WATER SPORTS IN THE RIVIERA MAYA

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Water Sports in the RIVIERA MAYA

The perfect climate and best weather for Water Sports can be found in the Riviera Maya! Enjoying a day under the bright sun, might be something you find hard to stop doing on your relaxed vacations, just the idea of leaving the comfort of the white sand beaches, but when you do you’re rewarded with clear waters for great visibility and year-round warm water, you won’t resist the idea of practicing great water sports. We offer a great variety of water activities for you to choose from, sports like jet skiing and wave runners, parasailing, snorkeling tours, scuba diving trips, swimming with dolphins and deep sea fishing trips that will get you out on the water and let you be active!

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Water Sports in the Riviera Maya
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Diving in the RIVIERA MAYA

THE UNDERWATER WORLD IN THE RIVIERA MAYA

The Riviera Maya provides divers with a world of underwater options. With the second largest reef in the world along its coastline, is a one-of-a-kind experience. There are facilities, instructors and equipment rentals at Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Paamul, Puerto Aventuras, Xpu-Há, Kantenah, Chemuyil, Xcacel and Akumal, known as a diver’s paradise.

Reef diving in the Riviera Maya
Reef Diving in the Rivera Maya
Reef Diving in the Rivera Maya

Cerebros (Brains), properly named after the abundant brain corals in the area. This is a shallow dive that bottoms out at 35ft/12m in sand. There is almost no current and the visibility ranges from 40-70ft (15m – 20m). This is home to many lobsters, crabs, moray eels, and scorpionfish.

Los Arcos (The arches), is the deepest dive out of Playa. It’s a wall dive with the top of the wall starting at 75ft (24m) and bottoms out in sand at 110ft (33m). The site has two beautiful arches. The average visibility is around 100ft (30m). The depths along with the currents make this one of our most advanced dives.

Pared Verde (Green Wall), spectacular coral formations full of marine life. The top of the wall starts at 75ft (24m) and bottoms out in sand at 100ft (30m). The current here is moderate and the average visibility is 100ft (30m). There is a chimney style swim thru towards the end of the dive. Here you can see turtles, stingrays, barracudas, and large moray eels.

Moc-che Deep, is a continuous wall dive that starts in 65ft (20m) and bottoms out in sand at 100ft (30m). There is a light to moderate current present with an average visibility of 100ft (30m). During the winter, bull sharks can sometimes be seen.

Moc-Che Shallow, is a winding reef that gently slopes down to sand. There are numerous coral formations. The top of the reef is in 25ft (8m) and bottoms out in sand at 40ft (14m). There is a light to moderate current with an average visibility of 70ft (20m). The highlight of the dive is a beautiful arch covered in coral, home to a large green moray eel.

Jardines (Gardens), this is a reef plenty of color and sea life. A shallow dive takes us to a maximum of 70ft (20m) with an average visibility of 70ft (20m). It is easy to spot moray eels, lobsters and in some months you can find nurse sharks. It is a good place for beginners.

Chunzumbul, is a garden like reef with a depth of 35ft (12m). There is little or no current with an average visibility of 70ft (20m). Here you can find small rays, arrow crabs, pipefish, flounders, schools of snappers, grunts, and porkfish. This is a nice place for beginners.

Sábalos (Tarpon), a finger reef that has ledges and overhangs. The depths range from 20-50ft (6m-14m) and the average visibility is around 70ft (20m). There can be moderate to strong currents here. Sometimes a large school of tarpon and large rays can be seen
towards the end of the dive.

Barracuda, is named after the large barracudas that can be seen in this reef. This site is a set of finger reefs with lots of ledges and overhangs to explore. There is moderate to strong current here with visibility around 70ft (20m). The depths range from 20-50ft (6m-14m). There are large schools of fish around all the ledges as well as large morays, lobsters, king crabs, pipefish and seahorses.

Scuba Diving in Riviera Maya
Scuba Diving in Riviera Maya

Tortuga (Turtles), is a gently sloping reef where you can find Hawksbills, Loggerheads, and Green sea turtles feeding. The reef starts in 60ft (18m) and fade out into sand at 120ft (40m). There is always a light to moderate current and the average visibility is 100ft (30m). Some of the sightings here include, bull and hammerhead sharks, manta and spotted eagle rays, and in some rare cases whale sharks.

Mama Viña, you will find a shrimp boat intentionally sunk covered with reef; due to its depth 90ft (28m) and strong currents; this is a dive for experienced divers only. The scenery here is dramatic, and with an average of 100ft/30m visibility, makes for great underwater photography.

Islote, is a slope dive with fantastic visibility ranging from 100-130ft (30-40m). There is a light current, a good place for underwater photography. The top of the slop is in 70ft (20m) and slopes steeply to 110ft (33m). The reef is home to lobsters, turtles, large king crabs, nurse sharks, large stingrays, and a huge school of horse-eyed jacks. In summer, sailfish and marlin can be seen here.

