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5 Star
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120
Wellness/Spa
YES
Internet
FREE
5 star dive center
Onsite
House reef
NO

Resort Highlights

  • The Reef 28 is an all-inclusive, adults-only hotel in Playa Del Carmen
  • Accommodation is just steps from the beach and Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue
  • Three bars and two restaurants offering high-quality multinational cuisine
  • Rooftop bar with infinity pool and views of the Caribbean Ocean
  • Aromatherapy and pillow menu available
  • Excellent year round visibility, warm waters (~25°c) and miles of coral gardens
  • Swim with sharks, dolphins, turtles and schools of large and small reef fish
  • Explore the mystical jungle cenotes for a truly unique and memorable experience

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Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot. If there are any issues, we get back to you within 24 hours

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24H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 24 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment terms

  • 100% of the total booking amount is due at the time of booking

Cancellation fee

  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 30 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

The Reef 28 is an adults-only, all-inclusive hotel in Playa Del Carmen, steps from the heart of the locale's 5th Avenue.

Close to the Riviera Maya coastline, The Reef 28 offers an ideal combination of easy access to Mamita’s Beach, colourful shops and street entertainment by day, plus a variety of bars, restaurants and clubs by night.

All guestrooms include high-tech amenities, crisp and light décor, a private terrace or balcony and complimentary WiFi and are fully inclusive, allowing guests to indulge in everything on offer. The hotel itself boasts its own high-energy rooftop bar with infinity pool and evening DJs, gym with yoga area, full-service spa and two restaurants serving up imaginative Mexican and Asian flavours.

Divers enjoyt excellent reef systems, calm and crystal blue waters and hundreds of species of fish, with 128 species of starfish alone. There are 128 varieties of starfish alone! The waters of the Mexican Riviera are frequented by more than 20 marine mammal species including bottlenose dolphins, minke whales, sperm whales, manatees and humpback whales.

In addition, you have the chance to see five species of turtle and some 49 species of shark, including bull sharks and the magnificent whale shark. Drift diving is popular in this region, as well as the chance to investigate underwater caverns and mystical jungle cenotes.

Explore diving around the The Reef 28

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 rife with abundant marine life. Depths average 10 metres/30 feet and great visibility make 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, both south of Playa, 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 metres/130 feet are possible and the current can be a consideration. 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.

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 dip your head 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 in order to snorkel with whale sharks. There are also trips to the deep sea for snorkeling with sailfish that may interest some.

What to see

Dolphins and sharks patrol 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

  • The Reef Marina Dive Center is a PADI 5* center
  • Publicized by diving idol Jacques Cousteau as one of best place to dive in the world
  • Warm water, top-notch visibility and diversity of marine life
  • Whale Shark excursions including transfers, lunch and refreshments
  • Good conditions to suit Open Water Certifications
  • Rinse, dry, store and prep service for those with their own gear

Description

The Reef Marina Dive Center is a PADI 5* resort conveniently situated on the Mexican Riviera, offering easy access to some of the best dive sites in the area.

The warm, calm waters offer less advanced divers the perfect conditions for exploring diving or taking an open water course.

More experienced divers can explore drift, wreck cenote or deep divers, but for all divers the beautiful waters can be explored year-round.

There's a rental room on-site and for divers with their own equipment, we offer a rinsing, drying and storing service to ensure you're always ready to dive.

DIVING SERVICES

PADI Courses Available

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

Adaptors & tanks

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

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Camera Room
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Wi-Fi ($)
  • Beach Front Location
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • Italian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Jet Skiing
  • Nightclub

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness & Relaxation

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

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests

Payments

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

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Kite Surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball

How to get there

Arrival

  • Having touched down in Cancun International Airport, you will be met by a hotel representative.
  • The representative will be holding a signboard with the name of the hotel 'The Reef 28' and your name, directly outside the exit door of the customs area. 
  • Hand over your bags and be whisked away to the hotel inside a comfortable, air conditioned vehicle. 

Departure

  • Once you have checked out, you will be able to catch another air conditioned lift back to the airport. 
  • Journey time between the airport and the resort is around 45 minutes. 

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