Jardines

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.

Wildlife encounters include spotted eagle rays, nurse sharks, turtles, stingrays, moray eels, tons of reef fish, and beautiful coral and sponges.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 16 m
Current

Current

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

DIVE TYPES

  • Night Dive
  • Drift Dive
  • Snorkeling
  • Macro Spot

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Dive sites nearby

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

A deep dive of an average of 26m, with three different plateaus of reefs that are separated by intervals of sand banks in the form of dunes. Strong current.

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Moc Che Deep

This is a deep dive between 26m - 28m. Strong current. The diving here is long and with many coral formations. The dive is only for certified divers. A full neoprene wetsuit is recommended for this dive to avoid scratches when exploring the bottom.

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A place with a lot of current, suitable only for, advanced or experienced divers. For this dive site it is ideal to have the NITROX certification to make the most of it, even if one or two dives are required to visit all the corners of this place.

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The coral formations of this site are certainly true to its name (Cerrebros, meaning brains in Spanish). Brains and mountain-style corals decorate your entire dive, and with a quantity and variety of marine ife that you will always want to repeat diving here!

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Tortugas Reef

Tortugas is a relatively flat reef with a gradual slope from 15m to 40m (50ft to 130ft) and is covered with corals. The dive site has a medium strong to very strong current normally flowing from south to north, this is an Advanced Dive Site.

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Recommended Training

Open Water Diver

Begin your lifelong adventure as a certified diver with the globally recognized SSI Open Water Diver certification.

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Boat Diving

Discover pristine dive sites that cannot be reached from shore and experience the excitement of liveaboard diving. Learn all you need to dive from boats with the SSI Boat Diving Specialty. Start today!

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Stress & Rescue

Learn to identify stress, prevent accidents, and learn rescue diver skills with this essential Diver Stress and Rescue Specialty program. Help yourself and other divers to stay safe. Get started now!

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Enriched Air Nitrox Level 2 (40%)

Extend your dive time, shorten your surface intervals and spend more time exploring the dive sites you love, with the SSI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty certification program.

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Night Diving and Limited Visibility

Diving does not end when the sun goes down! Become a night diver and meet the incredible marine life that only comes out at night. Join the SSI Night Diving and Limited Visibility specialty program.

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