Beginner Diving in Mexico

The Yucatan Peninsula juts out from the southeast of mainland Mexico and separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea. The tip of the peninsula sits at the convergence of these two bodies of water and marks the start of the mighty Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS)—the world’s second-largest barrier reef. The MBRS starts a little north of Cancun and follows the coastline of the Riviera Maya down past Playa del Carmen and Tulum before continuing on into Belizean and Honduran waters. With Mayan pyramids and freshwater sinkholes (cenotes) to explore on land, the peninsula also boasts the best beginner diving in Mexico...

Our team of dive travel specialists loves the combination of culture, colourful corals and Caribbean beaches found on the Yucatan Peninsula, while the abundance of whale sharks in the area during the summer puts the icing on the cake. With so much to see and explore in this unique area, we can tailor your ideal itinerary for the peninsula to ensure you don't miss any of the highlights.

Playa del Carmen

A stay in or around Playa del Carmen puts you in the ideal location to explore the peninsula's cultural highlights and to experience the best beginner diving in Mexico. The local sites close to Playa are varied and include the Mama Viña Wreck, Barracuda Reef and Turtle Reef. And if you're in the area during the winter months, you can get the adrenaline pumping by diving with the bull sharks that come close to shore when the water temperature drops slightly.

Some of the best beginner diving in Mexico can be found at the dive sites of Cozumel, where you can enjoy some colourful drift dives along the Mesoamerican Reef as you keep an eye out for the splendid toadfish and passing eagle rays. South of Playa del Carmen is the town of Tulum, where green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles congregate in the summer to lay their eggs on the idyllic white-sand beaches.

On a dry day in Playa del Carmen, you are also in a great location to visit the Maya ruins, with a day trip to take in Tulum and Coba. The infamous archaeological site at Chichén Itzá is also possible as a day trip from Playa. This impressive site was once one of the largest Maya cities, and nowadays it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico.

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Emily C and Eleanor are our 'Beginner Diving in Mexico' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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