diving offered in the western hemisphere. The marine life is abundant and more than 450 species of fish can be found here including turtles. With the diversity of dive sites both novices and advanced divers will find something to suit their needs here.

Always dive according to your level of training. Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.

All the information provided above is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.

Average air temperature during the year range from 25C (77F) to 30C (86F) 
Average Water surface temperature ranges from is 26C (78F) in January to 29C 84F in August.
Cenote water temperatures are around 24C, (76F) all year. 
Visibility is average 25 metres (82 feet)
warmest time: April- May and September-January and also the wettest.
Possible to dive all year round

The Mayan Riviera goes from Punta Brava (south of Cancun airport) to Tulum and off it's coast is the famous Cozumel Island. In this region you will find coral reefs teeming with life, caverns (cenotes), caves and a large network of underground rivers. 

Cenotes are deep water-filled sinkholes in limestone created when the roof of an underground cavern collapses creating a natural pool which is then filled by rain and underground rivers. The Cenotes, unique to the Yucatan Peninsula and Mayan Riviera are more than 400 kilometres and have spectacular rock formations called stalactites and stalagmites.

In the whole of the Riviera Maya divers can enjoy spactacular reef diving, cave and cenote (cavern) diving and some great wrecks diving as well. The local dive centers operate daily to the local reefs where divers can encounter turtles. Visits to the cenotes close by are also organised as well as outings to Cozumel's famous reefs. In the months of May to September you can dive with the whale shark.

Cozumel, a world class diving destination can be reached by taking the passenger ferry from Playa del Carmen across the Yucatan channel. Cozumel has numerous reefs and drop offs with sites to suit both beginners and advanced divers. For the experienced divers the coral covered tunnels of Maracaibo on the southern tip of the island will be a special treat. The rich marine life and corals in Cozumel make every dive worthwhile

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