Some dives truly are better than others. They don’t go for the resort-like feeling of many dive experiences, which offer a day of diving almost as a side-note to the amenities, land tours, and the feeling of a warm hug. They can provide all of the above, but the focus of these tours is the time spent on the adventures offered, each of which will take you to exotic locales to encounter marine life in ways not many will ever have the chance to experiences.
Along the Mayan Riviera you’ll find several exotic dive tours and aren’t just put on by your average run-of- the-mill dive shop. The dive professionals in the area have taken the lush landscape and unique wildlife into account and made trips that are both unmatched and unforgettable. The area truly offers some of the finest dives in the furthest reaches of both the Earth and into the imagination of the diver. Typically starting from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and branching out, these unique splashes under the sea can be found in every direction. The Mayan Riviera is a Caribbean coastal stretch which includes the resort town of Playa Del Carmen and the quiet retreat of Tulum. People come from all over to the white-sand beaches for a taste of world-class relaxation and a sense of serenity nearly unmatched by a great portion of what the world has to offer.
This Riviera, one which sees beautiful weather at any time of year, is home to cenotes, reefs, and a wide range of wildlife including everything from giant whale sharks to the small fish which hide among the corals in the region.
But the prime meat of the area lies in its dives with saltwater crocodiles. In the waters of Banco Chinchorro curious explorers can get up-close with the living dinosaurs of the sea. While making an expedition to see them many even have the option of staying in beach huts on a nearly uninhabited atoll, allowing for peaceful relaxation on clear waters before and after dives.
Another popular destination is the more accessible, yet equally impressive, Xcalak Marine Park. During dives in Xcalak the high visibility will allow for other unique marine sightings, and lucky divers will experience encounters with the local manatee population.
Heading north after long days of trekking and diving, crews of adventurers will find themselves diving in Mayan cenotes, experiencing freshwater wildlife and beams of light that slice through the formations and caverns in the area. Freshwater dives with high visibility and little resistance from the current offer a time to simply float at will.
The grand finale of any trip to the area is a dive with the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark. Hundreds of them frequent the area, and divers can get up close and personal with them to experience the best of what the oceans have to offer. Afterward, it’s time to wrap it up and head to shore for a relaxing night of dinner and drinks before settling into one of the Riviera’s extravagant hotels and resorts.
James Tsuei is the CEO at Deepblu. Deepblu is one of the fastest-growing dive experiences marketplaces and divers’ communities.