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Iberostar Quetzal

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Iberostar Quetzal

5 star hotel
Avenida Xanan-Ha, Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo 77710, Mexico
350 rooms
FREE Internet

Dressel Divers Playa del Carmen

PADI 5 star dive center
Max 8 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Iberostar Quetzal sits on one of the Mexican Riviera's best beaches, offering magical cenote diving and regular shark encounters under a jungle-framed sky
  • With a 5* PADI® dive center on site, enjoy direct access to over 20 local reef dive sites, free nitrox and superb facilities
  • Go kayaking between dives, or explore ancient ruins then indulge in a massage and refuel in one of three restaurants
  • This is a true 5* experience, combining the rustic with the luxury and striking the ideal balance between adventure and relaxation
  • As a certified Green Globe Eco Hotel, you can enjoy the Caribbean's warm waters and 35 m visibility while making a positive contribution to the planet
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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

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 15%
  • 60 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 15.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 37 days prior to arrival
  • 95.0% will be charged if you cancel between 37 and 22 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 22 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Iberostar Quetzal

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


  • This is the second ever dive certification organisation in the Americas and offers a Large variety of accessible dive sites
  • Enjoy the clear, calm and warm Caribbean seas all year round
  • Take part in a whale shark excursion between May and September and from November through to mid-March you can dive with wild bull sharks
  • Easy access to over 20 local reef dive sites, free nitrox and suberb facilities including a training pool, WiFi, classrooms, and a fish ID library
  • The jungle Cenotes are ideal for gaining cave of cavern certifications and the nitrox is free!


Dressel Divers Playa del Carmen is the second ever dive certification organisation in the Americas. 

The colourful dive shop is set on the waterfront, steps from the boats moored on white sand beach. Facilities include a large selection of rental gear, spacious storage rooms, filling station, shaded outdoor areas, training pool, classrooms and a fish ID library. 

The dive team boasts a wealth of knowledge having dived around the local reefs for decades. 20+ dive sites are within convenient access, and the purpose-built dive vessels are spacious, shaded and fast. 

Daily dive trips depart for open water, cenotes and night dives. Trips depart in the morning and afternoon (8:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, sunset). All boats come with AEDs, VHF radios, emergency oxygen, first aid kits and experienced captains. During season, bull shark and whale shark excursions are regular. 

A full range of PADI courses are offered including specialities like deep, cavern and photography. Opt for Nitrox at no additional cost. 

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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
  • Technical Diving Courses
  • Other Specialties

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 5 Star Idc Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Cdc

For your safety

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

Resort Amenities

Great for families

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


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


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

Sports & Watersports

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


  • Karaoke
  • Jet Skiing

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Fitness Center/Gym
  • Spa Facility
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage Services
  • Yoga

Food & drink

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

Resort Description

Iberostar Quetzal is on the beachfront of the Mayan heritage area of Playa del Carmen. 

The world’s second largest barrier reef is directly in front of the resort, offering divers the chance to spot endemic toadfish, barracuda, dolphins, rays, nurse sharks and turtles. During summer, whale shark sightings are common. Bull shark excursions run during the winter months and ancient cenotes are a short drive away. 

The 5* all-inclusive resort is set amongst lush vegetation and provides access to one of the best beaches in the Mexican Riviera. Designed in traditional colonial style, stone paths wind between the colorfully painted buildings and large pool. Thatched roof shades and loungers line the beach.

Enjoy an international buffet or visit the a la carte steakhouse or Italian restaurant. Three bars offer swim up, lobby and beachfront settings. 

Daily entertainment includes theatre shows, karaoke and dance lessons. Aqua gym, water polo, volleyball, yoga and tennis are available. Indulge in a massage set amongst the jungle, courtesy of Spa Sensations.  

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How to get there


  • For arrival at 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.
  • The journey to the resort will take approximately one hour.


  • After check out, a staff member will be on hand to assist you with your bags and your transfer to the airport


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