Riviera Maya Ocean Diving
Experience the Riviera Maya Underwater
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.
Dive on the Mesoamerican Reef – 2nd Largest Barrier Reef in the World
Whether you are a seasoned diver, an occasional diver or want to learn to scuba dive, the Riviera Maya is a great diving destination with lots of dive centers to dive with. International guides love what they do, and want to make your Riviera Maya and Costa Maya dive trip a blast! Once you see the clear blue waters of the Mexican Caribbean, you will want to get your gear on and see what you can see. Turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, tropical fish, barrel sponges, coral, and some endangered species of coral and fish are seen every day in the sea.
Experienced divers will love the flora and fauna seen in visibility of 80ft/20m or more. New divers and occasional divers will have the time of their life in warm waters that are calm and easy to dive in. Bring your dive card, rent gear or use your own, hook up with a dive center and start diving. There is no shore diving in the Riviera Maya or Costa Maya so find a dive center as soon as you arrive and get signed up to dive! You get to all the dive sites by boat, and a local guide gets in the water with you to show you the best spots! Now that’s service! You never know you may see a Loco Gringo staff member underwater with you!
Where to dive in the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya
We have to say, there is no bad diving in the area. There are areas that have different highlights and their own unique features, but there is no bad or ‘better diving areas’ on any one part of the coast. Here is the breakdown of scuba diving highlights:
Playa del Carmen – Known for calm seas as the Island of Cozumel protects the dive sites from oncoming weather. Enjoy the Turtle dive, the Mama Vina wreck, great beginner dive sites for newbies, and lots of fish!
Puerto Morelos – The reef located off the shores of Puerto Morelos is part of a protected national marine park. Highlights include a wreck, untouched coral, and lots of sea life.
Akumal, Tulum, and all the little towns in between – Diving throughout the coast is great and the smaller towns offer great diving and wonderful dive centers to dive with. If you want a really great dive trip, try it all! Each location and destination offers a unique coral bed and fish sightings on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world.
Cozumel – Discovered as a diving haven by Jacques Cousteau, Cozumel is all about large coral walls, deep diving and great colors. The toadfish is only found in Cozumel and sea horses are found easily. Cozumel is more about coral and less about fish, with some world-class diving just a ferry ride away.
Cancun – A recent reef recovery program was installed off the shores of Cancun. Underwater sculpture gardens were installed to encourage more coral growth. The sculptures reflect the culture and nationality of Mexico, with a particular focus on Mayan history and contemporary Mexican culture.
Xcalak and Mahahual – The Chinchorro Banks can be accessed from either of these destinations and is a bucket list dive trip, when you get out to sea. We have to forewarn our diving friends, the Chinchorro Banks requires specific sea conditions so ensure great visibility and an easy boat ride. We wish we could tell you the best time to try and get out to see the Chinchorro Banks, but the only one who knows is Mother Nature. If you get out, it is wonderful, but be patient, as this is a not a guaranteed dive trip when you make the trip south to the Costa Maya.
Stay Close By
Central Playa del Carmen| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
BePlaya Boutique Hotel offers guests innovative contemporary designed accommodations in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Hotel guests are encouraged to just BE when staying at BePlaya, which is the mantra of this cosmopolitan hotel located just off 5th Ave.
Mahahual| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
Superlative hospitality on a remote beach 30 minutes north of Mahahual on the Costa Maya. If you are looking for an escape from your hectic lifestyle this little boutique hotel specializes in un-plugged pleasures and beautiful Caribbean vistas. These beachfront rooms are the perfect escape.
Playa del Carmen North| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
Stay in a beach bungalow or hotel room, just 5 minutes from Playa del Carmen’s 5th Ave. Enjoy 2 on-site restaurants, 2 bars, a dive shop, a games room, and massage services. The rooms feature a private bathroom, AC, a safe and a spacious terrace with hammocks. Breakfast and dinner are included.
Central Akumal| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
A Snorkeler’s and sun worshiper’s paradise, this Akumal hotel offers oceanfront hotel rooms and bungalows with AC, a private bathroom (great water pressure), a small fridge, a safe and either a terrace or a balcony. A swimming pool, dive center, restaurant and snack bar are on site.
Playa del Carmen – Central| 1 to 4 Beds | 1 to 3 Bath
Deluxe condo/hotel just across the street from Playa del Carmen main beach. Enjoy a luxurious interior, 1-3 bedrooms, AC, WiFi, full kitchen, facility pool, gardens, penthouse units have jacuzzi & partial ocean view. Sleeps 2-6.
Mahahual| 1 to 2 Beds | 1 Bath
This exceptional boutique hotel in Mahahual has charm, style and an air of tranquility within the heart of this Caribbean town. Step across the street and on to the sand. The hotel offers a variety of hotel rooms and suites to meet your vacation needs. A small hotel that’s big on service.
Akumal| 1 or 2 Beds | 1 Bath
Barefoot-luxury on a budget? Check out these air-conditioned rooms, equipped with full bathrooms, comfortable beds, ceiling fans, free Wi-Fi and compact refrigerators. Walk 2 minutes to the powdery Akumal Bay beach or claim your pool privileges at Hotel Akumal Caribe (100 meters away).
Tulum Beach| 5 Beds | 3 Bath
Part of the Hotel Zamas property, Casa Laura is a great option for wedding parties or large groups travelling together. You have all the amenities of their beachfront hotel with the added privacy and convenience of a vacation home.
Playa del Carmen – City Center| 1 Bed | 1 Bath
Right on 5th Ave between 26th and 28th streets, Artisan is close to incredible beaches, shops, nightlife, as well as many of Playa’s top restaurants.
North Akumal| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 to 2 Bath
Right on Half Moon Bay beach, these condos are a great value. Take your choice of either 1 or 2 bedrooms w/ AC, kitchen, living room, etc. Each condo has a view of the sea from a patio or balcony. 3 restaurants are nearby.
Only $75 a Night Until October 31! Puerto Morelos| 1 to 3 Beds | 1 Bath
Welcome to Casa Caribe, a charming and authentically Mexican guesthouse! Established for more than 20 years in the quiet fishing village of Puerto Morelos, Casa Caribe is a lovely getaway from the daily grind. Enjoy sunny days and tranquil nights by the Caribbean coast.
South Akumal| 8 Bed | 5 Bath
It’s elegant. It’s uncluttered. And it’s truly grand, featuring over 5,000 square feet of living space, 5 lovely air conditioned bedrooms and unparalleled views of South Akumal beach. Enjoy the swimming pool, kitchen, living room, multiple terraces & patios overlooking the gardens and sea. A rooftop sun deck for a birds eye view.