Diving Playa Del Carmen's Reefs
Playa Del Carmen's reefs are part of the expansive Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world extending from Mexico's Yucatan peninsula all the way down to Costa Rica. The island of Cozumel provides a natural buffer to the open sea so tidal movement is limited, as a result there tends to be a greater density of nutrients in the water around Playa resulting in a greater density of fish. While visibility is not quite as crystal clear as Cozumel because of the nutrients in the water, it is still excellent by most standards ranging from 60-100ft (20-30m).
Given the normal northbound current and the distance from shore, most of the dives off the coast of Playa Del Carmen are drift dives and are done from a boat which follows us on the surface to the end of the dive. Depths on the Playa reefs vary between an easy 15ft (5m) to about 120ft (37m) making it a great place to dive for everyone from a novice to an experienced technical diver. The water temperature rarely drops below about 79F (26C) providing enjoyable diving year round. Check out the current diving & ocean conditions in Playa del Carmen.
There are three different levels to the reef system in Playa Del Carmen heading from the beach out towards “El Cantil” (the cliff). Moving away from the beach the drop-offs in the shallow to mid-depths are very gradual with a white sandy bottom. The depths at this first level range from 20-75ft (7-24m) with pinnacles of coral, patch and finger reefs dotting the area providing excellent shelter and feeding grounds for a vast array of Caribbean marine life. Read more about the three levels of Playa Del Carmen's reef system.
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