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About Scuba Diving Playa del Carmen

Scuba divers love scuba diving Playa del Carmen because of its diversity and the fact that the water clarity is often spectacular, especially at places like Tortuga where visibility can reach 30 meters. Jacque Cousteau himself thought this area was one of the best in the world. And divers who have been scuba diving in Playa and Cozumel would agree with the godfather of scuba diving.

Both experienced and novice divers can find a place to dive. Wherever and whenever you choose to dive, rest assured that you will never forget the trip to Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

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Bull Shark Playa del Carmen

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When is the best time of year to go Scuba Dive Playa del Carmen?

The winter season is considered the best time to scuba dive Playa del Carmen because the conditions are so hospitable. Winter water temperatures off the coast of Playa del Carmen and Cozumel average at about 25 degrees centigrade.

The winter season runs from early December through March. Above-water temperatures sit in the 21 to 29 degrees Centigrade range during this time. Be warned, however, that tourist traffic is highest during this time. Summer lasts from May through August and temperatures range from 27 to 35 degrees Centigrade.

While many fear the rain during this season, locals urge that the rain is unpredictable and sometimes rainless periods last for weeks. Rainy season diving is generally considered to be problematic due to the dangerous currents that can form – this is, after all, hurricane season for this part of the world.

Scuba dive sites in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

  • Sabalas Tarpon – A major cave location featuring lots of lengthy areas through which you can swim – be sure to check this one out.

  • Tortugas – Named after the Spanish word for “turtles,” this area has… you guessed it! a larger-than-normal turtle population, but expect to see barracudas, sharks, and even dolphins if you happen to be lucky.

  • Mama Viné – An artificially-sunken ship whose rooms you can swim through, this is an advanced divers’ location only because the strong currents would surely carry those-less-experienced away.

  • Pared Verde – The name means “green wall” in Spanish, but the ultimate highlight of this location is not the wall at all; instead, it is definitely the long chimney through which you can make your ascent.

  • Chankanaab Lagoon Beach – The site of many dolphin sightings, limestone tunnels, and more, this Cozumel Island beach is a must see and also sits somewhat close to Mama Viné, providing the perfect combo for a one-day trip.

Marine Life found in Playa del Carmen

  • Splendid toadfish (found only in the waters of Cozumel!)
  • Sea turtles
  • Brown trumperfish
  • Porcupine fish
  • Moray eels
  • Bull sharks. Read more about when the best time of year is to scuba dive with Bull sharks in Playa del Carmen
  • Eagle rays
  • Scorpion fish
  • Groupers

Read more about scuba diving in Playa del Carmen

About Playa del Carmen

Sitting in the gorgeous Yucatan Peninsula along the Caribbean Sea you will find a scuba paradise called Playa del Carmen, a town whose single purpose is to support a vibrant recreational life and a life centered around scuba diving. Just a short boat ride away sits Cozumel, an island with a two thousand year old history of Mayan civilization, World War II operations, and most recently, some of the most highly celebrated recreational diving in the world. Recreational scuba diving began in the 1960s around Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, but it is so well regarded that people still fight over who introduced the diving world to the area.

How to Get to Playa del Carmen?

When heading to either of these locations, fly into the Cancun International Airport because of its proximity to both locations. Reaching Playa del Carmen by bus or car (airport shuttle) is probably most popular among those who visit the town because the Cancun International Airport is a short forty-five minute drive away. Once in Playa del Carmen, you can take a ferry to Cozumel from the famous Cozumel Ferry Dock in town.

These ferries leave approximately every hour and take anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes to reach Cozumel. Alternatively, you can take a plane from the Cancun airport to the airport on Cozumel via a growing number of major airlines.

Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.

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