riviera maya
playa del carmen, cozumel, tulum
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Ocean diving with Dragon Divers

Dragon Divers made a selection of best diving sites in Riviera Maya. Dives you will enjoy and remember. Our packages are formulated to present the most recognizable and characteristic marine life, both flora and fauna of Mexican Caribbean coast. 

Pick-up / Drop-off, 100% natural juice, fresh water, refreshments, super tasty tortas, snacks and fruits are included in our price.

Also included:

  • Experienced Dragon Instructor to guide your dives
  • Tanks, weights and lights (Eanx on demand)
  • Free photos: dragon guides are filming with a GoPro camera so do not forget your SD Card to pick up a copy of your dives

not included:

  • Full equipment: 15 usd / day
  • Ferry boat to Cozumel: 20 usd / round trip
  • VIP mode: one on one guiding - give us a call

*Dragons’ bonus: If you have your own equipment we will take care of it during your holidays.

  •  Package
  • Location
  • If you:
  • Difficulty level:
  • Requirements:
  • You will see:
  • What to expect:
  • Duration:
  • playa
    $90/
    1 days / 2 dives
  • Location
    Playa del Carmen
  • If you:
    Want to explore Playa's underworld
  • Difficulty level:
    Easy to hard
  • Requirements:
    OWD and above
  • You will see:
    A lot of amazing stuff
  • What to expect:
    Relaxing dives, ideal for a holiday start
  • Duration:
    8am - 1.30pm
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  • south mix
    $190/
    2 days / 4 dives
  • Location
    Playa & Tulum
  • If you:
    Feel like an explorer 
  • Difficulty level:
    Easy to hard
  • Requirements:
    OWD and above
  • You will see:
    2nd largest barrier reef in the world
  • What to expect:
    Unforgettable scenery of Tulum ruins and the sea below
  • Duration:
    8am - 3pm
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  • playa & cozumel
    $200/
    2 days / 4 dives
  • Location
    Playa & Cozumel
  • If you:
    Look for an adventure
  • Difficulty level:
    Easy to hard
  • Requirements:
    OWD and above
  • You will see:
    Stunning beauties of the Caribbean
  • What to expect:
    Dives you'll remember and be proud of
  • Duration:
    8am - 5pm
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*Difficulty level: depends on your diving skills and experience

*Dragons’ super tip: these packages are just a part of our offer. You can also check  cenote dives and the full offer of all packages and courses.  Dragons’ packages are created to give you a full insight of ocean and cenote diving of Mayan riviera.

Learn more about Playa, Cozumel & Tulum dive sites

Characteristics, marine life, currents, depth… All the important stuff about each dive site

Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen shares the second largest coral reef system in the whole world that extends along the coasts of four countries and includes a several offshore island. The reef is home to more than 65 species of stony corals, 350 species of mollusks and more than 500 species of fishes.

The reef is also home to numerous endangered and protected species, including the sea turtles (Green turtle, Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Leatherback turtle and the Hawksbill turtle), the Queen Conch, the West Indian Manatee, the Splendid toadfish, the Nassau grouper, Elkhorn coral, and black coral.

Local reefs offer a wide variety of dive sites suitable for all divers, whether experts or beginners.

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dive sites of playa

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Depth: Min: 6m/20ft, Max: 13m/45ft
Average Visibility: 20m/70ft
Description: Cerebros, meaning brains in Spanish is a reef located on North side just before Maroma. Because of its distance by boat, it is the least dived from the Dive centers of Playa del Carmen. The Coral formations at the edge of the reef create nice little canyons and scenic landscape to wander around. This dive site is a home place for many crustaceans, such as lobsters, King crabs and shrimps. You can also find giant moray eels, scorpion fish and a large variety of Reef fishes.

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Depth: Min: 21m/70ft Max: 30m/100ft
Average Visibility: 30m/100ft
Description: Los Arcos get its name because of its two Arches located after half of the dive and at the end of the dive site. Due to its depth and the current which can sometimes be strong, this dive site is reserved for advanced divers. But it’s a great place to observe turtles, stingrays, groupers and the crustaceans hidden on the reef.

