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On the doorstep of the cenotes, Puerto Aventuras is a seaside commune with access to amazing bull shark encounters and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.


Turtle Migration at Akumal Bay

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The Biodiversity of Xaak

To the north of Akumal lies the reef of Xaak, home to rays, nurse sharks and turtles. This makes an excellent excursion with a stop in Yal Ku Lagoon.

Bull Sharks in Playa del Carmen

From November to March, get up close and personal with majestic bull sharks as they arrive in Playa del Carmen for breeding season.

Cenote Diving in Yucatan

With around 6000 cenotes, Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and its extensive subterranean waterways are ideal for experimenting with cavern diving. The popular Cenote Dos Ojos is accessible to most divers.

Diving in Puerto Aventuras

Quick facts

Puerto Aventuras is one of the most diver-friendly communities in the Riviera Maya. Here you’ll find several small operators willing to show you the wonders of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. This section of the reef lies about 5-10 minutes offshore by boat and contains lush coral gardens and deep cuts or canyons dropping to 130 feet (40 meters). There’s also the Mama Vina Wreck, suitable to advanced divers.

The current near Puerto Aventuras is mild, making this a great place for beginners and experts alike. If you’re looking to gain an initial certification or learn a new skill, Puerto Aventuras is the perfect environment.

Several dive shops within the community will also be able to assist you in planning a two-tank, day trip to the cenotes, Playa del Carmen, Akumal or Cozumel. Keep in mind that a 16% tax is levied on all diving in Mexico.

When to go

Puerto Aventuras is a year-round diving destination. For uncrowded dive sites and the best visibility, book your holiday between May and November.

December to April

There is no bad time to dive the Caribbean. In fact, the water temperatures remain constant year-round and cool only slightly during the winter months, meaning it’s possible to dive approximately 300 days each year.

December to April is considered the best time to visit Mexico and therefore is the most popular time to dive in the Caribbean. Because the winter months constitute high season, you should make sure to book as early as possible in order to secure the best rate.

On average, water temperatures vary between 78 and 82ºF (25 and 28ºC) in Puerto Aventuras. The cooler waters found in the winter months tend to attract more pelagic animals than other months.

May to November

The best time for cenote diving is between May and September. This is because the summer months feature the best visibility in both the cenotes and the sea. These months also bring the best light to the caves and result in the better photographs.

Also note that diving in the Caribbean is possible year-round. Simply keep an eye on the forecast during the summer and early fall. These seasons do see the occasional hurricane. When there isn’t a hurricane, the weather during the summer is hot and humid with the occasional rain shower.

From May to September, green and loggerhead turtles arrive to lay their eggs on the area’s beaches.

As an added bonus, the summer months are low season throughout Mexico. At this time, you’ll find the best deals on diving and accommodation. If you enjoy uncrowded, Caribbean dive sites, travel to Mexico between May and September.

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Where to dive

Beginners should stick to the Inner and Middle Reef. Advanced divers can head to the Outer Reef or Mama Vina Wreck. Tec divers should try the cenotes.
    USD 3,039Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers
    USD 1,898Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers
    USD 1,898Per person for 7 nights for 2 divers

    Snorkeling in Puerto Aventuras

    The dive operators in Puerto Aventuras will also be happy to arrange snorkeling tours. The waters nearby are clear and calm, creating the perfect conditions for topside spotting over colorful reefs. Akumal is also close by and is a favorite among operators running snorkeling trips. Night snorkeling and cenote freediving are also on offer.
    The sites within the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef can be split into two sections, the northern sites and the southern sites. Of these, the northern sites tend to feature more macro and fish life than those in the south. In particular, Pedegral and North Ruinas are local favorites. For deeper reef dives, head to the dive sites on Outer Reef. Mama Vina Wreck, just in front of Xcaret Eco Park, is a great wreck for advanced divers. It begins at 60 feet (20 meters). Finally, several diveable cenotes are within easy reach of Puerto Aventuras. Cenote Dos Ojos is perhaps the best cenote dive in Mexico and is merely half an hour to the south.

    What to see

    Puerto Aventuras is home to a variety of wildlife that makes every dive special. In particular, tiny macro critters delight photographers. In the healthy reef ecosystem, vigilant divers can also see lobsters, crabs, groupers, angelfish, eels, stingrays, sergeant majors and hundreds of other tropical fish species. Loggerhead Turtles, Green Turtles, Hawksbill Turtles and eagle rays may also be seen floating along the reef’s edge. Occasionally, lucky divers spot sailfish and whale sharks in the Outer Reef.

    Just twenty minutes north of Puerto Aventuras, Playa del Carmen annually hosts bull sharks from November to March.


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    Tucked away between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Puerto Aventuras is a luxury marina and self-proclaimed, sea-focus community. This residential resort community was established in 1998, and today represents one of the most family-friendly destinations in Mexico.

    Visitors choose Puerto Aventuras as their destination for the world-class golf course, spacious marina, fantastic deep sea fishing and white sand beaches. Not to mention the fact that this small community is perfectly positioned for day trips to all of the Riviera Maya’s attractions.

    Other attractions

    As the most family-friendly destination in the Riviera Maya, Puerto Aventuras boasts white sand beaches, fascinating ruins, lush jungle and all the amenities necessary for a memorable stay. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the ziplines, dune buggies and cave exploration offered by the eco theme parks, Xplor and Xcaret. Even if you aren’t diving in the cenotes, make a point to stop by one to take in these unique environments and perhaps even splash around in one. Finally, make some time to discover the region’s Mayan ruins. Tulum and Chichen Itza make great day trips from Puerto Aventuras.

    Getting there

    Cancun International Airport is merely 48 miles (77 kilometers) from Puerto Aventuras. You can easily rent a car or arrange a private transfer from the airport. If you are arriving from Cozumel, you must first take the ferry to Playa del Carmen, which is 12.5 miles (19 kilometers) from this seaside community.


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