Scuba Diving Tulum

Scuba Diving Tulum: Everything You Need To Know

The quaint beachside town of Tulum is the perfect Mexican combination of relaxation and adventure. Whether you want to explore the old Mayan ruins, immerse yourself in the small town’s culture, or relax in the sun, Tulum has you covered.

Located south of Playa on the Riviera Maya, Tulum offers an abundance of adventure and relaxation opportunities as well as a small cultural town to explore. Plenty for everyone!

Its prime location in the Caribbean Sea also makes it a great choice for scuba divers! Scuba diving Tulum promises some of the world’s best diving, featuring great marine diversity and incredible water conditions, offering something for all levels of diver.

Scuba Diving Tulum

What’s Good About Tulum Diving?

It’s no secret that the Caribbean Sea is home to some incredible world-class scuba diving, and Tulum puts you right on the edge of the action! This small town has something to offer for divers of all capabilities. Here are some of our favorite things about diving in Tulum.

Great Water Conditions

With its convenient location on the Riviera Maya, Tulum grants easy access to the finest diving the Caribbean Sea has to offer.

The Caribbean waters offer great visibility and warm waters year-round making it great for first-timers. There are also some more varied conditions such as rapid drift dives for the more capable divers.

Incredible Marine Biodiversity

Diving in Mexico gives you an excellent opportunity to experience the underwater world in all of its glory and discover all of the beautiful marine life that inhabits it.

From whale shark encounters, to patrolling dolphins, to an array of colorful reef fish. The Caribbean water surrounding Mexico offers a multitude of opportunities for the marine biology geeks among us!

Enviable Dive Sites

Mexico holds some prime real estate when it comes to diving. Beneath the surface, you’ll find a plethora of unique sites including reefs, tunnels, and wrecks offering something for divers of all abilities.

What’s more, Mexico offers some brilliant cenote diving and an underwater museum. The likes of which you won’t find anywhere else in the world!

Tulum Scuba Certification

Scuba Certification

There’s no requirement to be certified to dive the waters of Mexico. Moreover, there are many tour operators that cater to those of all levels of ability, no problem for a first-time diver. Thanks to the favorable conditions that the Caribbean waters offer, there are plenty of beginner-friendly and easily accessible dive sites to get your flippers wet for the first time.

Having said that, it’s always recommended to get scuba certified to give yourself the best, most enjoyable diving experience possible. While you’ll have a great time scuba diving Tulum as a first-time diver, there’s a lot you can miss out on without the extra confidence and diving experience, such as the more challenging cenotes and wrecks.

If you’re looking to get scuba certified during your Tulum vacation, there are plenty of diving schools available to choose from to complete your open water certification. Check out our recommended course below!

In addition, becoming scuba certified will help you feel more comfortable and confident underwater. This leads to maximum enjoyment and safety from your diving experience and something worth considering.

Tulum Scuba Diving Requirements

Scuba Diving Safety

Mexico doesn’t have any specific laws or regulations with regards to diving. Though, there is a 16% levy on all diving activities in Mexico. As always, tour operators state that you must be in good physical condition and have some swimming ability. Children must be at least 10 years old to scuba dive with a tour operator.

With that said, it’s always highly recommended to have a dive buddy when you’re out scuba diving in the waters of the Caribbean, as it is anywhere else. This is particularly the case if you’re out diving without a tour operator or guide. In this situation, it’s also good practice to make use of diver down flags.

Best Diving Sites in Tulum

Tulum acts as a great jump-off point for diving the Yucatan Peninsula and gives easy access to the best cenote diving that Mexico has to offer. Here are some of our favorite dive sites accessible from Tulum.

Casa Cenote

Cave Diving

Shining turquoise waters, crystal clear views, and mangrove filtered sunshine… it’s all waiting for you at Casa Cenote. 

Casa Cenote was once called Casa Manatee, and while you won’t catch sight of any manatees today, you’ll see plenty of other wildlife. The Mangroves are home to thousands of hatching fish, the Osprey are numerous, and if you’re lucky you’ll catch sight of the “friendly” alligator rumored to hang around. 

Once you enter the clear pool, you’re in for a relaxing dive. Casa Cenote is fed by a long, meandering river that runs through the jungle and connects the San Actun to the ocean. The San Actun is one of the longest underwater cave systems of the Yucatan. 

The most breathtaking part of this dive is the underwater river effect created by the freshwater of the river mixing in with the saltwater of the ocean. 

If this sounds ideal to you, be sure to check out our recommended diving package experience below!

Cenote Dos Ojos

Cozumel Dive

Rightfully named the “two eyes”, Dos Ojos is a two for one deal on the cenote dive circuit. Located on the Caribbean coast just a bit north of Tulum, Dos Ojos is composed of two sinkholes connected by a 400-meter underwater corridor. 

While both offer crystal clear water and beautiful underwater views, each dive site offers a unique experience. The Bat Cave is a little darker, and as the name implies, you’ll probably catch sight of some bats hanging around near the top. Even in the lower light, the clear water gives you great visibility. 

Barbie line offers a ton of natural light and high visibility. The sunlight filtering through the trees and cave gives a light show like no other. 

Gran Cenote

Underwater Rocks

Often called the “garden cenote”, Gran Cenote in Tulum, Mexico has a plethora of plant life along the bottom and cave walls. 

The stunningly clear water gives you clear views of the marine life and beautiful cave walls. Whether you want a relaxing refresher in the pool or you’re looking for a cave dive like no other, Gran Cenote has it all. 

You’ll catch sight of turtles, bats, and an array of fish. The light shining from above plays beautifully on the rock formations and provides high visibility for divers. Even before you’re fully submerged, you’ll see stalagmites and stalactites around the circular shaped cenote. 

It’s an easy dive, and even easier to get to. Gran Cenote is located just outside Tulum and it’s just off the road. 

Check out our recommended experience below for more details.

Best Time to go Diving in Tulum

There’s no bad time to dive the Caribbean, boasting warm water with great conditions year-round. Mexico has something to offer every diver no matter what the time of year. Around Tulum, you’ll find water temperatures between 78 and 82ºF.

The most popular time to visit Mexico is December to April. This is high season so it’s important to book early to ensure you don’t miss out.

If you’re looking for something specific, conditions for cenote diving are best between May and September. On the other hand, June-September is best for spotting whale sharks.

How Much Does Scuba Diving Cost in Tulum?

If you’re looking at booking a dive package experience through a tour company in Tulum, you’ll find prices between $100-$200. The prices generally include gear rental and levy’s so there are no extra fees.

In addition, a PADI Open Water Certification will set you back around $450, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Scuba Diving Gear in Tulum

Scuba Gear

There are plenty of dive shops situated in the beachside town of Tulum as its diving scene is growing in popularity. This means gear rental is always an option.

It’s worth noting, you’re left with one less thing to think about when going with a diving package from a guided tour operator as all equipment and gear are included.

However, buying your own gear might be ideal for you if you’re a more keen and experienced diver!

Be sure to check out our buyer’s guides if you’re looking for scuba gear. There you’ll find all of our top recommendations for a range of scuba gear.

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