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Depth: Min: 21m/70ft Max: 30m/100ft
Average Visibility: 30m/100ft
Description: Pared Verde from the Spanish is Green Wall. This small Wall is split in some parts by sloping hills of sand. In this place, you will be able to see spectacular coral formations and a great small and larger marine life such as stingrays, turtles and sharks! At about ¾ of your dive you will find a small cavern with a chimney offering you a dive through up to the top of the plateau.

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Depth: Min : 7m/24ft  Max : 14m/50ft
Average Visibility: 18m/60ft
Description: This dive site is short and shallow but has an abundance of small coral formations growing in front of the main reef. With sharp eyes, there is much to see around like lobsters, Spanish lobsters, crabs, and of course, a large variety of reef fishes will be on your way. At the end of the dive you will find a nice little Arch which will allow you to pass through, but look carefully maybe will you meet with a giant moray eel taking a nap under it.

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Depth: Min: 20m/70ft Max: 30m/100ft
Average Visibility: 20m/70ft
Description: Moc-che Deep is a Wall Drift Dive. The current is almost all the time present there…but who will complain?! The current will offer you a travel along this nice wall where you will see a large variety of corals and sponges. And if your eye is trained enough you will be able to observe lobsters, Moray eels and King Crabs. It’s also a place where you can meet the Eagle Ray, the Hawksbill Turtle and in Winter you can even meet the famous BullShark

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Depth: Min:6m/20ft Max: 13m/45ft
Average Visibility: 18m/60ft
Description: One of the shallowest and longest dive site of the area. The kind of dive site to dive with at least a bit of current. You will cross sections of garden life vegetation with Coral overhangs. On the last finger of the reef at the end of the dive you will arrive in one of the Coral Cavern area, which is the most attractive section of this dive site.
You can see: Flounders, Lemon Rays, Moray eels, shells and arrow crabs.

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Depth: Min: 6m/20ft    Max: 13m/45ft
Average Visibility: 20m/70ft
Description: Jardines, meaning Gardens in Spanish is named like that for its garden-like vegetation. It’s a great place for beginners because of its large a nice sandy bottom. On the reef side you see a variety of Fan Corals, different types of hard corals, Sponges which offers a home to a large variety of marine life.
You will see: Two kinds of moray eels: the giant green one and the spotted one hiding under the overhangs or in the coral reef.

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Depth: Min: 6m/20ft    Max: 14m/50ft
Average Visibility: 20m/70ft
Description: Taking its name from the large schools of Sabalos/Tarpons fishes that could be seen there in the past. Tarpons are still in the place and you can still see them but in smaller groups. This dive site still offers healthy hard and soft corals of all kind and a big variety of reef fishes and shools of snappers. At the end of the dive you will find a small and nice cave to explore. This Dive site is known for its frequent strong current.

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Depth: Min:16m/55ft    Max: 30m/100ft
Average Visibility: 20m/70ft
Description: Tortugas or “The Turtle Garden” gets its name due to  large amount of turtles which are passing by. This reef is actually a gradual slope from 15m to 40m (50ft to 130ft) covered with algae corals and huge sponges where you can find time to times some King crabs. On this dive the current always flows South to North and can be quite strong times to times.

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Depth: Min: 6m/20ft    Max: 14m/50ft
Average Visibility: 20m/70ft
Description: Located in the surroundings of Tortuga, this Dive site is usually dived as second dive after Tortuga because of its depth. Barracuda offers many small holes to explore all along the reef, large schools of French grunt and sometimes if you’re lucky, some great barracudas patrolling over the reef. If there is enough current and if your air and time allows it to you, continue with the current and end your dive in Sabalos.

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Depth: Min:18m/60ft    Max: 30m/90ft
Average Visibility: 21m/70ft
Description: There is nothing like the thrill of diving a Wreck so if you’re around Playa del Carmen and like the Wrecks, you can’t miss Mama Viña. This Boat is a former Shrimp Boat which was artificially sunk in 1995 for the fun of divers. It’s now plenty of jacks, spotted and green moray eels, turtles, stingrays and a large resident barracuda hanging around the wreck. If you are trained to, explore the inside rooms. On your right-hand side there is an air pocket where you can ascend (NEVER REMOVE YOUR REG).

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cozumel
Cozumel is an island off the Eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It is approximately 48 km (30 miles) long and 16 km (10 miles) wide. It is 20 km (12 miles) from the mainland. You can reach by taking a short ferry ride from Playa del Carmen.

