Cenotes and Ocean Diving
The coastal waters of the Riviera Maya are home to the second longest coral reef in the world and the longest in the Western Hemisphere, the Mesoamerican Reef, which stretches nearly 700 km/450 miles from Cancun south to the Honduran Bay Islands, providing habitat for over 500 fish species and 60 coral species. Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, and Akumal are the most known towns along the Riviera Maya where you can find coral reefs right in front of them famous for animal life such as turtles, groupers, barracuda, and tarpon
Just a short distance of navigation away from Playa del Carmen’s coastline, lies the island of Cozumel, which ranks among the Top 10 dive places in the world for its amazing visibility, impressive wall dives, and abundant marine life. Famous also for its drift diving, Cozumel is a lazy diver’s paradise with currents that range from gentle to fast, strong currents. Cozumel's popular diving areas include a labyrinth of tunnels, dramatic swim throughs and canyons lying amidst the towering coral plateaus teeming with marine life.
In addition, every year, between the end of November until the beginning of March, a population of pregnant female bull sharks congregates in the shallow waters along the coast of Playa Del Carmen before giving birth in deeper waters, which has brought Playa del Carmen a worldwide reputation for its bull shark dives.
Dives with time flexibility and tailored to your level of experience and likes.
DCM does not offer ocean diving services on a daily basis but can make arrangements for those of our divers who are diving with us for several days.
Local Reefs (Tankah or Puerto Aventuras)
Minimum 2 divers, two dives per day.
Prices are depending on size of the group and itineraries.
Puerto Morelos - C-56 Wreck
Puerto Morelos - C-56 Wreck
Launched in 1943 by the American Ship Building Company of Lorain, Ohio, the then USS Knave (AM-256) was an admirable class minesweeper built for the US Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic during WWII and was decommissioned in 1946. In 1962 she was sold to the Mexican Navy and in 1994 she was renamed ARM Cadete Juan Escutia (C56).
In October 2000, the C-56 was purposefully sunk off the coast of Puerto Morelos by the President of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo as a new attraction for divers coming to the Riviera Maya.
The C-56 is laying perfectly upright, with the keel on the sand at 27m/90ft, the 56m/184ft long Mexican Gun Boat was quickly inhabited by various marine life. The deck, at 19m/64ft, is teeming with life and it’s common to see a large shoal of Bigeye Trevallies (a.k.a. Bigeye Jack) hunting there. As we travel around the wreck we commonly see large Wrasse, Groupers, Morays and, looking up flights of Eagle Rays. Soft corals have colonized the wreck and now offer a home to many arrow crabs and fire worms amongst other small crustaceans and invertebrates. And, close to the Wheelhouse watch out for the resident barracuda!
Location: Puerto Morelos (about one hour drive from our dive center in Akumal)
Divers: 2 to 4 diversDives: 2 dives per day. This dive is followed by a shallow reef dive full of marine life!
Please note that we do not offer any ocean diving services in Cozumel at this time!
For your information, the Marine Park of Cozumel has closed the southern part of the marine park as of 7. October, 2019, until further notice.
The fact is that at the end of 2018, Cozumel’s coral reefs have seen a huge decline. The reef has been infected by a disease called Stony Coral Tissue Loss, SCTL. Not to be confused with coral bleaching (something entirely different). This suspected bacterial infection rapidly spreads killing many species of hard coral such as brain coral and flower coral being the first to go. The first sighting of it was in the Miami area in 2014.
Please note that the temporary closure, however, does not affect all sites within the national park. There are still at least 16 dive sites open to divers. However, DCM has decided to not bringing more divers to Cozumel to give this highly trafficked area a rest, helping better preserve the sites long-term.
Therefore, if you wish to dive in Cozumel please get in contact with dive operations directly in Cozumel who know the area very well and can provide you with firsthand information.