Yucatán Peninsula Diving Holiday: An Overview

The Yucatan Peninsula in south-east Mexico separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea. On the Caribbean side, the coastline offers pure white-sand beaches, calm blue waters and wonderful diving.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • The diving in the Yucatan Peninsula is wonderful for its variety - whale sharks, bull sharks, nice reefs and the world-famous cenotes.
  • There are world-class hotels all over the place here so you just need to choose the one that suits your needs (and that's where we come in).

Our Guide to Yucatán Peninsula Diving Holidays

Playa del Carmen and Cancun offer quite a specific view of what the Yucatán Peninsula is like, but there is so much more to this part of Mexico, from the historic towns and ancient Mayan Ruins of the Riviera Maya to the blanket of jungle jam-packed with wildlife and some seriously exclusive boutique hotels throughout.

The truly outstanding feature of the diving here is the incredible variety. There is something for everyone, from the novice to the advanced diver, and if the weather gets rough, or you just want to try something different, the incredible 'Cenotes' or sink holes await.

Cenotes are inland freshwater caves where you can dive surrounded by surreal scenery of stalagmites often in water that is totally transparent - cenote diving is a unique experience.

Back in the sea, the only type of diving that is not available is genuine wall diving. What is on offer is a series of gently sloping plateaus and shallow reef ledges. These harbour a thriving ecosystem with colourful corals, both hard and soft, varied and plentiful fish life, yellow rays, sting rays, lobsters and all the usual suspects that go to make up a healthy reef. Some sites offer giant sponges and large Green and Hawksbill turtles.

At Puerto Aventuras, you have the chance to snorkel with dolphins, sting rays and manatees. In short, whatever your particular thrill is underwater, this coastline delivers. From June to September you are virtually guaranteed to be able to snorkel with whale sharks too which is reason enough alone to come here.

Beyond the attractions of the hotels and diving there are the fabulous Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza, plus activities such as horse riding through the jungle, deep-sea fishing, sailing and even sky-diving. With the recent opening of the superb new spa, the resort really lacks for nothing.

Top picks for Yucatan Peninsula

The pool at Viceroy Riviera Maya, luxury hotel in Mexico

Viceroy Riviera Maya

Yucatan Peninsula

The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a luxury beachside resort located just outside Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

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Yucatan Peninsula

Once the retreat of an eccentric Italian Duchess, Hotel Esencia is a chic beachside hotel on Mexico’s Yucatán coast, and still retains that feeling of a private home.

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Aerial View of the Beach

Maroma Resort and Spa

Yucatan Peninsula

Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa is a tranquil beachside resort located in the middle of a nature reserve on the Yucatán peninsula.

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