Yes! You may do a Discover Scuba Dive aka Resort Course that includes a short training and a dive in the ocean: https://aquaexcursions.com.mx/dive-courses/discover-scuba-dive-resort-course/. This option can also be done in Cozumel.
Local dives are done right in front of the hotel. The hotels our boat leaves straight from the beach are Viva Maya/Azteca, Grand Palladium/UNICO and Grand Sirenis. We do not pick up divers from other hotels for local dives so local dives can only be done at the mentioned hotels.
- In the Playa del Carmen area:
Moc-che, Jardines, Sabalos, Tortugas, Barracuda, Chun-Zumbul and Mama Viña
- In the Akumal area:
Palmeras, Ruina Maya, Acuario, Tankenah, Cañones, Umbrella, Barracuda, Xcatic, Dorado and Cruces.
For beginner divers to 45ft (12-15 mts) and for advanced divers to 90ft (30 mts).
Our boats have a maximum capacity of 16 people, but we rarely go out with that many divers. Each Divemaster according to PADI regulations may take up to 8 divers but we segregate our groups according to their certification level and experience.
No, you may organize your dives as you wish according to your vacation time. Our staff can sign you up once you are at the hotel, to the dive slot you wish to do but please do so with at least one or two days in advance.
We DO NOT do shore diving; all our dives are boat dives and we do not rent equipment for shore diving.
Unfortunately, due to hotel regulations at our locations, we are unable to do Night Dives.
No, double tank just means you are buying two tanks and you may choose the day and the schedule that better suits you to use them.
Unfortunately, not at this moment. All our dives are done with regular air. We do offer nitrox on our Cozumel dive trip, and you may add it to your shopping cart during the booking process.
We have DIN and INT adaptors if you wish to bring your own regulators.
Big coral mounts and valleys with many different species of colorful hard and soft coral, sponges, tunicates, shoals of different kind of fish, nudibranchs, sea worms, crabs, lobsters, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, green turtles, eels, nurse sharks… If you are lucky you may get to see dolphins or reef sharks. Also, although it is rare, we have encountered hammerhead sharks, whales harks or even manatees.
Bottom time length depends on the general air consumption of the group. We try to segregate divers according to their experience but in average they last from 45 – 55 minutes.
Playa del Carmen (north) hotels: 8:30 am deep dive, 10 am and 2:30 pm shallow dives.
Akumal (south) hotels: 8:30 am deep dive, 10 am and 1 pm shallow dives.
*The 10 am dive is only done on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
We do single tank dives each time since the reef is a short 10 min ride from the hotels.
If you purchase local dives, tanks with regular air are included (depending on the number of purchased dives), a guide (dive master or instructor level certified), weights and weight belts and the boat ride. You may add equipment during the booking process if needed.
Full equipment rental includes BCD, full 3mm wetsuit, regulator, fins, mask, weight belt and weights.
We have all sizes from XXS to XXXL.
No, dive computers are a personal piece of equipment, and each diver should configure it according to his liking, you have to bring your own dive computer or guide yourself analogically with the help of the provided manometer.
No, prescription masks made specifically to match the wearer’s defects of vision therefore they must be brought by the diver.
If you have some kind of musculoskeletal weakness or need any assistance due to your age, sure! Our staff will be very happy to assist you carrying your equipment to and from the boat. If you are in perfect physical condition, however, and although we are always happy to help, please don’t expect our staff to carry all your equipment all the time.
Yes! We have secure storerooms at our Grand Palladium, Grand Sirenis and Viva Maya dive centers.
If you are staying at Viva Azteca, you may leave the equipment at our dive center in Viva Maya although you will have to carry it to our dive center upon arrival and back to your room when you are done diving with us. The distance between both hotels is a 700 mts walk on the beach.
Sure! Even though we are a PADI 5-star instructor development dive company, we are happy to take you diving as long as you present your dive card and you are active diving.
If you have not dived in more than a year, it is compulsory that you do a ReActivate program to brush up your knowledge and skills. This is for your own safety and the safety of the other divers you will be diving with. It is also a requirement from our insurance policy provider. You may purchase a ReActivate program here: https://aquaexcursions.com.mx/dive-courses/discover-scuba-dive-resort-course/
Our staff will check your log book for the last logged dive upon your arrival.
Most hotels have kids clubs free of charge and they will look after your kids while you are diving. They typically open around 9 am but please contact the hotel staff or your concierge to make sure you are able to leave your kids at the kids club. Some hotels also offer a ‘nanny’ service for an extra charge, but they will look after your kids as long as one of the parents are at the property (so, both parents can’t go diving together unless they assign a guardian from their immediate family such as grandparents, etc).
No, we do not have a joint excursion for snorkelers and divers on local dives. The only dive excursion where snorkelers may join divers and be on the same boat is our Cozumel trip: https://aquaexcursions.com.mx/snorkeling/snorkel-in-cozumel/ Snorkelers have an exclusive guide on this trip.
Unfortunately, no. Diving is a medium risk sport and for insurance reasons we cannot take divers with certain specific medical conditions.
No. But we certainly hope that the new member of the family gets introduced to the amazing world of scuba when he/she turns 10!
We are unable to do private dives unless the price of at least 80% of the full capacity of the boat is paid. We have quite a complex operation due to the various tours and activities we offer, so destining resources for a private group means making very difficult changes to our operation. We appreciate your understanding.
The only packages that include diving in Cozumel and the Cenotes are:
Mexican Explorer Package (2 local dives + 2 Cozumel dives + 2 Cenote dives)
Mexican Greatest Package (6 local dives + 2 Cozumel dives + 2 Cenote dives)
Salt & Fresh Package (2 Cozumel dives + 2 Cenote dives)
If you bought another package other than the ones mentioned above, you will only be diving at the local reef, not in Cozumel nor Cenotes.
Even though we are the only dive operation in the area with a USD$2,000.000 insurance policy, scuba diving is an activity done under your own responsibility. We do recommend you have DAN insurance: https://dan.org/membership-insurance/