For adventurous divers looking to explore the underwater wonders in tropical Tulum, Mexico, there are five must-dive spots.
Uncover Incredible Diving Opportunities: From crystal-clear turquoise waters to swim-throughs filled with marine life and vibrant coral reefs, these top dive sites offer an exciting and unforgettable diving experience.
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Casa cenote – great for snorkeling and first-time cenote diving
Scuba Diver in Casa Cenote – © Koox Diving & Adventures
Casa cenote is one of the top dive spots in Tulum for snorkeling and first-time cenote divers.
This semi-open underwater cave is filled with crystalline waters, creating an opportunity to spot a plethora of marine life from large creatures like tarpons and barracudas to small fry-like garden eels.
The visibility here rises up to 20M/66FT, making Casa cenote perfect for experienced divers as well as newbie divers!
Gran Cenote: Bask in small caves and a subterranean river with a beautiful structure.
Gran Cenote is the most popular cenote in Tulum because of its huge variety of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as small caves and a subterranean river.
At this dive site, you can also find open-water swimming areas filled with a variety of wildlife, including turtles, tropical fish and rays.
Divers can explore these incredible sites up to a maximum depth of 15M/50FT. Visibility is excellent at this spot ranging between 20-25M/66-80FT!
Laguna de Kaan Luum is a transparent, shallow lake
Laguna de Kaan Luum is one of the most popular spots for anyone looking to be diving in Tulum.
This transparent, shallow lake is filled with numerous species of small fish and rays, making it the perfect spot for recreational divers to dive and encounter marine life.
Because of its shallower depths, ranging between 3-10M/10-32FT, this spot also makes a great training site for new divers. The visibility ranges anywhere between 5-20M/16-66FT so be sure to bring a good light!
Akumal bay – sea turtles and reef
Akumal Bay Sea Turtle © Koox Diving & Adventures
Akumal Bay is another popular dive spot in Tulum. It is home to a wide variety of marine life, such as tropical fish, sea turtles, and vibrant coral reefs.
Although the visibility can range anywhere between 10-20M/32-66FT, the area’s shallow depths, ranging between 3-10M/10-32FT, make it great for exploring aquatic life both above and below the surface.
This diverse spot is great for both recreational and experienced divers and photographers alike! The reef may not be as abundant as in Cozumel, but it is a very turtle-friendly place with 5 different kinds of sea turtles.
Bull sharks at Bull Shark point Playa del Carmen
Experienced divers will want to visit the Shark Point in Playa del Carmen. Here, you can see harmless bull sharks throughout the winter—from November to March.
It is possible to encounter two to six bull sharks depending on the day and time of your dive.
Keep an eye out for other species too, including manta rays, eels, groupers, and turtles, as well as a wide variety of coral formations!
BONUS Secret spot:
Sian Ka’an © Koox Diving & AdventuresDivers who visit Mexico’s Tulum region can explore Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a protected area of tropical rainforest and mangroves.
From dolphins and sea turtles to coral, colorful fish, and much more, the reserve features a plethora of marine life for snorkelers and divers alike.
There are restrictions on diving in certain areas, however; planning ahead with an authorized tour operator is recommended.
Eco-tours typically feature experienced guides who avoid damaging the reef while providing minimal disruptions to its inhabitants.
Otherwise, swimming tours tailored to less regulated areas are regularly offered by local tour agents.
Tulum is a diver’s dream! Perfectly clear waters, visibility of up to 15 meters, and plenty of diverse marine life await those who venture underwater in this amazing spot.
With its abundance of cenotes and world-class reefs, scuba divers will have the time of their life exploring what Tulum has to offer.
Furthermore, access to various diving sites is easy and convenient, ensuring that no one will be missing out on this paradise for scuba divers.