3. Discover The Hidden Gem of Jardines Reef Near Playa Del Carmen
Discover the shallow-depth jewel that is the Jardines Reef. Located near Playa del Carmen, this impressive reef boasts a small wall of coral and sponges that is 2 meters tall and houses small caves and shelters where marine life thrives.
The Jardines Reef is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful shallow dive sites that we have explored from the Playa del Carmen base at Dressel Divers. With its calm waters and little to no current, diving here is a relaxing experience that requires no effort.
You will be surprised by the vibrant variety of marine life here. From the elusive green moray eels hiding in its crevices to the fascinating trunkfish and the colorful parrotfish party, you will be amazed at each new discovery. And let’s not forget the magnificent angel fish that show their beauty throughout the reef.
And that’s not all, the lobster, scorpionfish, and trumpetfish call this reef home, as well as schools of snappers and grunts. Here, you can even enjoy occasional sightings of barracudas. Not to mention the possibility of spotting turtles or bull sharks during the winter months.
And the best part? Your camera will enjoy natural light to take photos of all that life. At only 12 meters/40 feet from the surface, you will be surrounded by beauty at the Jardines Reef of Playa del Carmen. Trust us, this is a dive site you won’t want to miss!
4. Dive into Adventure at the Mama Viña Wreck: One of the Riviera Maya’s Best-Kept Secrets!
Mama Viña was once a shrimp boat intentionally sunk in 1995 to create an artificial reef for snorkelers. However, Mother Nature had other plans, and a hurricane dragged it away, giving us divers this amazing dive site. Today, Mama Viña is a thriving underwater paradise filled with diverse marine life, including groupers, barracudas, and turtles. In addition to the permanent residents, we’re talking about the Atlantic spadefish. And if you’re lucky enough to dive there during the winter, you might even see a bull shark swimming around!
This wreck has its deeper parts lying around 28m/100ft and the deck at around 15m/50ft.
Mama Viña is located across the current and offers a medium level of difficulty for divers.
At Dressel Divers, we will start our dive at the bow, facing the south-north current, and taking advantage of it by making three clockwise laps around the boat. On the first lap, we will go around the hull where we’re likely to see some green morays and schools of Atlantic fish. The second lap will take us to the deck where we’ll swim to the bridge. And finally, the last lap will be around the tower before ascending back to the surface. (Víctor Córdoba, Dressel Divers Course Director).
Join us on an unforgettable diving adventure and discover the beauty of the Mama Viña wreck for yourself.