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PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen
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PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen

By ScubaCaribe
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$129.00
per adult
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$129.00
per adult

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Ages 10-70, max of 8 per group
Duration: 4h
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Mobile ticket
English, Spanish


  • 1 theory session
  • 1 pool session
  • 1 open water dive from the boat at a local reef in front of Playa del Carmen
  • Full scuba diving equipment
  • Instruction & guidance by professional PADI Instructor
  • Drinking water
  • English & Spanish, other languages on request
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • IMPORTANT!!! When booking, please state the full name of your hotel. Based on this information, we will provide you with the correct meeting point and time.
  • Starbucks Playacar, P.º Xaman - Ha Manzana 25 Lote 19, Zona 4, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico IMPORTANT!!! When booking, please state the full name of your hotel. Based on this information, we will provide you with the correct meeting point and time.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 32516P1

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • Diving within 24 hours of flying is not recommended.
  • Please preview ScubaCaribe's medical questionnaire to ensure that you are fit for diving, in case you require a medical statement from your doctor.
  • Medical questionnaire
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen?
PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen price starts from $129.00. Discover and book PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen on Tripadvisor
What is the PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen cancellation policy?
PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen on Tripadvisor
Which company provides PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen?
PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen is hosted by ScubaCaribe. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact ScubaCaribe on Tripadvisor. Discover and book PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen?
On average, this experience will take approximately 4h. Discover and book PADI Discover Scuba Diving in Playa del Carmen on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 32516P1

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

O7822TBmarilynr
O7822TBmarilynr
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Diving at Playa del Carmen
I dove with Mario 4 times this visit. He was tremendously supportive and knowledgeable. The dive shop and instructo
marliemuis77
marliemuis77
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Great time with Scuba Caribe in Playa del Carmen ❤
Had a great time diving with Scuba Caribe in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The first day, I did a refresh course with
oleksandrk392
oleksandrk392
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Great diving holiday
Thank you very much to Scuba Caribe Mexico at Playa Del Carmen (Riu Palace hotel) branch for my diving holiday. We
alexsh25
alexsh25
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Unforgettable Playa diving experience!
I did about 10 divings with Scuba Caribe during my 1 week vacation in Riu, including the diving with bull sharks an
KatieUnderwood
KatieUnderwood
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Great scuba diving experience!
We used ScubaCaribe to do a local scuba dive and then 2 dives off cozumel, and all 3 dives were great! Martha (? Di
TimberNagy
TimberNagy
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Fantastic
We did the party boat cruise with Nelson and Victor. It was a great time. There was music, snorkelling, natural poo
P3910VGmichielv
P3910VGmichielv
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Rescue Diver Course, Excellent Experience
I really enjoyed my advanced open water with these guys last year, I have been on a couple of trips elsewhere since
950kevino
950kevino
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Kevin and Danial
We had an amazing diving vacation! Started our first day booking all of our 9days of diving with a very helpfull pe
PascalD2465
PascalD2465
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Great diving local,cozumel,cenotes with a correct and helpfull company
I dived 9 times on my vacation with scubacaribe. At the office located @ RIU riviera maya are john and his co worke
JKENN1958
JKENN1958
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Excellent Experience
Had a great time with Scuba Caribe. Waters conditions were not ideal due to a tropical system that had passed throu
377essieg
377essieg
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Scuba Diving
The best place to certificated. Pierre and Billy were my instructors and I couldn’t have had better instructors. Le
Nicholas B
Nicholas B
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Disappointing - be careful if you are an experienced diver
Dived with Scuba Caribe from the Riu Palace Riviera Maya hotel in Playacar. If you are an experienced diver and lo
taylordshortt
taylordshortt
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Water Taxi - Cabo San Lucas
Wonderful experience with Scuba Caribe! We booked our water taxi through Hotel Riu (excellent hotel!!) and had Nach
jesspTRAVEL
jesspTRAVEL
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SO FUN! Snorkeling in Los Cabos
My boyfriend and I booked a snorkeling excursion through Riu Palace in Los Cabos and had an AWESOME time! We got to
soniaw285
soniaw285
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Trip swimming with turtles
We booked from RUi Caribe near pool went on a trip to swim with turtles cost a fortune ! Took 2 hours to get there
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Andy M
Epsom, UK16 contributions
Have dived before but not for 15 years so booked a refresher course for my wife and I and an intro course for our 14 year old son. Our instructor Mathilde Lacaze was amazing, took time to refresh my skills and teach our son how to dive, she then took us on two brilliant dives. We had such a great experience that my son has now signed up to do his open water course here because he enjoyed it and felt safe and confident, Mathilde really looked after him and has got him hooked !!! Throughly recommend the course and Mathilde, many thanks
Written July 22, 2022
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Mathilde is a bright star among the galaxy of instructors! And it's an honor for ScubaCaribe Playa del Carmen she to be part of our team. We're so thrilled to have inspired your son to get certified! And Andy, thanks so much for choosing us for your return to diving... These are the reasons why we love doing what we do. :D We can't wait to dive with you and your family again!
Written July 23, 2022
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Jason F
8 contributions
Aug 2022
Wife and I had not dived for 25 years and our daughter never. So we did a joint refresh and discover scuba together with Dani who PADI instructor at the Playacar dive shop. He was brilliant and made us all very comfortable and feeling safe. The first open water dive was a bit of a challenge with the drop off the boat into some mid to strong current. Dani dealt with the situation extremely well and got us all down to the safe depth for my rookie daughter who we expanded the Discover Scuba to PADI Suba Diver certificate
Dive sites were not the best we have seen but were perfect for our needs as a new diver and 2 very rusty divers.
Another member of Scuba Caribe team, Jose, followed the dive with a good camera and took some fab shots and vids of our first ever dive together, giving us visuals of our treasured memoires to take away.
All staff were absolutely lovely, the Dive shop very relaxed in a good spot on the beach. All the equipment was in good condition.
Highly recommend checking them out if you are in that region looking for a dive shop.
Written August 31, 2022
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Jason, we're happy to read that you found more than what you were looking for. It's fulfilling you have enjoyed this welcoming experience with your family and we would love you share your amazing captured memories to us and our community. We pledge to let our teammates know about your rewarding comments. :) Thank you for appreciating and supporting all the effort that goes into making this business a treasure for our guests.
Written September 1, 2022
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LawrenceM-Writer
Launceston, UK109 contributions
Jul 2022
Took a couple of guided dives from the Riu Yucatan onto the reef near Playa del Carmen. This stretch of coast, indeed Playa del Carmen itself, have changed beyond all recognition. Thankfully, the reef remains a thing of natural beauty.

