Playa Del Carmen is located on the Riviera Maya just under an hour from Cancun Airport. This Fishermen's' village has become the favorite place for dive
vacations because of the underwater river system AND rich coral reef that are home to an array of sea creatures and rich coral reefs.
The coral reef in the Riviera Maya is the second longest barrier reef.
There are different levels from 33 feet to 45 feet for diving that allow divers with little experience to experience Caribbean fish like angel fish, parrot fish, stingrays, moral eels and turtles. Some of the deeper sites might require a different level of experience.
There is a mix of things to explore from reefs to wreck diving and of course the famous caverns.
You need a normal certification to explore the 15 caverns in Playa del Carmen. You can experience caverns with interesting characteristics and sunlight effects, unusual flora and animals. A certified guiding instructor will escort you through the caverns if you are not familiar with the area
Cave diving Playa del Carmen is different to diving through the caverns, you need more than just a basic diving certificate.
With the right certification and experience, you can explore the vast cave systems that are regarded to be some of the best in the world. Your guide should be able to provide you with information on the local regulations that cave divers are required to adhere to
There are different conditions in the caves, some are harder some easier for shallow depth to sediment caves that are fragile and require care when you
are diving. The caves have lots of interesting stalagmites and stalactite column formations
For information on cave diving Playa del Carmen visit http://www.plutodive.com/diving/technical/cave-diving
You'll find all the information you need about diving in the Riviera Maya and all the wonderful things you can see and do in the area
Playa del Carmen: The world’s best cenote diving destination written by: musgrovesheryl One of the joys of scuba diving comes from exploring caves and
other formations found close to water bodies. A cenote is a surface connection to an underground water body, frequently found in coastal regions near
Due to the beauty of these underground complexes, many scuba divers have branched into the equally enjoyable sport of cenote diving. While this looks similar to cave diving, it is vastly different in that the divers stick to the natural light zones found in cenotes.
One of the best destinations for Cenote diving is Playa del Carmen in the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Apart from the excellent tourist facilities found in the region, it also has some of the most stunning cenotes in the world. The Dreamgate cenote, ranks among the most beautiful in the complex and consists of two arms. The Upstream and Downstream arms offer one of the most spectacular dives between stalactites and natural columns.
Also worth considering is the Cenote Tankah that connects one of the biggest underwater cave systems known as Nohoch Na Chich, with the ocean. It is located amidst a mangrove field, giving enthusiasts the sensation of diving beneath the jungle to encounter fauna from the surroundings.
Last and most famous of the set is Cenotes Dos Ojos. The name Dos Ojos is Spanish for two eyes; a reference to two neighboring cenotes connected through
a cavernous zone. The first Cenote is the BARBIE LINE and contains a lot of day light while the second is BAT CAVE LINE and is quite dark, surrounding
an air filled cave in which bats live.
For you to participate in cenote dives, all you need is to be a certified Open Water Diver with a minimum of 20 logged dives and skilful buoyancy control.
If you want to try out some cenote diving in the Playa del Carmen region, look for Pluto Dive, a local provider of quality scuba diving services. Find them on Street 40 between 5th and 10th avenue and will meet all your cenote diving needs.
Most of the world’s shark species are disappearing but fortunately we have divers that are, most of the time, “unique”. Divers are shark’s friend that wants sharks alive.
Unfortunately some people see the sharks like a killing machine! Everywhere in the world divers and sharks lover are trying to protect sharks.
They are part of the underwater ecosystem and they keep everything balanced. Diving with sharks is an amazing and unique adventure. In Playa del Carmen during the right season, from November to March, you can enjoy the company of these beautiful animals. You can dive between depths of 18mt/60 feet and 25 mt/87 feet drifting or sitting on the sand and see a lots of bull sharks.
In Playa del Carmen there are two way to dive with bull shark: “watching dive” or “feeding dive” Most of the dive shops of the area are against feeding shark but you can find some diving center that organize that kind of dive. During the watching dive you just wait on the sand that this beautiful species appears. Look, admire and enjoy. Feeding dive means that the shark is attracted with bites of fish.
Each diver is free to choose one of this way or both to see bull shark. Anyway it’s a unique dive! Just watch and feel the underwater emotion with them!
One of the goal for any trained cave diver is to find a new cave system to explore , the feeling to be there as first human is like to discover a new Everest and climb it all in one breath.
Planning and training are essential parts of such difficult and technical section of cave diving.
