Diving in Riviera Maya is doing it in one of the mecca of world diving. The Mexican Caribbean receives divers of all nationalities wanting to dive into Caribbean waters and dive indescribable cenotes. A place to live diving.

At 1945, a year after the inauguration of the airport of Island of Cozumel, the French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau visited the site for the first time. In 1961 he returned to record the program on Undersea world. Thanks to his documentaries the diving in the Mexican Caribbean caught the world's attention, and its crystalline waters and large marine faunaAs the enthusiastic Costeau said, they attracted divers from all over the world. 

Cozumel is still a candy for divers, but very diverse tastes await you here.

Diving in cenote. Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Photo of Juanma Cano

Diving open waters in the Mexican Caribbean

El Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest on the planet, travels approximately 1000 kilometers from the island of Contoy, in Mexico, bathing the coasts of Belize and Guatemala to Honduran waters. This great crystal reef Caribbean Sea It has great visibility and its waters are inhabited by animals as attractive as giant blankets, eagle rays, moray eels, sea horses, turtles, the incredible whale shark, manatee, hammerhead shark, cat, lemon or bull, blue sharks ... and coral fish like the parrot, damsels, butterflies, blue angels ... a gift for any diver.

Coral reef. Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Photo Juanma Cano

Underwater cavity diving in the Yucatan Peninsula

This part of the world is also known by the speleobuceo in underwater cavities, entering this fantastic world of cenotes. A fantastic, wonderful, wonderful underground aquatic world, where each entrance will lead you to unique sensations. Diving cenotes is something that every diver should try.

Difference between caves, caverns and caves: grotto it is that cavity from where the diver always sees a point of light, an exit. Some consider the same cave y cave, while others differentiate them: the cavern up to a certain distance and from this they consider it a cave. they distinguish them in degree of difficulty. To dive grottos you do not need special certification, to do it in caves if required.

Diving in Cenote Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Photo Juanma Cano

Diving in Riviera Maya:

It is the most developed Mexican Caribbean coastal strip, occupies 130 kolometers from the coast of Cancun to Tulum, adding the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Map Riviera Maya and Gran Costa Maya

Scuba diving in open waters on the entire coast of Riviera Maya. You will find diving centers in Cancún and Zona Hotelera, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Paamul, Xpuhá, OverallPunta Allen in Sian Ka'an ... Each area has its charms on its coasts, from the dive center you hire in your destination in Riviera Maya, you can dive every corner of open water and cenotes.

In Riviera Maya there are three islands where you can dive: Cozumel is the most spectacular, in women IslandContoy Island You can also dive its beautiful reefs. From the coast they make diving trips to the islands.

Diving in Mexican Caribbean, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Photo Juanma Cano

The cave diving in cenotes from Riviera Maya, the entrances to grottos, caves and caves, you can do it from the beautiful cenotes of the Ruta de los Cenotes in Puerto Morelos to those of Tulum. From Playa del Carmen to Tulum there is a festival of different cenotes to choose from, this area is a true gruyere cheese.

Diving in Cenote Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Photo Juanma Cano

Diving in Costa Maya:

It is the coastal strip of the Mexican Caribbean less developed tourism, it travels Punta Herreros, in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, up to Chetumal. The populations of Xcalak y Mahaual, from where you have access to the prized reef of Chinchorro Bankare the most popular destinations in this peaceful place. Two towns on the beach with attractive reefs, a quiet corner for the diver looking for another roll.

This area is not cenotes, but there are some, like the Blue Cenote, in the Laguna de Bacalar, where you also find diving center.

The diving center you choose will offer you your diving options, the menus are very tasty. I have had the luck to dive with these friends of Diving Center Beach  and that's why I recommend them, with them pure delicacy.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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