Dive Playa del Carmen
“La Raya” is one of the best boats in Playa del Carmen. At 33’/11m she seats 13 divers comfortably. At Diversity Diving, we limit our capacity to 5 divers per instructor since more is not always better. We are opposed to the “cattle boat” idea of diving; where guests are herded on and off and treated as a number and not a friend.
We offer 2 tank trips leaving in the morning and the afternoon. La Raya departs daily at 8:45 am and 12:45 pm allowing for that perfect experience without the rush.
Playa del Carmen
The diving off Playa del Carmen offers great diversity with Coral Reef’s, amazing fish life and awesome Critter potential too.
Visibilty is typically 25m+ depending on the season and can reach an unbelievable 40m+. The water temperature is on average 27° or greater in the summer making this true tropical diving.
Being situated in the Cozumel channel, many of Playa’s dive sites experience mild currents which makes relaxing drift diving the norm. Our guides and Instructors all carry SMB ‘s so the boat Captain can see exactly where we are, all the time and the result is you get to see twice as much of the site as you would on a standard turn around dive.
What You See
The biodiversity of the Caribbean is legendary and any dive here can offer variety on a big scale.
We are lucky to call Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Turtles our neighbours and it is not unusual to see them lazily munching on a sponge or coral, or gliding along the reef’s edge in search of new feeding grounds. These turtles are often territorial and seeing them more than once on your dive trips is a real possibility.
Another great feature of the Reef diving in Playa is numbers of schooling fish we see on almost every dive. Grunts and Snappers can often be seen sheltering under overhangs and swin through’s. They can also be seen off the Reef’s edge in massive numbers which makes for a truly awesome memory or photo as you swim through through them and they part like a living shimmering curtain of sliver and gold.
The Reef’s edge is also home to other larger Pelagic species such as Marlin and Salifish so be sure to keep one eye out in the blue. With a little luck and timing you might also see some of Playa’s more famous residents, the Bull Shark’s who come into the Reef’s certain times of the year, normally from November to March.
The bull shark is quite a large shark that can thrive in both freshwater and saltwater bodies of water. The species is mainly found along coasts and within rivers all over the world, so it is no wonder that bull sharks choose the waters off the city of Playa del Carmen on the eastern coast of Mexico as their breeding grounds. Female Bull Sharks come to the area to give birth each year and can be seen patrolling the sand flats off the reef in search of food and a safe place to make little Shark’s.
The sand flats located off most Playa dive sites are great places to see Rays, including Southern Stingrays, Spotted Eagle Rays and Yellow Sting Rays.
The sand offers these birds of the deep the perfect feeding grounds where Mollusks and crustaceans hide beneath the sand in hopes of evading the amazing electronic perception of the these close relatives of the Sharks.
Ambush predaters such as the Scorpion fish, Peacock Flounder and Lizard Fish all inhabit Playa’s Reef’s and if you pay close attention they can be seen, barely, waiting patiently for their next unsuspecting meal to swim a little too close to them.
Spiny Lobsters, King, Hermit and Arrow Crab’s can all be seen seeking the protection of the Reef’s darker and more secluded places. Even the fearsome Mantis Shrimp, or as it is known locally the Thumb Splitter can be seen doing its rounds exploring every crack and crevice in search of its prey.
Moral Eel’s are frequent sightings along the Reef’s of Playa with large Green and Spotted Moray’s seen under overhangs and in cracks in the Reef itself. Smaller but very colorful, the Golden Tail and Chain Moray’s can be seen among rubble on the sea floor and inhabiting coral heads and gardens.
At night they can be seen free swimming and on the hunt as like many of the Reef’s inhabitant’s they are nocturnal hunters looking for a tasty Lobster, Crab or mollusk. Moray’s have even been known to attack and eat the invasive Lion Fish.