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Barcelo Maya Palace

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Barcelo Maya Palace

5 star hotel
Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez, Km. 266.3 Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo 77710, Mexico
756 rooms
YES ($) Internet

Dressel Divers Maya Grand

PADI 5 star dive center
Max 8 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • 5* all-inclusive, adults-only resort on the Mexican Riviera
  • Stay here and enjoy all 5 hotels within the Barceló Maya Grand Resort
  • Direct access to one of the Mexican Carribean’s most beautiful beaches
  • 5* PADI dive center on site for exploring the world's second largest barrier reef
  • All 6 restaurants have spectacular ocean views
  • Free minibar, restocked daily
  • 3 swimming pools, a gym and spa
  • On-site shopping center and nightly entertainment
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Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:May 5, 2021

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At Barceló we reiterate our commitment to offer our guests, employees and friends the confidence when choosing any of our hotels to enjoy a well-deserved vacation or a work session. At Barceló hotels located in Mexico, we are working to reinforce our protocols, following the recommendations of the World Health Organization, as well as international institutions, such as: Cristal International Standards and the World Travel and Tourism Council, experts in the field safety and hygiene. Our main goal has been the customer experience and offering them a safe environment, this update process includes: training of new cleaning standards for all our team, as well as on operational efficiency to improve our practices in the industry and power always provide our guests with the highest quality and safety when staying at our hotels.
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We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final


You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

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  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 25%
  • 44 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 14 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 14 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Barcelo Maya Palace

Best dive sites in Yucatán Peninsula

Punta Cancun – This is a popular spot with divers and provides access to several dive sites and some healthy coral reefs. Located at the eastern end of Cancun's hotel zone, the reefs contain colorful coral formations and you can hang out with a diverse array of marine life, including barracuda, rays and sharks. Punta Nizuc – This site is famous for its snorkeling and diving, thanks to an offshore reef that is rife with abundant marine life. Depths average 10 m/30 ft and the great visibility makes this a spectacular spot where divers meet lobster, groupers, rays, sergeant majors and a host of other marine life. At Punta Nizuc art meets coral reef conservation and divers can visit a statue of a young girl lying in a coral garden. She’s part of an underwater museum, Museo Subacuático de Arte, that’s well worth exploring. Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum – South of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is a bustling town with a European vibe. Akumal and Tulum are seaside villages that offer a glimpse into the Yucatan of yesterday. Generally, the dive sites here are shallow with excellent visibility, and boat rides are as short as five minutes. You’re likely to see turtles, barracuda, stingrays, lobsters and nurse sharks. Pared Verde – Sloping rivers of sand divide sections of the wall which is well populated with coral, sponges and myriad macro invertebrates. Depths to 40 m/130 ft are possible and the currents can be strong. Larger pelagic species are frequently seen here, given the reef’s location in the middle of a sandy plain. Cenotes – If you want to try something truly special, dive a cenote. These deep, freshwater-filled sinkholes formed when the roofs of limestone caverns collapsed and filled with water. The Yucatan’s elaborate cenotes have intricate cave systems and underground tunnels that draw divers from around the globe. Many cenotes boast pristine turquoise waters and a beautiful array of stalagmites and stalactites formed over millions of years.
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Snorkeling in Yucatán Peninsula

Non-divers will find plenty of reasons to enter the water in the Yucatan Peninsula. From shore, you’ll be able to access the region’s best reefs and even take a dip in a cenote. If you happen to be in the area from June to September, make sure to take a day trip to Isla Mujeres to snorkel with whale sharks. There are also trips to the deep sea for snorkeling with sailfish for something a little different.

What to see

Dolphins and sharks patrol the deeper waters, while stunning colorful fish hang out by the reefs. You will see eels and lobsters near overhangs, as well as plenty of eagle rays gliding through the shallows. If you dive in the mangroves you may even run across a manatee!

One of the major attractions to the underwater world of the Riviera Maya are the bull sharks that are attracted to the area’s crystalline waters between November and March. There’s also a chance of spotting green turtles, loggerhead turtles, whale sharks and sailfish during their respective migrations.

Dive Center


  • PADI 5* IDC within the Barcelo Maya Grand Resort
  • Beachfront location, convenient cenote and reef diving 
  • Spacious boats with safety equipment 
  • Experienced instructors and boat captains
  • Open 365 days a year, full range of PADI courses
  • Cenote diving with no special certifications 


Dressel Divers Maya Grand is located on a private bay overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 

The dive center is open 365 days a year and houses a large selection of rental gear. The shop offers WiFi, air conditioning, a filling station, fish ID library and a training pool. 

Dive boats are fast and spacious with shaded areas and knowledgeable guides, captains and boat crew. All have emergency oxygen, first aid kits, AEDs and VHF radios. 

Dressel Divers Maya Grand run regular trips to the Yucatan jungle, to explore ancient cenotes. Many cenote dives do not require any special training. Daily open water trips visit dive sites around the second largest barrier reef and divers often see hundreds of marine creatures in a week’s worth of diving. 

Beginner to pro-level courses are offered alongside specialities like photography, nitrox, cavern and deep diver. Instructors are fully qualified and have considerable previous experience training new and qualified divers at the local dive sites. 

Opt for Nitrox at no additional cost. 

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Dive boat facilities

  • Ladder
  • Drinking Water
  • Shaded Space
  • Seating Area
  • Dry Area
  • Surface Interval Snacks

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front Location
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

PADI® Courses Available

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Cavern Diving
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Other Specialties
  • Technical Diving Courses

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Idc
  • Padi Green Star Award

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Resort Amenities

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Kids Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting/Child Services


  • Live Music
  • Karaoke
  • Nightclub
  • Jet Skiing


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)


  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi ($)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Hot Tub/Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Yoga

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Resort Description

Barcelo Maya Palace is a 5* adults-only resort with elegant rooms, luxurious amenities and breathtaking views

The aptly-named Palace is the crème de la crème of the Maya Grand Resort. You can make use of absolutely everything at all 5 of the resort's luxury hotels but the Palace itself remains exclusively yours. That's 6 exclusive ocean-view restaurants, 3 exclusive swimming pools, a gym, shopping center, spa and sports areas - all on top of the staggering amount of facilites at the other hotels.

Set in its own coral reef, there's world-class diving straight off the beach and a 5* PADI dive center on site that runs regular trips to the Yucatan jungle to explore ancient cenotes and daily dives around the world's second largest barrier reef.  All guestrooms are luxurious and comfortable, and you can upgrade to Premium Level to unlcok extra priviledges. 

How to get there


  • The resort is roughly 1 hours' drive from Cancun International Airport.
  • Upon collecting luggage and clearing customs follow the signs for “Ground Transportation” .When you arrive at the area where all the representatives are waiting if terminal 3 please head for the bar “Margaritaville” if terminal 4 please head to the “Welcome Bar” this is where your driver will be waiting holding the normal arrival board displaying the lead guests name
  • Check in time is 3pm. 


  • Check out time is 12pm. 


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