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RIVIERA MAYA: Cozumel Reef, Magical Cenotes, and Bull Sharks Adventure

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Mexican Caribbean offers ideal conditions for diving on the world's second-largest coral reef surrounding the island Cozumel, encounters with bull sharks in Playa del Carmen, and breathtaking dives in natural deep-water wells called cenotes.

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Location
Duration
Price

Riviera Maya

10 days

2700 eur

Available dates 

11.12. - 20.12. 2022   SOLD OUT

7.1. - 16.1. 2023

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About this Trip

 
  • Guests: max 6 people

  • Duration: 10 days

  • Boat: small boat

  • Number of dives: 13 (days in the water: 6)

  • Food: breakfast, lunch, and snacks included

  • Conditions: outside temperature: 30°C, water temperature: 25°C

  • Skill requirement: OWD, comfortable underwater

  • Pick up location: Cancun airport 

  • Accommodation: Hotels Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. Rooms for two. Private room on request. 

Beautiful expedition full of interactions with marine life in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Ocean.

 

Our journey will begin on the Caribbean island of Cozumel, along which stretches the Great Mesoamerican Reef Barrier, the second largest coral reef in the world. We will have two days with a total of five dives, where we will be able to observe countless species of tropical fish, large eagle rays, sea turtles, and nurse sharks. We will spend the third day in Punta Sur National Park which is surrounded by white sand beach and in its lagoons live crocodiles and flamingos.

 

We will spend the second part of the expedition in the mainland part of the Riviera Maya, which is famous for its water reservoirs called cenotes that are filled with groundwater and rainwater. We will enjoy four dives in these magical natural deep-water wells.

 

For the last part of our adventure, we will enjoy two days of dives with the majestic bull sharks females that come to this area before they head to a secret place to give birth to the next generation of sharks. To encounter these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an experience of a lifetime.

 

Our mission is to protect the underwater world, educate people of all generations and explore the treasures the ocean hides in its depths. Our conservation activities are our top priority and we fund them through expeditions like this, and if you join us, you will help us move our vision one step further.

 

Wildlife Highlights

 
  • Eagle rays, sea turtles, groupers, moray eels, barracudas, nurse sharks and colourful tropical reef fish on Cozumel island

  • Two days of dives with female bull sharks near Playa del Carmen

  • Vibrant sponges and corals of the Mesoamerican Reef Barrier

  • Octopuses, crabs, and sepias during the night dive on Cozumel

  • Flamingos and crocodiles in the Punta Sur National Park

  • Encounter with crocodile in Angelita cenote

  • Birds like pelicans, frigates, heronsin  Isla Blanca

ITINERARY:

 

Day 1 

Arrival in Cancun, transfer to Cozumel Island

We will pick you up at the airport in Cancun, we will drive to Playa del Carmen and take a ferry to the Caribbean island of Cozumel.

• Accommodation: hotel, island Cozumel

 

 

Day 2

Cozumel - diving

Cozumel Island is surrounded by a beautiful coral reef. We will enjoy two dives full of countless species of fish, colorful corals, and encounters with sea turtles and nurse sharks. The water here is crystal clear and the visibility is consistently excellent.

• Accommodation: hotel, island Cozumel

 

Day 3

Cozumel – diving

Cozumel is a place with one of the most beautiful underwater worlds on our planet and we will explore it even more during today’s two more dives. Drift diving with swim-throughs full of tropical fish. January is also the peak season for eagle rays, which grow to a width of up to 3 meters. In the evening we will have the opportunity for a night dive, where we will observe octopuses, squids, and vibrant underwater nightlife.

• Accommodation: hotel, island Cozumel

 

Day 4

Punta Sur National Park

Punta Sur National Park is located on the southern tip of the island and its lagoons are home to countless species of rare birds and other animals, including crocodiles and flamingos. The park is surrounded by a white sand beach from which we can snorkel. In the evening we will move to the accommodation on the mainland of the Mayan Riviera.

• Accommodation: hotel, Playa del Carmen

 

Day 5

Cenotes Dos Ojos and The Pit

We will pick you up in the morning and we will head to the cenotes. The first location, cenotes Dos Ojos, are two connected wells with crystal clear water. Visibility here is so perfect that you might feel like you are flying in between the stalactites in a weightless state. In the second location, cenote The Pit, we will be able to observe a beautiful cloud formed by hydrogen sulfide and sunbeams penetrating the depths of the cenote. 

• Accommodation: hotel, Playa del Carmen

 

Day 6

Cenotes Angelita and Carwash

Our second day of exploring the cenotes. At first glance, Cenote Angelita looks like a lake in the middle of the jungle. But at a depth of 30m, it hides a dreamy cloud of hydrogen sulfide, which gives the place a magical atmosphere of a gate to another dimension. Carwash is a cenote full of water lilies and thousands of small fishes. During our dive here we will explore a big cavern with stalactites and beautiful views of the turquoise waters in the cenote full of bright sunbeams.  

• Accommodation: hotel, Playa del Carmen

 

Day 7 - 8

Bull sharks encounters

Every year, female bull sharks come to Playa del Carmen and we will have the opportunity to dive with them and observe them in their natural habitat. These predators can reach up to 3,3 m in length. What’s interesting about this location is a fact that only pregnant females stay here, before they leave to a secret place where they give birth to the next generation of sharks. Playa del Carmen is one of the most famous places for diving with bull sharks and we will enjoy two dives with them each day. We will observe these apex predators and your guide will tell you all about their behavior and why are they indispensable for our healthy oceans. Bull sharks are protected in Playa del Carmen.

• Accommodation: hotel, Playa del Carmen

 

Day 9

Riviera Maya – White sand beach

We will spend the last day of our expedition by relaxing on a white sand beach. 

• Accommodation:  hotel, Playa del Carmen

 

Day 10

End of the expedition, transfer to the airport or your accommodation in Riviera Maya.

GALLERY