Known as a divers’ paradise, Cozumel offers warm crystal clear water, spectacular walls and coral formations, colorful sponges and an incredibly diverse marine life.

It’s no wonder that Cozumel is consistently rated as one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations. With Dragon divers you can experience Cozumel diving at its best. No matter if you are a “fresh” diver or have an advanced diving knwoledge, Cozumel will remind you why you fell in scuba diving in the first place.

dive sites of cozumel

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Depth:  35 – 40 feet
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Description: Cozumel’s most memorable reefs. Large caverns and underwater highways. Palancar Horseshoe packed with series of giant coral heads, a wall dive, the slopes of snowy white sand slide off into the deep blue resembling a ski slope. Palancar Caves with abundant marine life Palancar Bricks,  is just the beginning of an almost three-mile stretch of caves, canyons, overhangs and gardens. Coral ravines, narrow crevices.
You will see : Turtles, snappers, angelfish, bermuda chub, rays, jacks and triggerfish.

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Depth: 50 – thousands of feet
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Description: The wall drops off to infinity. This amazing reef is filled with huge coral mounds. Currents sometimes run strong here.
You will see: Parrotfish, massive richly colored sponges, giant sea fans, bright orange tube sponges, and gorgons.

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Depth: 40 –  60 feet
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Description: Currents are generally moderate to strong, spectacular caverns and tunnels.
It is one of those dives you will forget any time soon. Great choice for a second dive.
You will see: Lots of grunts, snappers, porkfish and probably we’ll also find lobster, scorpionfish, crabs, green moray eels.

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Depth: 30 feet
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Description: Impressive drop-off with huge coral pinnacles, most over 90 feet, marked with caves, tunnels and caverns. Shallow site ideal for photographers.
You will see: A colorful array of massive coral pillars, caves and tunnels, home to colorful fish, sponges, blue tang, eagle rays, turtles and large barracuda.

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Depth:  12 m /40 ft to to  21 m / 69 ft
Average Visibility: More than 20 m / 66 ft
Description: Rich variety of fish and more than a thousand coral formations. Currents can sometimes be swift. This is a great second dive, especially if you’re taking pictures or video.
You will see: Large numbers of squirrel fish, angel and butterfly fish always swimming in pairs. Groupers, moray eels, barracudas, spotted filefish, coral pinnacles covered with sea fans, gorgonias and sea whips, coral & sponge snappers, grunts and margates

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Depth: 40 – 120 feet
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Description: The shallowest wall dive in Cozumel, vertical wall, tunnels with a sandy platform, currents are generally strong, but excellent visibility is great for amazing photographies.
You can see: Spectacular coral and brightly colored sponges, the fish variety is fantastic, known to be popular for sighting of sharks.

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Depth: 30 – 60 feet
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Description: Currents can be swift, you can relax and enjoy the ride, one of the best locations for underwater photography a great reef for the second dive.
You will see: Teeming with marine life, famous for its moray eels, angel fish, groupers, snapper, grunts, margate, corals, bright colored sponges, seafans and friendly fishes.

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Depth: Beyond  30 m /100 ft
Average Visibility: 30m/100ft and over
Difficulty level: Advanced to expert
Description: This very deep reef and steeply inclined wall are subject to unpredictable currents. When descending through open water to reach the descending terraces you must move swiftly and keep close in to the reef or you may be swept away from your planned position on the reef. Wide-angle photography is best, as you keep moving along the reef, the depth is great, and you do not have time to study the reef and its inhabitants. However, you can marvel at the complexity of the old coral limestone structures, caverns, caves and swim-through. Only the most experienced divers should attempt this site. Although this reef is best seen at depths exceeding recreational limits and engaging in deco procedures, a no- decompression dive with very limited time at depth is possible, groups will be kept together by the dive master and a mid-water decompression safety stop is obligatory on the way to the surface.
You can see: Gray and black tipped reef sharks, large groupers, barracudas and jacks

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Depth: 18 – 30 feet
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Difficulty level: Advanced to expert
Description: Off the south point of the island is one of the world’s most spectacular dive sites, little cathedral and cathedral. This advanced dive begins at depths of 90’ and drops to the abyss. Much of your time can be spent inside the reef, exploring the many caves, caverns and overhangs that make up this magnificent site.
You can see: Eagle rays and turtles. Home of the widely acclaimed Devil´s throat.

