Puerto Aventuras, located south of Playa del Carmen and north of Tulum, in the heart of the Riviera Maya, is one of the most diving-friendly communities in the entirety of the Yucatan.
Here, you’ll find several small operators willing to show you the wonders of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. This section of the reef lies about 5-10 minutes offshore by boat and contains lush coral gardens and deep cuts or canyons. There’s also the Mama Vina Wreck, suitable for advanced divers.
Simply put, however, there are 3 main reef systems in front of Puerto Aventuras: The shallow reef, which runs at around 25 – 33 feet deep (8 – 10 metres); The middle reef, at about 50 – 65 feet deep (15 – 20 metres); And the outer reef/wall starting around 100 – 130 feet (30 – 40 metres), then dropping off well beyond the limits of even the most advanced techie diver.
With the sites being so close, the dive operators normally only go out on single tank dives. If you want to make two dives, you can be dropped off at a restaurant between dives.
The current near Puerto Aventuras is mild, making this a great place for beginners and experts alike. And if you’re looking to gain an initial certification or learn a new skill, Puerto Aventuras is also the perfect place to do it.
In addition to ocean dives, Puerto Aventuras catamaran tours and a Chichen Itza excursion should be on your list, but the area is also a good place to explore the many freshwater caverns that dot the Yucatan jungle. Scuba diving in the cenotes is easy from Puerto Aventuras, which boasts many of these spectacular caverns, and requires no special training other than being a certified open water scuba diver and having good buoyancy control.
Puerto Aventuras diving (and Puerto Aventuras weather) is excellent year-round, and particularly appreciated because of the abundant marine life and very good visibility. However, for uncrowded dive sites and the absolute finest visibility, book your holiday between May and November.