Barracuda

A shallow reef with a strong current and many different coral formations. Like most of the reefs in Playa, it is a long wall, for which you need to be careful with descending, have good buoyance and be comfortable in the water to be able to dive calmly.

Due to the strong currents carrying many nutrients, on this reef you will find a great variety of fish and aquatic organisms, turtles, sponges, corals, moray eels and rays.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 21 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Drift Dive
  • Snorkeling
  • Macro Spot

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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Dive sites nearby

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This is a wreck of a ferry-style sunken ship Mama Viña. The wreck itself is not very big and at a depth of 28m; giving us the perfect bottom time for a complete tour.

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A great site for beginning divers and snorkelers as this reef is shallow, clear, and has little to no current. One of the most beautiful dives in Playa del Carmen, Jardines reef offers many small caves and shelters for schools of fish to hide. Lots of reef life here to see.

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Shangri La

Shangri-La dive site is only a short 5-minute boat ride from central Playa del Carmen. The site is easy to navigate as the reef runs parallel to the shore and you can dive it north to south or vice versa depending on what the current is doing that day.

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From the coast of Playa del Carmen, this site is a 5-minute boat ride. This site offers the beautiful experience of having a safe encounter with the amazing pregnant bull sharks.

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Chun Zumbul

This is a shallow reef with a great variety of marine life that is easy to dive. Excellent for beginners and experts, this site is fairly close to the coast, making it a short boat trip; ideal for those who get seasick on longer boat rides.

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Playa del Carmen

Turtles site nearby Playa del Carmen, Biosphere protected animal sea area. Plenty of doris, emperors, clownfish, lobster, coral reef, seabass, pufferfish.

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Pargo Cave

A perfect coral reef for beginners, students of underwater photography and great place for the second shallower dive after a deep one. It has a sculpture, the “Virgen del Carmen“ of a conch shell, more than 2m high underwater to take a keepsake photo of the memory of diving in Playa Del Carmen.

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Chun Zumbul Deep

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Moc Che Deep

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