If you have never snorkeled or been diving before, the Riviera Maya is the place to start. If you are a seasoned water sports nut, the adventure awaits. The Riviera Maya is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, the longest underground river system, and freshwater cenotes. This diversity, found no where else in the world, offers many opportunities to explore the underwater world and enhance your vacation with a snorkeling, scuba diving or snuba® experience!
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the world. This Barrier Reef begins at the top of the Yucatan Peninsula and runs south to Belize and beyond. This reef system, with over 500 fish species and 100 coral types, gives you some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya. The Riviera Maya is known as one of the top spots for Loggerhead and Green turtles, queen conch, and the annual migration of whale sharks. This means a great sea-adventure whether you are a snorkeler or experienced scuba diver. The Riviera Maya also offers a unique dive experience like no other in the world: cavern diving! The fresh water of the Yucatan runs underground and the caverns & caves offer an unique and adventurous dive experience.
Whether you are a scuba diver or want to try scuba diving, you are in the right place to make the plunge! Diving in the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya is an experience you will never forget. The Riviera Maya started as a scuba diving destination and continues to be a great place to dive! Great guides, calms seas, incredible visibility and short boat rides makes the Riviera Maya a diving mecca.
If you are a snorkeler or if snorkeling is on your bucket list, the Mexican Caribbean is a great place to make a splash and check out what is happening underwater. The crystal clear waters and calm seas make snorkeling an easy activity for everyone. Whether you are a beginner or snorkel enthusiast, the Riviera Maya is home to the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Reef.
The Riviera Maya offers an awesome diving experience for certified divers with this dive happening in the jungle, not the ocean! It’s called Cavern diving, or Cenote diving, and it’s the most unique diving experience in Mexico. Divers come to the Riviera Maya just to dive the cenotes; it is that unique. If you are open water certified and up for a new dive experience this could be for you!
The Riviera Maya is home to the longest, most spectacular underwater caves in the world. Visitors can get a glimpse into a small part of the Maya's Xibalba (SHEE-bal-ba) by taking a snorkel tour to any of the local cenotes. Cenote snorkeling is fun. It combines local history, the environment and culture into one activity. You can create your own adventure or seek out a local guide who will provide you with some great cenote history.
The Riviera Maya coastline is a desired destination for cave diving and exploration. Since the early 1980s when the first explorations began, explorers have worked tirelessly to understand and reveal the caves in the area. Cave diving is a highly-trained, technical sport. Cave divers who come to the area witness some of the most decorated caves in the world!