The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is the world's
second-largest barrier reef. It starts at the northern tip of the
Yucatan Peninsula and follows the coastline down towards Belize
and Honduras, passing Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum as it runs
past the Riviera Maya. The diving on Mexico's Caribbean coast has
something for everyone; beginners can explore the healthy shallow
reefs and hunt for seahorses, while experienced divers can enjoy
the drift diving and bull sharks at Cozumel.
Diving the Yucatan coast will keep macro photographers busy,
snapping away at cleaner shrimp, nudibranchs and decorator crabs,
while the holy grail of macro critters in the area is the
funky-looking splendid toadfish, once thought to be endemic to
Cozumel. But don't spend the whole dive staring into your camera's
screen-have a glance over your shoulder now and again, just in case
a whale shark is trying to sneak past unnoticed.
Allow us to tailor your perfect itinerary to sample these varied
delights; we can take care of all the details while you concentrate
on figuring out a way of fitting both your wide-angle dome and your
macro lenses into your luggage…
Playa del Carmen
One of Mexico's more famous resort areas, Playa del Carmen looks
out across to Cozumel Island. At Cozumel, you can drift dive with
bull sharks and hunt for macro critters like seahorses and flamingo
tongue cowries, while the local sites in Playa del Carmen house
lobsters, king crabs and seahorses.
A little to the south of Playa del Carmen is the quieter village
of Xpu Ha. From here you can still dive the Cozumel sites, and you
are in a prime location to check out the cenote diving at Cenote
Manati - one of the largest in the region. You can also take trips
to sample the diving at Tulum and explore the Tulum Ruins.
The beach at Punta Maroma has been touted as one of the most
beautiful in the world. Situated a half-hour drive to the north of
Playa del Carmen, a stay here also puts you in a prime location to
enjoy the macro diving of Mexico in the region. You can head to
Cozumel in search of splendid toadfish with your macro set-up,
while you can also, depending on the time of year, head north to
Islas Mujeres to snorkel with the visiting whale sharks.