Diving in Akumal takes place on the world’s second largest barrier reef. This is home to abundant coral and marine life along with three different major spur and groove formations. The deep reef starts at a depth of approximately 60 feet and extends out in finger like ridges, and drops to between 100 and 140 feet of beautiful canyons.
A second reef ranges from 50 to 70 feet in depth, making this a perfect choice for your second dive of the day. The shallow portion of the reef runs between 25 to 45 feet in depth with large Elkhorn formations. This area is ideal for photography and serves as an underwater “classroom” for students participating in training dives.
Akumal Dive Adventures prides itself in a non-invasive approach to scuba diving. We encourage visitors to enjoy this underwater paradise without impacting or touching the fragile formations. Accompanying each dive trip is our professional boat crew, including a licensed captain and PADI dive master or instructor.
We use a 26 foot Marbat dive boat with outboard motors. We will whisk you to the numerous and nearby dive sites along the coast in no time at all.
The water temperatures are always pleasant ranging between 28.8° C (84° F) in the summer months and 25.5° C (78° F) in the winter.
Equipment and Safety
Your safety is of utmost importance to us. Akumal Dive Adventures carries a full range of state-of-the-art rental equipment, including Sherwood and Scubapro regulators and buoyancy compensators to insure your safety and security while diving.
Cavern and Cenote Diving
The Yucatan Peninsula and the Rivera Maya are a mecca for cave and cavern divers from around the world. Cenotes are natural spring fed pools that lead to the underwater limestone formations beneath the jungle. There are over 1500 feet of cavern to be explored in the famous Dos Ojos Cavern where you will discover beautiful ancient stalactite and stalagmite formations while never leaving the light zone.
The water in the caverns remains a constant 23°C (75°F) year round and a wetsuit is required in order to maintain body heat while in the caverns. Tanks, weights, and belts are included in the cost of a cenote dive. Dive equipment, dive light, and wetsuit are available for rent. Cenote dives allow certified open water divers to visit the underwater world of caverns accompanied by a cave certified divemaster/instructor.
Cave certification is not necessary to explore the cenotes. Although the caves are an extensive system of tunnels and underwater rooms, the cavern zone is the first initial 200 feet of the cave entrance. Any penetration beyond the 200 feet zone is considered a “cave dive” and divers must be fully cave certified to go beyond this point.
Akumal Dive Adventure’s training facility has a qualified staff of PADI certified instructors. Our small class size allows us to tailor classes to your needs and you to learn at your own pace. We offer a variety of courses from beginner to dive master. Reservations are recommended and a deposit is required for advance bookings. Learn more about our courses on our PADI page.