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Depth: 69 ft/ 21 m to 30m / 100ft and more
Average Visibility:  30m / 100ft and over
Difficulty level: Advanced to expert
Description: Before diving this site, prior arrangements must be made through the harbor master. There are severe currents in this area, so the number of divers per boat is limited to six and all must be experienced open-water drift divers. This is a flat strip reef sand around, sloping into the depths.  Diving here can be exhilarating, but hard work.
You can see: The attraction is the above-average chance to see a large pelagic, such as barracuda, jacks, rays and sharks. The great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) is the most common species sighted.

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Depth: Min: 6m/20ft    Max: 30m/100ft and more
Average Visibility: Reduced in caves, but usually more than 30 m /100 ft
Description: Well known deep dive in Cozumel. Although this is classified as a deep dive, the shallowest part of the reef comes to within 20 ft/ 6 m of the surface. The reef slopes outward to the reef edge and deeply convoluted lip. Here, the corals seem to take on a life of their own as they form spires and buttresses, caves, gullies and canyons. Deep fissures run under the corals and sand slopes plummet into the depths. Large sheet corals jut out from the reef, creating interesting overhangs which squirrel fish and bigeye seek during the day. There are countless caves and canyons along this stretch of reef and you will never be able to see all of them even after several dives.
You will see: Schooling fish, such as grunts and snapper, constantly appear, and if you take your time as you exit the caves on the outer edge of the reef, you may glimpse a green turtle or a spotted eagle ray cruising past the wall.

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Depth: 10m / 33ft to 30m /100ft and more
Visibility: More than  20 m / 66 ft
Description: This site is favored by a number of diving operations and it gets particularly busy along the outer reefs. Large coral buttresses jut out and form a convoluted, scalloped outer reef edge with numerous gullies and swim-through. Like most of the outer reefs, Yucab Wall does not have many fish, but the fish that inhabit the site are large – such as black grouper. This is a particularly nice dive and its popularity is well deserved. Current is to be expected, but the numerous large overhangs and tunnels across the reef offer plenty of protection for divers wanting to explore its recesses.

tulum
Tulum is located on the eastern coast of Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and  offers the opportunity to go scuba diving in some of the most fascinating places on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

Come with us and explore the beautiful local coral reefs and a vast array of local wildlife, including sharks, crocodiles, dolphins, manatees and turtles.

Most dive sites have a shore dives well suited to beginner divers and learners, but the majority of dive sites are reached within 15 min by boat. Here you will find healthy soft and hard corals with rich marine life. All sites are located along the world’s second largest coral reef barrier, which stretches from Mexico down to Honduras. 

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dive sites of tulum

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Description: The pinnacle formations of this shallow dive site are full of different species of coral and fish. This nice, easy, relaxing dive is ideal as a “returning” dive after a longer pause. It is only a short boat ride from the beach and is a good pairing with ballena as a two-tank dive.

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Depth: 12m / 40 feet 
Description: This dive site is unique; the coral formations resemble points like the fingers on your hand. As you swim in one valley and out the other, you will see a plethora of different coral and all the fish that live within the reef. The clear, warm Caribbean waters will take your breath away. This spectacular dive site is only a short boat ride away from the beach.
Difficulty: Easy

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Depth: 14m / 40 feet
Description: Coquitos overlooks the Tulum Ruins. It is very near to La Piscina usually they are paired together as a two-tank dive. They are also very similar there is lots of beautiful coral, and plenty of marine life.
Difficulty: Easy

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Depth: 14m / 46 feet
Description: La Piscina or “The Pool” is an absolutely beautiful section of the reef. Which overlooks the Tulum Ruins. It is a nice shallow dive, with a lot of lights. There are plenty of marine creatures to see, and lots of corals to amaze.
Difficulty:  Easy

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Description: Tank ha has a beautiful selection of different Caribbean corals. There are many different species of fish and you will feel like diving in an aquarium. This is a truly amazing dive.

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Depth: 30m / 99 feet
Difficulty level: Advanced
Description: Tank ha deep is a very special and breathtaking dive site. Descending starts into the deep blue. Descending deeper and deeper into the blue wondering when you will get a glimpse of the reef. Then suddenly there it is. In all its beauty, full of different fish. Memory of this dive will last for a long time.

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