I hadn't dived for a few years but it was the first time underwater for my two teenage girls. A discovery dive therefore made sense so we all share some special moments together. Anyway, I can't remember our guide's name of the top of my head but he was a really cool, friendly Spanish guy who took us down to see coral, fishes, turtles, and a rare spotted eel.

Very friendly, very chilled gang on the dive boat and the whole experience was awesome. Would wholeheartedly recommend diving with these guys!
Written August 22, 2022
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Lawrence, we're excited that your return to diving has been amazing and hand in hand with our instructor Pau Aguilella (Friendly reminder) ;) As we wrap up our day, one of our priorities is for us to have created a beautiful collection of memorable moments with the persons you love the most... And we did this together! From the bottom of our hearts, thanks for making us so big. <3
Written August 24, 2022
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Noel
Limerick Junction, Ireland44 contributions
I stayed in the Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya.
I booked scuba dive for the following morning.
Book with the sales guy at the pool.
I arrived down in the morning and the sales guy and equipment guy was there but no instructor turned up. I was left waiting 2 hours for an instructor. Completed instruction.
Then told come back after lunch as there was no morning dive set up.
When book I was told it was a morning dive an finished by lunch, with messed up evening plans with my new wife. On honeymoon.
The dive it's self went well and I really enjoyed it. But the days organization was terrible.