Punta Venado (Deer Point), this dive site reach a maximum of 70ft (20m) with a light current, the reef has a visibility of 80-100ft (27-30m). Here you can find large morays, lobsters, nurse sharks, and turtles.

Cañones (Cannons), a beautiful 30m dive takes us along amazing coral canyons with rich marine life.

Meros (Groupers), the depths range from 49-82ft (15- 25m), it is a great place to find large groupers and often boasts schools of jacks and colorful fish.
Cuevitas (Small Caves), this dive site is full of swim- trough’s and overhangs covered with colorful corals; a shallow dive takes us to a maximum of 15m is perfect for beginners, turtles and large barracudas are often seen here.

Escuelitas, Two large patches of coral surrounded by schools of tropical fish, not reaching a depth beyond 10m with good visibility, another excellent choice for beginners.

El Dorado, deep canyons of this dive site reach a maximum of 38m, but is generally dived to 30m; home to a wide variety of corals and sponges; you can see barracudas, rays, large moray eels and nurse sharks.

Cuernos de Alce (Deer Antlers), boasts a large number of huge antler shaped corals, the habitat of many schools of fish; this dive site reach a maximum of 75ft (25m).

Sirenis, this dive site reach up to 58m; during the winter you can see hammerhead sharks, although the current tends to be strong, you can also make dive between 91- 111ft (28-34m). Here you can expect to see very large schools of barracudas and turtles.

Bubblemaker, here even the little ones can join in on the diving fun; from eight years of age your kids can enjoy, under the supervision of an instructor, a dive to a maximum of 2 meters surrounded by colorful fish and a amazing reef.

Shark Diving in the Riviera Maya
Shark Diving in the Riviera Maya
Shark Diving

Shark diving has recently grown in popularity worldwide, and Playa del Carmen the best bull shark feed in the Americas. From November until end of February, you can dive with bull shark. On this dive you will be standing on a sandy bottom while the dive master feed these amazing animals. These sharks gets a maximum size of 11,5ft (3,5m) and a maximum weight of 440lb (200 kg), are not shy and they swim among divers. This is a unique, enlightening, amazing, and exhilarating experience.

Diving in a Cenote

The Riviera Maya is known for the best cenotes-cavern diving in the world. There are more than 100 cenotes, 52 of which have been identified as sufficient for diving and snorkeling. Diving conditions in caves are ideal with crystal clear freshwater, pleasant warm temperature year-round (77oF), relative shallow depths (25ft-40 ft.), no current, super visibility and caverns beautifully decorated by stalactites, stalagmites, columns and amazing coral and seashell’s fossils.

Some caves have open entrance like: Angelita, El Pit, Jardín del Edén / Ponderosa, Car Wash / Aktun-Ha, and Calavera; some others like Chak Mool, Dream Gate, Dos Ojos and Tajma-Ha have room entrance.

Diving between stalactites and eslagamites where visibility is as clear as the air is to immerse yourself in what the Mayans considered the entrance to the mythical underworld.

Snorkel in the RIVIERA MAYA

Most of the beaches in the Riviera Maya are excellent for snorkeling. Among the best places are: Punta Bete, Xcalacoco, Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Paamul, Puerto Aventuras, Xpu-Ha, Kantenah, Akumal, Chemuyil, Xcacel and Xel-Ha with its interconnected underground rivers. Other options include Boca Paila and Punta Allen.

You can also snorkeling in a Cenote, and enjoy crystal clear waters.

Fishing in the RIVIERA MAYA

Fishing in the Riviera Maya
Fishing in the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya fishing is renowned all over the world, and is on the list of the most amazing fishing destinations. The natural geology of this area works in the fisherman’s favor, the waters are teeming with fish. The deep-water channel between the Yucatan Coast and Quintana Roo squeeze the Gulf Stream as it passes by on its journey northward. This “funnel” effect causes an upwelling and an abundance of fish.

In the Riviera Maya, anglers of all skill levels are able to enjoy fly fishing, deep sea fishing and light tackle fishing. The waters of the Riviera Maya are home to more than 35 large species of fish including Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Tuna, Kingfish, Barracuda, Grouper, and Snapper, just to name the most popular among anglers.

Ascencion Bay and the lagoons in Boca Paila are some of the best places for sport fishing; there are hundreds of square miles of crystal clear flats where it’s common to see bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and jacks or barracuda in the same day, all year round.

Fly-fishing is practiced in the area of Punta Allen, Capechen Lagoon and San Miguel Lagoon. The high season goes from March to June. You can hire deep-sea fishing charters from the hotels or in some marinas located in Playa del Carmen, Xpu-Ha, Kantenah, Akumal, Puerto Aventuras, and Tulum. The boats have all the fishing equipment and the captain and crew will help enhance your experience.

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