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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
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Dressel Divers Maya Grand

PADI 5 star dive center
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Carretera Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km. 266.3, Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya, QROO, México, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo 77750, Mexico

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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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

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

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 25%
  • 44 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 14 days prior to arrival
  • 100% 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

Highlights

  • 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 

Description

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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DIVING SERVICES

Dive boat facilities

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

Diving Facilities

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

Diving gear

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

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
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian

For your safety

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

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Resort Amenities

Great for families

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

Activities

  • Live Music
  • Karaoke
  • Nightclub
  • Jet Skiing

Payments

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

Facilities

  • 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

Arrival

  • The resort is roughly 1 hours' drive from Cancun International Airport. 
  • Taxis are available at the airport (additional cost) and you should ask the driver to take you to 'Barcelo Maya Grand Resort'. 
  • Check in time is 3pm. 

Departure

  • Check out time is 12pm. 
  • Upon request, the resort will arrange a taxi to take you back to Cancun International airport (additional cost). 

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