There are plenty of dive shops to choose from if you want a diving adventure while visiting Playa del Carmen. On our recent visit (February 2012) we had an opportunity to exercise our choice. Great fortune landed us at Dive Mike, a modest operation with its store front a half block from the beach on Calle 8. If you visit, do not be fooled by the lack of pizzazz in advertising. Go for it – and you are in for a most satisfying experience.
My husband and I possess PADI certifications, but we had not dived in many years. Dive Mike took us through a thorough refresher course in the morning before a two-dive reef dive that afternoon. What made the whole experience the most special – and this is what I might conclude sets Dive Mike apart from the other Playa operations – is the personal attention we received. Dive Mike sends small groups out to its various dive sites, groups of four or five, each with a certified diving instructor. And what a wonderful group of instructors they are!
Two days later, unable to resist Mike’s (of Dive Mike) enthusiastic description of what it is like to dive in a cenote, we signed up for the adventure. Eschewing the most popular sites for cenote diving, Mike took us to one rarely visited by diving groups, and led us on a spectacular three-quarter mile loop in unbelievably clear, undisturbed underground river water, lasting roughly two hours round trip. We were the only diving group there, one group of three and one group of four, spacing our dive entrance far enough apart so that we did not see each other during the entire dive experience. It was as mystical and euphoric as Mike described. The light filtering through the rocky surface of the caves is awe inspiring, almost celestial, and definitely other-worldly.
The cost of the diving adventures was completely reasonable, considering that all our equipment (top-notch) was included. Dive Mike’s diving instructors are multi-lingual, too, (and not just Spanish/English/French) making your diving experience a fun, “international” adventure as well.
If you are a SCUBA diving enthusiast, Dive Mike has an amazing array of packages for you to choose from. A Dive Mike adventure is absolute quality personified.
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