Diving in the Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen

The Rivera Maya: Boasting the world’s second largest barrier reef on the planet, The Nice Maya Reef, second solely to Australia’s Nice Barrier Reef, makes the Rivera Maya a world vast vacation spot for divers, and underwater adventurers. The Nice Maya Reef stretches from Cabo Catoche, about 53 kilometers (33 miles) north of Cancun, to the Bay Islands of Honduras, 455 kilometers (285 miles) south of Cenotes Playa del Carmen, and gives a myriad of dive sights, ranging in depth and issue.

This marvelous coral reef, often known as the Mesoamerican reef, which skirts the coasts of Belize, Guatemala on right down to Honduras is residence to a number of forms of wonderful corals, magnificent sea turtles and over 500 species of fish and different sea life. The a part of the reef that stretches alongside the Mexican shoreline is 300 kilometers (186 miles) lengthy, and, in lots of components, the reef is extraordinarily deep with some marked dive websites reaching extra then 30 meters or simply below 100 ft. There are even deeper sights that may be explored, however these websites require extra coaching and expertise.

There are greater than 70 named dive websites between Punta Maroma and Tulum proper alongside the Rivera Maya. The vast majority of the marked dive websites situated on the Rivera Maya are solely a brief boat journey away from such resort areas as Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal and Tulum. A few of the extra fashionable dive spots are Cerebros, Los Arcos, Pared Verde (Inexperienced Wall), Moc Che Deep, Moc Che, Chum Zumbal, Jardines, Sabatos, Tortugas, Barracuda, and Mama Vina.

Not solely are there wonderful coral, plant, and fish life within the heat waters of the Caribbean, however the underground caves and river system brings a complete different factor to diving and exploration. With over 200 miles of underground caves and rivers the Riviera Maya has develop into a prime vacation spot, not just for open water ocean dives, however for cavern and cave diving as properly. There aren’t any rivers, or recent water sources, that run above floor within the Riviera Maya so the cenotes, or sink holes, have been the one means the Mayans bought their recent water. Due to this they have been thought-about sacred to the traditional Maya, and nonetheless play a major position in trendy life and celebrations.

Divers and explorers can now enter this underwater world by the cenotes, which will be situated proper on the shores of the Caribbean, or deeper into the jungle flora. The Rivera Maya has extra then 75 identified cave techniques which have been mapped and surveyed they usually cowl roughly 611 kilometers/ 380 miles. Even with that spectacular quantity it’s estimated that there’s as a lot as 50% or extra that has but to be explored and documented. Found just a bit over twenty years in the past, the underground river system has little or no present, temperate waters (25 levels Celsius/ 78 levels Fahrenheit), and the water is so clear that visibility is just about limitless. Add this to the truth that all you want is an open water certification to expertise the exhilaration of cave diving, and it has develop into a significant attraction to the Rivera Maya for divers from all components of the globe.