Playa del Carmen is a very popular place for divers. Not only is this because Playa de Carmen itself has great reefs to offer, it is also because of the surrounding dive experiences that exists.
We are eight people from Sweden living here, and studying a distance course through a Swedish university, and almost all of us are divers. We therefore have been diving a lot since we came here, almost three months ago. What we recommend you to do if you haven’t visited Playa del Carmen yet, is to dive as much as you can!
A couple of days ago some of us dove at Cozumel. The coral is amazing and one of the dives was a “wall-dive”. We dove on top of a vertical wall of coral that disappears 3000 meters down in the ocean. A lot of coral, and a lot of fish! Diving on Cozumel is in general a little better when it comes to marine life compared to Playa del Carmen. Luckily the ferry connecting the island to the main land takes less than an hour and costs only 155 pesos. The dive shops located in Playa del Carmen offers diving on Cozumel as well, through cooperation’s with the dive shops on Cozumel. Therefore it’s very smooth to go diving there even if you live in Playa del Carmen.
Cenotes (fresh water caves located in the jungle) is something you have to dive in as well. These crystal clear water filled caves with thousands of stalagmites and stalactites are an experience beyond the usual! There are a couple of cenotes to choose from, and they are very different in what they have to offer once you go under.
The cenote Dos ojos “two eyes”, or “två ögon” is an amazing stalagmite/stalactite cave with maximum depth of 12 meters with a large “air-pocket room” inside the cave that you’ll visit if you go there. I really recommend this cenote.
Another diving experience Playa del Carmen has to offer is the “Bull shark experience”. You will decent to the bottom quickly and then stand on your knees watching the sharks from up close. No cages are used, and some dive shops feed the sharks to lure them closer. The season for the bull sharks varies but is usually set between November – February.
Diving pictures will be updated later!