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Playa Scuba Dive Center
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Owner description: "Playa Scuba Dive Center" in downtown Playa del Carmen is a "Boutique Dive Center" run by the owner Klaus, offers small, personal dive trips exploring the exciting reefs in Playa del Carmen, or amazing coral structures in Cozumel and mystic dives in the crystal clear waters of sacred Mayan Cenotes. Shark diving with Bull sharks and Whale shark encounters are the specialty of Playa Scuba. Small groups of four scuba divers in Cenotes or up to five divers in Playa del Carmen or Cozumel reefs. PADI courses from Discover Scuba to Dive Master. Eco land tours to Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Belize
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Family of four took Open Water Referral course with instructor Sunny. We had our pool session back at home several months ago, so our skills were very rough. However, Sunny explained to us very thoroughly of everything we were to expect in the water during the briefing. Our first day was at a reef 5-10 minutes off the beach of Playa del Carmen. Unusual winds in April made our dive conditions not the best, but we still had a great experience. One of us panicked in the water when water came in through her regulator, but Sunny was very quick to react and calmed her down right away. We had a chance to see a stingray and a flying fish. We went to Eden cenote on the second day and had a great experience as well. Also the staffs at the shop are very friendly. Klaus is very relaxed and gave us a few laughs. I definitely recommend Playa Scuba. Thank you Sunny!

1  Thank jinspark
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playascuba, Manager at Playa Scuba Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Thank you for your nice review , we at Playa Scuba Dive Center are glad to have made a positive impact on your vacation and hope you will not forget us and allow us to show you more of our exciting surroundings scuba diving in Playa del Carmen in the near future

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

My husband and I did 6 dives with Playa Scuba and they get high marks. For the ocean dives it's a short walk down to the beach where the boat picks you up. It's just the two guys maning the boat, the instructor and no more then 4 divers. This is no frills get in the water and and have fun diving which is just what we wanted. If you want a dry towel and snacks between dives, look elsewhere. We dove with Eri and Sonny who were excellent guides. They both gave very good briefings with lots of information and they made sure everyone was safe. The highlight of the trip was the Cenote dive with Sonny. We went in his car and he stopped to pick up some great roadside quesadilla's for our lunch. It felt like a roadtrip with a friend. I've been diving around the world and the cenote was a totally unique experience. There is nothing like diving between stalactites and stalagmites! We surfaced in an airpocket and got to look back further in the cave. It looked like a mini Carlsbad Caverns. Things to know: cash only, nothing on the boat but your dive gear, if your diving again you can leave your gear in the shop, and don't forget to tip!!

1  Thank kmuchmore
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

After looking on the web at many dive shops in Playa Del Carmen - the one that we thought the best was Playa Scuba. We were not disappointed!. We did the 6 dive package and also upgraded to our AOW qualification. Cenotes with Mathius, Playa with Eri and then Cozumel again with Mathius. We had a great time and were looked after every step of the way. Met Klaus and Luis too - the main aim for these guys is to ensure you are safe and have a great experience. Would go back and dive with them again.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

The staff was excellent, professional, and very helpful. The gear was in great shape. The dive locations were all top notch. The instructor for our Open Water Referral dives was very good. Also the group sizes were just right (about 4 or 5), frequently, above and below water we would see groups of 10-14 divers flailing about, and we were glad that our group was smaller. We had such a good experience that within 2 days of getting home to Canada, we planned to come back at Christmas to dive with these guys again!

2  Thank ChrisHoban
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

My boyfriend and I decided to do our PADI Open Water referral dives with Playa Scuba. We were extremely happy with our choice!

We went out in small groups each day with other dives (our largest group was 5 of us plus the instructor). I really enjoyed the small group experience - I saw other groups at the dive sites that seemed quite large, so I was glad to be diving with only a few people.

The instructor was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and overall excellent. She structured the dives so that our first dive was "worry free" and we just got to enjoy our very first dive in the ocean without worrying about completing any skills. This was appreciated, as it gave us a chance to get comfortable with our gear and with being 40 feet underwater. Then, she introduced the skills over the next 3 dives. We also appreciated that she chose different dive sites for each dive, so we got to see a range of underwater terrain.

The boat crew was efficient, helping each diver out quickly and setting everything up before we even had a chance to start setting anything up ourselves! They seemed to always know what to do and who needed help with what.

The rental gear (wetsuit, BCD, mask, etc.) was all in very good condition.

Finally, the processing of the Open Water certification was practically immediate - as soon as we returned to the shop, they submitted our certification online for us and provided our temporary card.

I am very satisfied with Playa Scuba, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone who wants a small group experience and personalized attention. I plan on diving with them again this December - I can't wait!

2  Thank sheenaneedscoffee
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playascuba, Manager at Playa Scuba Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Thank you for your nice review , we at Playa Scuba Dive Center are glad to have made a positive impact on your vacation and hope you will not forget us and allow us to show you more of our exciting surroundings scuba diving in Playa del Carmen

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