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Resort Highlights

  • Year round warm seas, great visibility and hundreds of fish and coral species
  • See turtles, sharks, dolphins, shimmering reef fish and other marine mammals
  • Try and spot the 128 varieties of starfish in blissful slice of the Caribbean
  • Dive into the mystical jungle cenotes for an unforgettable experience!
  • Idyllic balance between jungle serenity and access to happening bars, shops and clubs
  • Modern amenities combined with stylish, Mexican inspired décor and furnishings
  • Breath-taking white sand beach with turquoise seas as far as the eye can see
  • Great kids club and heaps of land and water based activities for the whole family
  • 6 restaurants and bars serving up local and internationally inspired dishes
  • All-inclusive resort, giving you a chance to kick back and truly unwind

Resort Description

Take a trip to Playa del Carmen and be met by white sand beaches, incredible coral reefs, calm warm waters and hundreds of fish species. In these waters you can find over 20 species of marine mammals, including bottlenose dolphins, sperms whales, minke whales, manatees and even humpback whales! Add to the mix turtles and numerous other shark species – namely bull sharks and inspiring whale sharks- and you’re in a melting pot of large marine life. Yet you’re also sure to spot all manner of smaller reef creatures like lobsters hidden in crevices, schools of shimmering reef fish and more than 100 varieties of starfish! Whether you’ve never dived before or are looking for a unique experience following years of diving around the world, this slice of the Mexican Riviera will not disappoint. Head into the jungle and dive into a cenote, drenched in mysticism and history, or stroll off the beach and snorkel around kaleidoscopic underwater gardens- the diversity of options in this relatively small area is astounding.

Finding a perfect balance between natural tranquillity of the rainforest and access to Playa del Carmen’s lively 5th Avenue, The Reef Playacar & Spa has it all. Situated on one of the coastline’s most spectacular beaches, you couldn’t find a better location from which to soak in the splendour of the blissful turquoise Caribbean Ocean. All guest rooms are freshly decorated with wooden furnishings, white linens and splashes of bright colour to give the space a Mexican yet modern and sophisticated atmosphere. Feeling peckish? Then take your pick from the resort’s six diverse restaurants and bars, each offering their own take on regional and international cuisine. With a super friendly, multilingual and welcoming team of staff, the resort is able to offer a plethora of land and water activities such as volleyball, snorkelling, nightly shows and live entertainment. On top of all this, a popular and fully supervised kid’s programme is constantly running, so you can be sure there’ll be something to suit the whole family!

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Explore diving around the The Reef Playacar

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


  • Warm water, top-notch visibility and incredible diversity of marine life
  • Publicized by diving idol Jacques Cousteau as one of best place to dive in the world
  • Spot sharks, turtles, marine mammals, moray eels and hundreds of coral species
  • Textbook conditions to suit Open Water Certifications
  • Drift, wreck, cenote and deep diving for more experienced divers looking for a challenge!
  • Strong emphasis on safety, professionalism and reliability
  • Large selection of rental equipment and a rinse, dry, store and prep service for those with their own gear
  • Whale Shark excursions including transfers, lunch and refreshments
  • The Reef Marina moto ‘Be serious without taking things too seriously


As a 5* Dive Resort, you are in safe hands at The Reef Marina. Professionalism, reliability and security are the name of the game. The center has a well-stocked rental equipment room to suit divers of all shapes and sizes. Should you wish to bring your own equipment, it'll be rinsed, dried, stored overnight and prepared for you the following dive, so you don’t have to worry about a thing! Just relax, and let the friendly, international dive team take care of you! Just minutes by boat from the dive center, many incredible underwater sights can be explored. The pleasant, calm waters offer beginner divers the perfect conditions for an open water course. At the same time, a variety of more challenging drift, wreck, cenote and deep dives run regularly for more experienced divers. The best part is, you can enjoy these warm, clear waters year-round. Come and check it out for yourself!



  • 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
  • Rebreather Course
  • 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


  • Din/Int Adapters
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • 15L Tanks
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Thick (5-7Mm) Wetsuits ($)
  • Open-Back Fins ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Filling Station
  • Rebreather Friendly

Diving Facilities

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


  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

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

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Idc


  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc
  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities


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

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte Menu
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food


  • Fitness Center
  • Spa Facility
  • Sauna
  • Hamam
  • Hot Tub / Whirlpool
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments


  • Beach Front
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • External Guests Allowed
  • Us Power Sockets
  • Power Socket Adapters

Entertainment and family

  • Games
  • Movies
  • Nightclub
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting/Child Services


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

How to get there

Arriving in Mexico – Cancun Airport
  •  Upon arrival to Cancun International Airport in Mexico you will be are met by a choffer of our company.
  • The Airport Rep. holds up a signboard with our company name “THE REEF MARINA” &amp; your name and he will be waiting directly after the exit door after the customs area
  •  If any guest misses the airport rep. he/she should call this phone number +52 1 984 168 96 93 (contact : Stéphan JULLIOT)
  • The Airport Rep. will escort the guests to their hotel
  •  If you need to contact the resort, please call their front desk at: +52 984 873 41 20

At the resort

  • Upon arrival to the resort, guests are welcomed at the lobby by the resort hosts and escorted for check-in, a copy of the passports will be taken and registration forms completed
  • Guests are escorted to their room and an introduction to the hotel is done by the resort host
  • The front desk is available 24/7 for any concerns, questions etc.
  • The Dive Center is open from 08:00 – 17:00 (every day); if dives are pre-booked outside of the opening hours, meeting time and place will be discussed when the dive is booked

The end of your trip

  • Checkout time is by 12:00h noon, however, if guests have a later departure flight, arrangements can be made with the dive center &amp; front desk
  • Departure transfers will be arranged according to the departure time of the international flight or after correspondence with Stephan JULLIOT at the dive shop


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