FAQ about Mexico Cave Diving
The most common question and answers about Mexico Cave Diving and living here.
Is it safe to live here?
The Riviera Maya is located on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and is well removed from such troubles. If it wasn’t safe, we wouldn’t live here. Of course, it makes sense to leave your mobile phone, wallet and passport locked in a safe. You probably wouldn’t leave them on a beach in your country, would you?
Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?
Don’t take our word for it, check with your local Mexican embassy or consulate. It will take a couple of minutes, just a phone call or email.
How can I arrange a transfer from Cancun Airport?
As is the case with most airports in the world, upon exiting the terminal you will be offered transportation services at different rates. We can arrange a private transfer to take you directly to your accommodation or to our apartments for USD 100 (for 1-3 person) and 150 USD (for a group of 4-12 people) one way. Playa del Carmen is a 60-70 minute drive from Cancun.
In addition, the airport has air-conditioned ADO buses that leave for Playa del Carmen, every 30 minutes, they can travel 1.5 hours, but cost USD 12. If you plan to travel independently with your rental car during your stay, we recommend that you book your car online before arrival.
Where should I stay for easier Mexico Cave Diving Experience with you?
We are located north of Playa del Carmen, one block from the main road (karatera), 3 minutes drive from the beach. For your convenience we usually recommend that you stay in hotels or apartments close to us. There are many local accommodation options, from hostels to apartments, cheap and decent private hotels and boutique hotels. All of them just a few minutes drive from our dive center. Self-catering apartments and luxury villas are located in the Playacar area and in Puerto Aventuras.
The beach area has all the “eco-posh” hotels that typically cost USD 200-700 per night, although great online rental deals can be made during the low season. The beach is only 800 m from the dive center. The beaches as far north as Cancun and south to Tulum are mostly all-inclusive resorts, a good option for families, especially those with small children. Good deals, including airfare, can certainly be found through your travel agent. If you need our help let us know what you are looking for and we will help you.
What is the weather on the Riviera Maya?
The weather on the Riviera Maya is usually amazing and there are only two seasons. The cooler and drier season ranges from November to April. At this time of the year, heat and humidity are significantly reduced. Although of course there may be rain, but it comes very quickly and leaves just as quickly. The average temperature during the dry season is around 27º degrees. A pleasant sea breeze often blows from the sea and keeps the weather in perfect order.
The warm and humid season ranges from May to October. Heavy rainfall usually occurs at night and can last for hours or just a few minutes. One benefit of this is that tropical storms tend to bring temperatures down to a comfortable level and usually end very quickly. Northerly winds can make the weather cloudy and humid for several days. The average temperature during the wet season around 31º Celsius. The hurricane season usually falls between June and October. Although hurricanes are common in the Caribbean, they rarely reach the coast of our little paradise, and while cave diving we will feel quite safe underground 😉
The traditional series of holidays called “high season” lasts from late October to May, and this season is filled with divers and tourists. The rest of the year it’s a more relaxed atmosphere and luckily for us there will be the opportunity to dive in the caves for ourself.
What is the water temp while Mexico Cave Diving?
The average water temperature in the caves is around 25ºC.
Is there anything but Mexico Cave Diving?
We are often surprised when we hearing questions like this, but this… Riviera Maya is 120 km of white sand beaches, rolling waves of the Caribbean Sea, swimming at the best beaches, kite boarding or just relaxing with a cold mojito “may” distract your thinking that maybe the best cave diving in the world is here 🙂 In order not to fall out of the cultural life, you can visit the stunning Mayan ruins in Tulum, the pyramid that you can climb in Kobe and the world famous one of wonders of the world Chichen Itza is just a few hours drive from us.
A scenic boat ride along the ancient Mayan waterways at Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve is a great way to spend half an hour spotting manatees, crocodiles and numerous bird species. There is always the opportunity to paddle a kayak in beautiful lagoons, adventure parks and eco-tours for outdoor enthusiasts. For those seeking solitude and inner peace, yoga and meditation are an integral part of the Mayan Riviera style, with a wide variety of studios.
Is there any Ocean Diving?
Are you kidding? The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is over 1,000 km long and second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Although the “middle” part of the reef is considered shallow, there are vertical walls from 35 to 100m+ with excellent visibility, good currents and the opportunity to see large pelagic fish species. This is best done with a good dose of Trimix and DPV 🙂
What should I bring with me for Mexico Cave Diving?
In addition to the necessary diving equipment and a sense of humor, it would be wise to bring a towel, hat, and insect and mosquito repellant, especially during the warm and humid season. Plenty of fluids to keep you hydrated and keep the diver’s body hydrated, as well as a packed lunch and biscuits to help you fuel up on a long tiring day (especially during training).
What water can I drink here?
YES (as long as it is not tap water). We all drink purified bottled water, all water in restaurants and bars is purified, as is ice. So fear not, your frozen margarita is perfectly safe 🙂
What medical facilities available locally?
Several good hospitals are located in the center of Playa del Carmen, there is an emergency hospital and a 24-hour Red Cross station, as well as numerous clinics and pharmacies. There are 2 pressure chambers in Playa del Carmen. Medical and diving insurance is always a good idea if things go awry…
What is the best way to pay for Mexico Cave Diving and other local services?
Cash is always a priority, we accept USD exchange for our diving services. Payment can be made by bank transfer via Zelle or Pay Pal as a prepayment. Local establishments (restaurants / bars, etc.) prefer pesos, dollars are usually accepted, but at a lower rate. Some restaurants may not accept credit cards. ATM machines are mainly located on 5 avenida and give out dollars, the rest of the ATMs give out pesos and are in sufficient quantity.