You will need to be trained in climbing ( not all the entrances are easy to reach) , multistage and decompression diving , deep diving , survey diving , advanced side mount diving and no mount diving.
Be prepared physically and mentally :
long walks in the jungle carrying a lot of heavy equipment can be impossible if you are not fit enough.
Cave diving in new caves can put you in very hard task loading dive , no visibility can be expected , even for long periods ,you need to lie new line in the system, than you need to survey it , your mind has to be well trained to avoid put you in danger all time .
Here in the Riviera Maya we still have a lot of caves to discover, we only need time to go in the jungle and work for it.
New discovery are done in different time , you need to find the new place as first part of the plan .
Way to do that are , talking with Landowners (they know their lands) , walk around in the jungle ( not safe) or take a small Plane and fly over taking GPS references at the interesting places.
Once identified the possible cave to go you will need to find the owner and ask for permission to go there, if he say yes the planning will start.
Reach some places can be difficult and sometimes you will need to cut the thick jungle to open a decent path to walk in , than you will need to carry equipment there , for the first time can be used very light
One , just to see the cave potential , small cylinders , primary and back up lights , fins and mask , a big Primary reel.
Short dive will be done in all the directions to find a way to go , if you got it , will be time to come back with more equipment to continue the survey. Essential is to mark the place with GPS coordinates to know where you are and make a precise map.
Now we have something to work on , real diving plan can start , we need Sherpa to go there? May be mules? The path can be cleaned enough to pass through with a truck? How many cylinders we gonna need ? How many cave divers?
Once you answer realistically to all that questions you can start you first real dive at the cave.
Normally a team of two cave diver is good to start , with a set of double cylinders each ( better if in side mount ) , they can work together or in different ways , one in upstream and the other in downstream ( be more conservative) , starting to lie down line with proper tie offs and markers , if they are lucky they can both finish an exploration reel of knotted line ( each 10ft/3m) , at that point the real survey start , with slates you need to mark at each tie off (called station) Azimuth , depth and distance , once on the surface will need to copy all the data on a proper survey page , avoiding to lose all the work done.
As much as the system grow during the next dives , as much is complicated to make a proper cave diving plan , team or divers will need more cylinders , deco stops can be involved , passing in to major restrictions , deep places can be reached than gas switches must be expected , sideways passages will be visited before to continue on the main line and a mazes of cave can be grown .
The possibility to find connections with other caves is very high here in the Riviera Maya , leading team of cave divers that love to discover new places to continue they survey for long periods of time , putting down miles and miles of new cave line per year.
Curiosity of the unknown guide them along dirt places , long walks , task loading dives , complex navigation and danger just to have the personal reward to have been in symbiosis with the magic of the nature ,that magic you can only find in cave diving.
Plan is stage diving in cave , using side mount equipment.
Early morning wake up , 6:30 am , have a nice breakfast
To get in a hard day , 10 minutes to check on line news and socials , than get ready for the meeting in Pluto Dive Shop.
At 7:45 Marcia , Fulvio and Me meet at the shop and start to load the equipment in the truck , 3 tanks each diver , the plan is a long cave diving , pressure check , light check , video and equipment check , ready to go.
At 8:20 we are on the highway direction to the cenote Dos Pisos , just after Tulum , we do a brief stop in a market to buy some soft drinks and water , is really hot and we need to be hydrated , than we have to drive 1 hour to get at the place , we call the owner to advise we are arriving in a bit , we stat to talk about life and our bucket list , after one hour drive we are at the dive site , it is time to set up gear and take everything down to the cave entrance , after 40 minutes all is ready and we jump in the water , bubble check , equipment check and match , plan review , gas , time and depth , team position and we start our long dive , plan is 90 minutes in….
Descending in a small and silty passage we move on the main line slowly , after 10 minutes the cave open up and show us an amazing place with a lot of speleothems , we stop to take some photo shots and than we move over, 35 minutes in the dive is time to leave the stage tanks , proper signal , switch to side mount bottles and we are ready to continue our swimming in the cave , is beautiful over here, impossible to describe, you need to be in this place to understand what we feel. After 90 minutes into the dive we call the turn around , it is time to go back , we start to swim toward the exit of the cave , at 140 minutes we find our stage bottles , a little bit earlier but we do not stop a lot to take pictures on the return.
Another gas switch and we are again breathing from our stages , 35 minutes a we will be out of this amazing place.
