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Mexico / Yucatán Peninsula
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The Reef Playacar

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The Reef Playacar

4 star hotel
Paseo Xaman-Ha s/n, Fraccionamiento Playacar, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
196 rooms
YES ($) Internet

The Reef Marina

PADI 5 Star IDC Resort
Max 5 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • The Reef Playacar offers Mexican-inspired décor and furnishings
  • Set on a beautiful white sand beach looking over turquoise seas
  • 6 restaurants and bars serving up local and internationally-inspired dishes
  • Offers a good balance between jungle serenity and access to bars, shops and clubs
  • Year-round warm seas, great visibility and hundreds of fish and coral species
  • Chance to spot turtles, sharks, dolphins and 128 varieties of starfish
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Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot


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: 50%
  • 34 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5.0% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 21 days prior to arrival
  • 50.0% will be charged if you cancel less than 21 days prior to arrival

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 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.

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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Languages spoken

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

Dive Center Facilities

  • Wi-Fi ($)

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort

Resort Amenities


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

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling


  • Adaptive Service Facility

Resort Description

The Reef Playacar is an all-inclusive resort located in the heart of Mexico's Riviera Maya, right on the Caribbean coastline.

Divers get the chance to find over 20 species of marine mammal, including minke whales, humpback whales and sperm whales. Bull sharks and whale sharks can also be spotted, alongside smaller creatures including lobsters hidden in crevices and over 100 varieties of starfish.

Rooms combine traditional Mexican colours and styles, complete with wooden furnishings and white linen, with modern amenities. There are six restaurants and bars on offer, providing a mix of regional and international cuisine for guests to enjoy. 

Land and water activities are available as part of the all-inclusive package, including volleyball and snorkeling along with nightly entertainment shows to be enjoyed over a beer or cocktail. 


How to get there

Arriving in Mexico – Cancun Airport

  • Upon arrival to Cancun International Airport in Mexico you will be met by a company representative who will escort you to your hotel (if transfer booked at additional charge)
  • The representative will hold up a sign that says 'The Reef Marina' and your name - they will be waiting near the exit door after the customs area
  • If you miss the airport rep, you should call the resort directly on + 52 984 168 96 93 

At the resort

  • Upon arrival at the resort, guests are welcomed at the lobby and escorted for check-in
  • A copy of your 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 and questions
  • 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 front desk
  • Departure transfers will be arranged according to the departure time of the international flight or after correspondence with Stéphan Julliot at the dive shop (transfer will attract an additional charge)


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