Mexico-Playa del Carmen:
Airports: (Airport Code CUN): You will most likely arrive at Cancun international airport, which is only about 45 minutes from Playa del Carmen. Playa has a small airport that mainly has service to Playa del Carmen and some ruins, like Chichén Itzá and Palenque. There’s also an international airport in Playa del Carmen, from which it’s easy to get to Playa del Carmen. Cancún International Airport is located in Cancun, Quintana Roo, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.
Currency: The Peso is the official currency of Mexico, although the US Dollar and other major currencies are widely accepted as well.
Climate: Playa del Carmen has a semi-tropical climate. The hottest time of year is from mid-May until the end of August when temperatures can reach 34°C (110° F). September to the end of November is the rainy season with late afternoon downpours. Hurricane season officially starts in June, lasting to the end of November with the strongest winds in the autumn months. From December until the end of April the average temperature is between 22-32° C (71-89°F) with occasional cold spells that drop the temperature to a chilly 18° C (65° F). Cancun enjoys 253 sunny days per year. Average daily maximum and minimum temperatures for Cancun: January-March, 68-86°F (20-30°C); April-June, 71-89°F (22-32°C); July-September, 75-91°F (24-33°C); October-December, 68-87°F (20-31°C).
Water Temperature: One of the great things about Playa del Carmen is that the ocean temperature is warm all year long. At the end of summer and early fall the ocean temperature is at its warmest in the mid to high 80′s.
After the ocean temperature peaks in September, it gradually cools off through fall and into winter. The ocean temperature usually hits bottom in Cancun by late winter or early spring and usually gets down to around 75 degrees in late March and Early April. Then it begins to heat up again and the cycle repeats itself.
Language: Spanish is the official language of Mexico, but English is widely spoken in the tourist areas.
Signature Dive Sites:
CEREBROS: Cerebros, meaning ‘Brain’ in spanish is the Northern most reef. The coral formations at the edge of the reef create a scenic landscape to wander around. Along the middle section and at the end of the reef you will find some beautiful arches to swim through.
Minimum Depth 6m (20ft) Maximum Depth 14m (50ft) Average Visibility 20m (70ft)
LOS ARCOS: Named after its two arches. Los Arcos is a relatively deep dive. The wall sections are 5m (15 ft) in height and are covered with hard corals, sponges and fan corals.On the sandy areas divers can find turtles, groupers and stingrays. The arches shelter schools of fish, Moray eels and many Crustaceans.
Minimum Depth 21m (70 ft) Maximum Depth 30m (100 ft) Average Visibility 30m (100ft)
PARED VERDE: This famous wall is very different in formation from the classical endless ‘drop off’ reef. Pared Verde has sections of walls which are split by sloping hills of sand. The spectacular coral formations are full of small and large marine life. Watch out for spiny lobsters, King crabs, turtles, sting rays and sharks that may be swimming along the reef. After approximately 3/4 of the dive you will come a cross a cavern with a chimney which exits at the top plateau of the reef.
Minimum Depth 21m (70ft) Maximum Depth 30m (100 ft) Average Visibility 30m (100 ft)
MOC – CHE DEEP: Moc – che Deep is a sheer wall stretching from 21m (70 ft) to the sandy bottom at 30m (100 ft). A large variety of corals adorn the wall. which is inhabited by lobsters, Moray eels, King crabs and many other kinds of marine life. An easy way to find a King crab is to look inside the large barrel sponges. Throughout the year you may be joined by the Hawksbill Turtle and in the winter, this dive site is visited by Bull sharks and Eagle Rays.
Minimum Depth 20m (70 ft) Maximum Depth 30m (100 ft) Average Visability 30m (100 ft)
MOC – CHE: Moc – che is the shortest of the shallow dive sites, it has an abundance of small coral formations growing in front of the reef. With sharp eyes there is much to be found here. Near the end of the reef is a small arch packed with fish and sponges and sometimes a Green Moray Eel taking a nap.
Minimum Depth 7m (24 ft) Maximum Depth 14m (50 ft) Average visability 20m (70ft)
CHUN – ZUMBUL: Chun – Zumbul is the longest and shallowest dives in Playa Del Carmen. You will encounter sections of garden like vevegetation with coral overhangs. Stay on the fringe of the reef and you will reach one of the coral cavern areas which are the most attractive sections of this reef. Enjoy the schools of fish here while looking for hidden creatures.
Minimum Depth 6m (20 ft) Maximum Depth 12m (40 ft) Average Visability 20m (60 ft)
JARDINES: Jardines is so named for its ‘garden’ like vegetation. In addition to a variety of sponges. hard corals and fan corals, the reef is covered in sea whips and other tree like plants that give home to an abundance of marine life including the green and spotted Moray Eel. The Middle of the reef is most colorful, where you will find small overhangs. Take your time and look carefully to spot the creatures here.
Minimum Depth 6m (20 ft) Maximum Depth 12m (50 ft) Average Visability 20m (60 ft)
SABALOS: Originally named after the schools of Sabalos/ Tarpon that can still ocasionally been seen here. The reef consists of healthy hard and soft corals of all variations. There are many kinds of fish as well as Starfish on the sand. Near the end of the dive you will find a small cavern for exploration.
Minimum Depth 6m (20 ft) Maximum Depth 14m (50 ft ) Average Visability 20m (60 ft )
BARRACUDA: Barracuda is traditionally the second dive after the turtle garden. Picture this reef as a hand with five finger like outcroppings. There are many small holes to explore along the reef and with a sharp eye and some luck you may spot some Barracuda patrolling the reef. Near the end of the dive it is worth investigating the shallow cave that will take you to an exit on the top of the reef.
Minimum Depth 6m (20 ft) Maximum Depth 14m (50 ft) Average Visability 20m (60 ft)
TORTUGAS: Totugas (Spanish for Turtles) is one of Diving Playa Del Carmens most popular reefs due to the large quantity of sea turtles which frequent here. The reef is relatively flat with a gradual slope from 15m to 40m, and is covered with corals and enormous barrel sponges. While enjoying the turtles please do not touch them !!
Minimum Depth 16m (55 ft) Maximum Depth 30m (100 ft) Average Visability 30m (100 ft )
MAMA VINA: This former shrimp boat was intentionally sunk in 1995 for divers. Since then the coral growth has [proceeded rapidly. Once on the wreck descend to the sand and drift along the side of the wreck until you reach the stern where you will find the propeller. Then move up into the lower decks and explore the inside rooms. Then finally make your way onto the top deck and watch the hugh Barracuda which are hanging around the mast. This dive is only suitable for advanced divers due to the depth and the strong current that can be present.
Minimum Depth 21m (70 ft) Maximum Depth 30m (100 ft) Average Visability 30m (100 ft)