Have you ever wondered where is Riviera Maya located? The 100-mile long tourist corridor known as the Riviera Maya extends 24 miles from Punta Brava, south of Puerto Morelos to the fishing village of Punta Allen inside the Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an. The further south one travels, the land becomes less developed and more ancestral.
Today, the Riviera Maya offers wonderful beaches, turquoise waters and fine white sand, with unique opportunities that include swimming with whale sharks and snorkeling with turtles, as well as a slew of archeological sites, picturesque little towns, recreation centers, freshwater lagoons, underwater caves, cenotes, and food and lodging options ranging from rustic cabins to gleaming condos, five-star hotels, and all-inclusive accommodation.
But this stretch of cosmopolitan land also provides divers with a world of underwater options. Boasting the second largest reef in the world along its coastline, this place is undoubtedly an underwater paradise. Offering caves, sinkholes (cenotes) and a vast network of underground rivers to explore.
Whether you are an advanced scuba diver or want to try scuba diving for the first time, you are in the right place to make the plunge! Diving in the Riviera Maya is an experience you will never forget.
Playa del Carmen is renowned for its calm seas and some of the most innovative Riviera Maya snorkeling tours on offer today, as the Island of Cozumel protects the dive sites from oncoming weather. Here, you can enjoy the Turtle dive, the Mama Vina wreck, great beginner dive sites for newbies, and lots of fish!
Puerto Morelos, on the other hand, includes a wreck, untouched coral, and lots of sea life. While Akumal, Tulum, and all the little towns in between each provide their own immersive diving experiences. Cozumel is all about large coral walls, deep diving and great colors. However, Cancun takes the cake, as the Underwater sculpture gardens – which makes for some of the best diving in Mexico – provides unparalleled visibility, making for a simply unforgettable experience.