We slowly move in the alley , take some other shot and finally get back to the surface.
We are trained Cave Instructors and dove those places many times but you need to see our eyes and faces after that dive , we smile and the only words are thank you each other ,it is impossible to explain that feeling , we get caved again and we are happy like puppies.
Now is the time to pack all the equipment taking only memories and leaving only bubbles.
Getting back on the highway we are ready for the most yummy roasted chicken in all the Riviera Maya.
In late afternoon we are back at the shop , store everything and prepare the equipment for another day in the Amazing Caves in the Riviera Maya.
There are too many good reasons why the Riviera Maya is one of the most well-loved and most visited diving destinations in the world. Scuba divers worldwide make it their dream to be able to go to this part of the ocean.
From different types of diving adventures to the fun activities outside the water that both divers and non-divers can enjoy, there is really just so much to look forward to in the Riviera Maya.
This wonderful water world is of course known to the world because of the diving experience it offers. Given the excellent condition of the reefs in 20 dive sites, tourists make it a point to try reef diving.
Its clear and warm waters make it the perfect location for deep dives.
Cenotes diving is also something that more experienced divers want to try in the Riviera Maya.
It is the best choice for those who are into technical and deep diving.
Cenotes comes from the Mayan word, "Dzonot." They are actually sinkholes that were formed from the collapsed land of the last ice age.
Now, these have become cave systems and flooded underground rivers.
It is historically known that, the Cenotes were actually believed by the Mayans to be the entrance to the underworld.
It may seem like this adventure is only for experienced divers, but there are highly trained dive guides available.
So for those who want to try this beautiful dive experience, they should be in safe hands.
Aside from reef and deep diving, the Riviera Maya is also a perfect location for wall diving. There is an outer reef from the 3 main reef systems of Puerto Aventuras. This outer reef is a 100-150 feet ( 30-40 meters ) wall, that drops way down to the deep blue ocean.
Facing Riviera Maya is also the world-famous Cozumel which is also well known for wall diving.
What tourists look forward to in the Cozumel is the Museo Subacuático de Arte’s submerged sculptures and the Chankanaab, which is home to sea turtles, manatees and dolphins.
Swimming with the Whales and Turtles
Snorkeling is also a fun activity especially when you get to be with the whale sharks. The feeding and breeding season starts in May and ends in September. This would be the best time to come and visit.
You can also dive with the sea turtles. Riviera Maya's coastline is a nesting area for the loggerhead turtle and the green turtle. If you want to swim and snorkel with the fastest fish in the ocean, you can come during the winter season of the Mexican Caribbean. This is the place they call home during such season.
Fun for Non-Divers Tulum is also a popular place to visit anytime of the year. It is the most popular archaeological site in Riviera Maya.
It used to be an ancient fortress city for the Mayans.
It is built overlooking the ocean, and the beaches are stunning. For non-divers, there are many events in Playa del Carmen. This coastal resort town has many parties.
There are also many shops, restaurants, laid back bars and of course, palm-lined beaches. The Riviera Maya is definitely the place to be anytime of the year.
Playa del Carmen in Mexico is an idyllic location in the world. It is located in the Riviera Maya and has grown from just a fishing village into a site for scuba diving and other cultural activities.
Playa del Carmen diving is a popular activity thanks to the vibrant sea life and the underwater caverns which attract divers from far and wide to explore that beauty. It is a tourist destination with beautiful landscapes, underground rivers, ancient Mayan architecture and incredible forest cover.
In the summer the temperatures soar to 30 degrees and during the winter, the water temperature is 27 degrees Celsius.
There are a couple of reasons why you should dive in the Riviera Maya. First, the reefs are unforgettable. You can scuba dive in Cozumel as the island is considered one of the top sites for reef diving. The clear, unpolluted waters of the Riviera Maya provide you with a grand opportunity to do technical and deep diving. You can do deep diving either in the Cenotes or the ocean, the water is warm and there are plenty of marine animals to watch as you go along. In fact there is an array of marine life you will see in Playa del Carmen scuba diving activities. Aquatic animals like squids, caguama turtles, rays, bull sharks, whale sharks and sailfish.
