Scuba diving has become increasingly popular and once you obtain your Open Water Scuba Certificate, the ocean is yours to explore.
The Riviera Maya is that little slice of paradise surrounding Cancun, where you can spice up your summer travel with adventure. I love scuba diving and whenever I get close to any clear water, I have to strap on a tank and dive. Adding a Riviera Maya scuba adventure is a must when visiting this beautiful area of Mexico.
Get Scuba Certified:
Getting your scuba certification is a one-time course and the certificate is for life. You will spend a few days enjoying sea-life and warm Caribbean water if you hop off the plane and take a ferry ride from Cancun, Mexico to Isla Mujeres, a visually stunning, skinny island 20 minutes from mainland Mexico. Pop-in at Squalo Adventures and visit the crew. They are professional, kind and will float you through your Padi Certified Open Water course with ease.
Here are 4 amazing Riviera Maya Scuba Adventures You Must Dive:
1. Dive: Musa Isla Mujeres, The Underwater Museum
If you decide to enjoy a bit of the island life and escape the bustle of Cancun, Isla Mujeres is the spot. Here you can find scuba outfitter Squalo Adventures, obtain your Padi Open Water course and at the same time dive the famous Underwater Museum. These mysterious underwater sculptures were crafted by artist Jason DeCaires Taylor, bringing art and underwater ecology together. This is an amazing dive, hard to find anyone else. Squalo Adventures has everything you need to log Musa Isla Mujeres as one of your first Riviera Maya scuba adventures.
2. Dive: Pared Verde, Playa Del Carmen
Pared Verde is a great dive site off the beautiful beach of Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. This Riviera Maya scuba adventure will take you to the edge, literally. Pared Verde is a beautiful reef dive that is nestled next to a massive ledge and is home to various schools of fish and an assortment of amazing and healthy reef life. Check-out scuba outfitter Pro Dive Mexico for all your Pared Verde needs.
3. Dive: Horseshoe Reef Dive, Akumal
The Horseshoe Reef is known for their population of happy sea turtles as well as some turtle friends, morays, barracudas and many majestic fish found swimming about the reefs of the Riviera Maya. The outfitter for this Riviera Maya scuba adventure is Akumal Dive Shop, easy to find and will happily take you out to Horseshoe Reef, only a few minutes from shore. The water is shallow and clear for optimal scuba fun.
4. Dive: Gran Cenote Dive, Tulum
Gran Cenote is one of the most well-known and frequented cenotes in the area. It has snorkeling and diving, but the diving is for sure the best. Connected to the Sac Actun system, a dive at Gran Cenote will lead you down into a huge underwater cavern you would only expect to see on NatGeo or in movies. This Riviera Maya scuba adventure is a must do and will leave your heart racing and soul connected with the area forever. Your dive outfitter for this memorable adventure is The Abyss Dive Center, specialized in the denote diving around the area.