My wife and I book to swim with whale sharks.
We were picked up my wife informed the instructor that she cannot swim and never snorkeled before. Instructor put her at ease by promising that life jacket and he would take care of her and instruct her every step of the way.
Just before boats left the instructors swapped boats.
My wife informed the new instructor she cannot swim and never snorkeled before and he told her, you better learn fast. He spent he's time enjoying himself and was not bordered with the paying guests.
To make things worse I sat beside the boat engine and the carbon monoxide fumes were making everyone feel sick. And made me very sick, to the pint of getting sick over the side of the boat and going in and out of consciousness.
I spent a couple of hours getting sick and going unconscious. The instructor never paid any attention to me. My wife was very upset. Even the boat driver showed consern for me. I was unconscious until the boat stop at a beach to let the people swim. My wife moved me to the front of the boat away from the engines and within 20 minutes I started to recover. The other guest told the instructor to take me back to land for help. Long before we got back I was completely fine again. But the other guest that went back to set beside the engines started to feel sick from engine carbon monoxide.
We wrote a 3 page complaint and gave it to sales staff with our room number, email and contact details. We were told manager would be in touch.
After a week we heard nothing. The day we were to travel home I had give up, but my wife said no, you could have died I am going down. She went down and after they stringed her along and tried to fob us off, they gave us half our money back and two t shirts that would fit a 5 year old child.
They wanted to waste time until we were going home.
They wasted 3 days of my honeymoon, upset my wife and put my life danger.
The instructor we had was a disgrace.
Written July 8, 2018
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Philip K
Coleraine, UK9 contributions
This is my 9 time doing discover scuba diving, I've been lucky enough to have done it in quite a few places around the world , this by far was the worst I put it down to the instructor as I've been out with quiet a few before I have a fair idea of what's good one should do. I took my girlfriend with me who had been once before in another country with me and loved it as the instructor was very helpful in guiding her around were as here she wasn't even helped at all while the scuba instructor just swam in front not giving a dam just wanting the thing done in me eyes, giving my partner a terrible experience I was having to try and help her myself even tho I'm not even qualified to I could clearly see she was struggling and needed help. Far to many people as well at the one time which didn't matter to the instructor because he wasn't interested. Myself and my girlfriend went snorkeling a few days before this had a far better experience and seen far more. The only reason I'm not giving this one star is the instructor that we had at the start was very good doing the skills so this is y I'm just hoping it hasn't put my girlfriend off doing it again because of one man's inability to do his job
Written July 18, 2019
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Reservation M
Dear PhilipK, Thank you very much for your comments. Our team is eager to provide their guests with the best service, hence, we apologize if we did not meet your expectations on this trip. Please PM us your email address for further details and follow up with the concerned department. Warmest regards, Your ScubaCaribe Team
Written July 19, 2019
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sr7304
Windsor, Canada3 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
I booked a discover dive for my son and I while staying at the Riu Tequila. My son has his Padi certification for open water dive and this was the first dive for me. We met with Emily in the morning. She was fantastic at going over everything with me and refreshing my son as he hadn't dived in over a year. I was a bit nervous but she made me feel comfortable and took her time with me.
In the afternoon with met with Katy. At this time we learned that we were going to be diving with 2 others who had to be tested for their PADI certification.
Katy was excellent at comforting me to get me to descend. She initially told me she was going to go down with me. But she deflated my BAC and I went down to the bottom of the ocean on my own, where i waited for everyone else to join me..
It was explained the dive would be for approximately 45 minutes.
The water was not very clear and there was not much more than a few school of fish to see.
We had to stop for 5-7 minutes while Katy tested the students cutting into the dive time.
Approximately 30 minutes into the dive one of the students left the group. After gathering for 2 minutes he could not be located. We ascended to the surface without making any stops to equalize for decompression.
The lost diver had surfaced on his own and the dive ended.
Given that we paid for a 45 minute dive it was a bit disappointing that the dive was used to test other students and was cut short by nearly 1/3 of the dive time.
When I later explained to Cecilio who sold us the dive package, he basically just said, "sorry to hear that and thanks for letting me know."
I know they have no control over the sea life that will be available at the time of the dive but when putting everything together my son and I were disappointed.
My advice for people, if you sign up for the discover dive insist that you are not grouped with people there to be tested for their certification.
Written April 1, 2018
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Ed C
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Solo
First dive ever, was an excellent experience. Beautiful water, coral and fish!
Laura and Matilda are great instructors.
Written June 15, 2022
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Thank you Ed for making ScubaCaribe your first choice, your trust and confidence in us are sincerely appreciated and we're happy we had served you the best. :D We hope you join us again!
Written June 16, 2022
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Eric J
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
Amazing trip!! Matilda was the best instructor/ guide!! Patient and very fun!! She ROCKS!!! We had the best time. We will definitely book and adventure.
Written March 21, 2022
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708lois
Louisville, KY5 contributions
Oct 2019
We recently returned from Playa del Carman and had a wonderful diving experience with Scuba Caribe. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Our dive instructor,Javier, was very knowledgeable. While diving he pointed out lots of sea life such as seahorses and moray eels that we might of otherwise missed. My son is new to diving and this experience has him talking about a return trip!
Written October 14, 2019
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Hi 708lois, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. ScubaCaribe is a place where the genuine care and comfort of our guests is our highest priority. We hope to welcome you again in the near future. Warmest regards, Your ScubaCaribe Team
Written January 23, 2020
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wingy96
Belfast, UK4 contributions
Wow!!!
Me and my partner had the discovery diving experience today with Loth, we enjoyed every minute. What a professional service from all staff involved. We felt at ease immediately around Loth and the team, information was extremely well presented and we instantly knew we were in safe hands. The practice in the pool really put us at ease as first time divers.
In the ocean everything was as Loth explained, but we did not expect the beauty that was beneath the waves. Seeing the turtles was the highlight for us both. A truly breathtaking, relaxing and all round amazing experience!, a must do if staying in playacar!!

Thank you Scuba Caribe
Maria and Caoilin
Written September 8, 2019
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