Diving Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is one of the favorite destinations for vacation, especially in summer, according to Trip Advisor, as it is an idyllic place located in the heart of the Riviera Maya with fine white sand and blue-green waters, you will always find a Hammock and an umbrella to sunbathe and rest, especially in the edge of town that offers the quietest beach areas.
If you prefer action, in Playa del Carmen you will find water activities such as windsurfing, jet skis, kayaking or diving in the impressive Mayan coral reef. Great musicians of Mexican and international jazz offer concerts every year. The beauty of the beaches and the many activities that Playa del Carmen has for you will force you to come back.
Diving in Playa del Carmen
Diving in Playa del Carmen gets more popular everyday. Our diving tours always have new attractions, since we are located on the second largest coral reef in the world. The Mayan Riviera has also become a famous destination for diving in the Cenotes, hosting both caves and caverns, where divers from all over the world venture to discover the mysteries of the famous Mayan cenotes.
In order to dive in cenotes you just need to be certified, at least Open Water. It’s a unique experience that you cannot miss!
Check our exclusive & unique cenotes videos -> diving cenotes
Some species are resident and are presents the whole year and others which do their migration in the Mexican waters.
Of course, we offer the oportunity to encounter this species with us.
Playa del Carmen's dive center
The Phocea Mexico Dive Center is ideally located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, in the Yucatan peninsula, on the Riviera Maya. The Center is just in front of the Plaza hotel by Phocea, at two-minute walk from the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean and from the 5th Avenue, “la Quinta”. Playa del Carmen is 40 miles South of Cancun International Airport, and less than one hour away from most major Mayan sites and most interesting tourist attractions of the area. Besides, Playa del Carmen has a friendly ambiance, with lots of restaurants, bars, boutiques and nightlife spots. The only trouble is that you will have too many options to choose from during your stay with us!
Our 3 dives shops are AQUA LUNG‘s, Partner Center, it’s for you the best choice.
The diving boats in Playa del Carmen
We have two boats:
- The “Sin Límites”, for 16 divers, equipped with two 200 HP 4-stroke engines,
- The “No Limit”, for 10 divers, equipped with two 100 HP 4-stroke engines.
The boats are specially fitted for diving and carries the following on board :
- 1 first-aid and oxygen therapy kit,
- 1 VHF marine radio and 1 GPS,
- 1 cellphone,
- The standard dive flags,
- Drinking water supplies,
- An adapted chicken ladder.
Besides, all the members of our staff (sailors, captains and guides) are trained and certified for first aid and oxygen therapy. Moreover, the guides, the instructors and the Center are affiliated to DAN.
We booked via Phocea Mexico a whale shark tour. This French diving-shop provides real good value for money. Leave is at 05:30 hours in front of the PDC diving shop for the speedboat in Puerto Juárez (just to the north of Cancun). Our enthusiastic and...More
We had two dives at Chac Mool. 2 very good and relaxed dives. Nick was our guide and took the time. We never felt rushed and that is what we want. When there were some problems with the equipment Nick solved it very well. Thanks...More
I went with them to pass my PADI advanced OP. I will never regret it! The dives they take you to are varied and they always know the main points of interest. What a staff! They make you feel at home straight away. On top...More
We have been diving with Phocea several times in the past and found them to be very professional with great staff. Not diving these days but I thought I could cope with swimming with Whale Sharks, pick up at 05.30 to go up to Cancun...More
The dives and the crew made my day unforgettable. Diving in the cenotes is an incredible experience: the caves, the lights as well as the mix of waters make it unique. The staff (thanks Sebastien!) is truly and genuinely nice and passionate and caring. Perfect...More
We spent 2 days with the great team of Phocea in La Paz, Loic, Melanie, Cesar, Martin. Our main desire was to dive with sea lions, and it was probably one of the best dives of my life!! The interactions with those animals is just...More
I did my IDC last March in Playa del Carmen with Phocea. The course was an amazing experience both personal and educational. You have the chance not only to become a very competent diving instructor, but to learn how a professional dive center works, which...More
Had a great dive with Georges today. He is an amazing guide. Turtles, sea horse, morays, ray, porcupine. Also boat, staff and equipment were on a high standard. Had a great and memorable time. Thanks.
I had a great snorcheling trip with them to the sardine run off Cancun with sailfish. You also need luck, which we had. A very beautiful experience to see the sailfish dancing around the bait ball. You should be absolutley prone against sea sickness to...More
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Playa del Carmen's diving packages
Plaza Hotel by Phocéa
Managed by Phocea Mexico, this friendly hotel is situated just in front of the Dive Center, at 60 feet from the beach and the departure of the dive boats, and right in the center of Playa.
The rooms are comfortable; they are all equipped with air conditioning, bathroom with a hairdryer, safe-deposit box, mini-bar, flat screen cable TV, and free Internet connection.
Some rooms are equipped with a kitchenette, perfect for longer stays.
Hotel Plaza by Phocea offers 4 types of rooms :
- Master Suite Category: bedroom with 3 double beds and kitchenette, balcony over the interior patio,
- Junior Suite Category: bedroom with 2 double beds and kitchenette, balcony with sea view,
- “CHAC MOOL” Category: bedroom with 2 double beds, balcony over the street,
- “IXCHEL” Category: bedroom with 2 double beds, balcony over the interior patio.
Diving + Hotel Package
CARIBBEAN'S DIVING TOURS
During our 13 Mexican years we’ve discovered places that you need to go if you really want to discover diving and Mayan culture.
YUCATAN'S DAY TOURS
You can share a van with a driver and also a Phocéa guide who is spanish fluent.
This guide will be your interpreter and also during your tour an exelent guide in order to tell the story of the places that you are going to discover.
The autotours are based on our 13 years ok Mexican knowledge. We reserve the hotels for you and also your rental car and give you a road book in order to discover Yucatan.
Phocea Mexico is a PADI Gold Palm IDC Center, the highest level of recognition in diving, which allows us to guarantee safe trainings supervised by professionals.
PADI DIVING CLASSES
ENRICHED AIR DIVER