Once a collection of small fishing villages, the Mayan Riviera has evolved into one of the most dynamic tourist destinations on the western Caribbean Sea. This beautiful stretch of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula coastline that extends from the south of Cancun to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve has an expansive coral reef system as well as man-made reefs formed by sunken ships and statues in the underwater museum. With a dizzying selection of unusual marine life and colorful tropical fish, Riviera Maya adds a whole new dimension to your diving adventures. Below we have mentioned 5 reasons to choose Riviera Maya for your next scuba diving excursion.
Reason 1: Exotic Reef Diving
Riviera Maya is home to the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world – the Mesoamerican Reef. This natural marvel boasts a variety of marine flora and fauna. With warm turquoise waters and amazing visibility, Riviera Maya is perhaps the undisputed best place to admire the beauty of the Mesoamerican Reef. The best known diving places in and near Mayan Riviera are Puerto Morelos, Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, the biosphere Sian Ka'an, Xcalak, Cancun and Cozumel, where you will see turtles galore, French and Queen angels, bull, black-tip & lemon sharks, lobster, squid and manta rays.
Reason 2: Awesome Wall Diving
The coastal waters of Riviera Maya offer impressive wall diving experiences. You can dive and explore the deep walls of the Cozumel Marine Park, where you'll encounter big fish such as Bull Sharks, Sailfish & Whale Shark. The outer reef wall in Puerto Aventuras, starting at 30-40 meters, and the spectacular Santa Rosa walls in Cozumel offer thrilling wall dive adventures as the walls drop dramatically into the big blue sea floor.
Reason 3: Enthralling Deep Diving
The Mayan coastal waters and deep diving locations offer experienced scuba divers exciting diving opportunities with each diving destination. The Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Riviera Maya and Cozumel ocean reefs are all beautiful, and there are a variety of deep dives that will allow you to see the beautiful fish and amazing coral reefs beneath the water. Qualified instructors / divers will provide you with all of the necessary equipment and instructions to prepare for each amazing adventure.
Reason 4: Spectacular Cenote, Cavern & Cave Diving
Riviera Maya is home to one of the world's longest underwater cave systems. Cenotes Dos Ojos is probably the world's best known cavern dive site, which was featured in the 2002 film "Journey into Amazing Caves.” Enjoy spectacular cavern and cave diving excursions in Cenotes Dos Ojos, Garden of Eden, Chac Mool & Kukulcan, Tajma Ha, Gran Cenote, Angelita, Chac Mool and Kukulcan.
Reason 5: Thrilling Wreck Dives
There is nothing more thrilling than diving in the wreck sites of Riviera Maya and Cancun. You will enjoy the Playa Del Carmen's “Mama Viña” shrimp boat dive site which is full of marine life and intentionally sunk in 1995. In Cozumel there is a C-53 Felipe Xicotenantl Mexican Navy Minesweeper sunk in 2000, which is home to Sardines, and other reef fish. You will enjoy swimming with spotted eagle rays in the C-56 “Juan Escutia” wreck dive site of Puerto Morelos.
If you are an avid diver looking for a memorable experience or if diving is on your bucket list, the Mexican Riviera Maya is a great place to make a splash and explore the happening underwater world. Discover these marvelous & incredible dive locations mentioned above with trained dive guides during your Riviera Maya scuba diving yacht charter vacation. Let the dive adventure begin!!