The Cenotes are flooded underground rivers which in the Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen. They are underground caves for which lead to ancient Mayans underworld. Diving in the Cenotes is a rare experience you will ever get elsewhere in the world, it is like no other. Playa del Carmen diving cannot be mentioned without feeding bull sharks in the period between November and March. What about diving with the sea turtles? The Riviera Maya has been a potent breeding ground for some of the endangered species which are awesome looking. You can scuba dive alongside whale sharks which are harmless and can grow up to 40 feet long. They migrate to the Yucatan Peninsula and appear between May and September. This is a thrilling experience with nature. This is not to mention the beautiful coral reefs that you see along the way.
Cozumel is the largest Mexican island in the Caribbean. It is a magnificent dive site which offers plenty of marine flora and fauna. You scuba dive through large canyons of coral that drop to the bottom of the sea as well as being in awe of huge coral mountains. This is a sight to behold. It is an ideal location for wall diving and spectacular walls at that. The Tulum area as well is a great site for diving as it has beautiful reefs and is abundant in Cenotes. Diving in Tulum’s crystal clear waters, you will witness unparalleled beauty of stalactites and stalagmites in an experience that is not to be missed for anything. In Tulum, there are reef and Cenote snorkeling tours.
This is a paradisiacal experience which Mexico and in particular Playa del Carmen offers you. You do not have to know how to swim or dive, there are lots of activities for non-divers like excursions, visiting Mayan archeological sites and ATV tours as part of the rich and diverse offerings of Playa del Carmen.
Vacationing in Playa del Carmen puts you at the center of some amazing diving experiences, but your adventures don’t have to stop when you come out of the water. There’s an incredible amount to do all over the Riviera Maya, all within easy reach of Playa del Carmen.
Pluto Dive is a mere fifteen-minute drive from two spectacular parks, perfect for days of sight-seeing and adventure. The first of these is Xcaret Eco Park. Xcaret offers many attractions that take advantage of the area’s natural beauty, including diving in reefs and zoological exhibits featuring sea turtles, jaguars, butterflies, bats, and more. Xcaret also contains Mayan ruins and many attractions based on recreating Mayan culture. These include crafts, folk dances, and a traditional temascal steam bath. Close by Xcaret you will find the Xplor Adventure Park. Here, you can explore beautiful cenotes and flooded caverns underground, raft through jungle trails and caves on the surface, and race through the sky on ziplines!
If you’re looking for a more relaxing sightseeing experience, consider visiting some of the many Mayan ruins scattered across the Yucatán peninsula. The most famous of these is the pyramid at Chichen Itza. The archaeological sites at Tulum and Coba are much closer to Playa del Carmen, and well worth a visit. But Mayan culture is more than ruins—it is alive all around the Yucatan. More than a third of the population here still speaks the Yucatec Maya language. In many of the nearby towns you will find people keeping the traditions of both the ancient Maya and the colonial Spanish cultures alive. The village of Valladolid and the city of Merida are two destinations that are particularly rich with the region’s culture.
There is certainly no shortage of things to do when you come to Playa del Carmen. There are breathtaking sights to be seen, entertainment, adventure—and of course, unforgettable Playa del Carmen diving experiences with Pluto Dive.
The underwater world of the Riviera Maya is rich with incredible sights and unforgettable experiences. Let our guides take you to colorful reefs, vibrant island banks, and mysterious cenote caverns.
However, not everything can be witnessed by a novice diver. There is more to see for those with the skills to go deeper and take their exploration farther. It takes special techniques to stay safe diving in a cave, or anywhere else where you can’t simply swim straight up to reach the surface. On top of that, especially deep dives require special breathing mixtures and decompression stops to safely come back to the surface.
“Technical diving” is a catchall term for diving that requires more advanced skills and equipment than basic recreational SCUBA diving. Many of the underwater caves, wrecks, and cliffs along the Playa del Carmen coast require specialized technical diving skills and equipment to explore. By mastering these skills you will open new diving possibilities for yourself.
More than any other diving center in Playa del Carmen, Pluto Dive has the equipment and the expertise to teach these advanced diving skills. Our team of diving instructors are all trained and certified by our chief instructor, Scott Carnahan. We offer training in every level of diving offered by the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD)—that means we are prepared to teach the most advanced skills and cutting-edge equipment. Whatever your skill level, our courses can broaden your horizons and unlock dives that are currently beyond your reach. Our diving courses take only a few days, and almost all will let you put what you’ve learned into practice with actual diving.
A diver going into the water for the first time enters another world. Entering the deep water, and caves out of reach of the sun, takes you to still another world. We are proud to serve as guides and instructors who can make these amazing, impossible journeys possible. Wonderful expericence of Playa del Carmen Diving.
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