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The Reef 28

5 star hotel
1 Avenida Nte & Calle 28 Nte, 77720 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
120 rooms
No Internet

The Reef Marina

PADI 5 star dive center
Max 5 divers per guide

Package 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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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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  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 5%
  • 17 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 0.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 8 days prior to arrival
  • 100.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 8 days prior to arrival

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 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


  • 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


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.

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Diving Facilities

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

PADI® Courses Available

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

Diving gear

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

Languages spoken

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

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort
  • Padi Dive Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Idc
  • Padi 5 Star Cdc
  • Padi 100% Aware

Resort Amenities

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling


  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Idr)


  • Rebreather-Friendly

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.

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How to get there


  • 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. 


  • 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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