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196
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5 star dive center
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Resort 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

Resort Description

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

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. 

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.

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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

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

Courses

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

Wellness

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

Facilities

  • 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

Payments

  • 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 met by a company representative who will escort you to your hotel
  • 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 Stéphan Julliot on +52 1 984 168 96 93. You can also call the resort directly on +52 984 873 41 20

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

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