Certification Weekend in Mexico

      Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

      Blue Planet Scuba
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      Jan 16 - 20, 2021
      Group size: 8 - 16
      Certification Weekend in Mexico
      Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

      Blue Planet Scuba
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      137 reviews

      Jan 16 - 20, 2021
      Group size: 8 - 16

      About this trip

      Escape the cold and join Blue Planet for a long weekend of diving in Playa del Carmen! Complete your eLearning at home and then jet off to Mexico to finish your pool work and certification dives in the warm, clear waters of the Caribbean. Our instructors will be with you every step of the way!

      Playa del Carmen

      On the eastern edge of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, divers can find the beachfront playground of Playa del Carmen in the Caribbean Sea.

      This area has something for everyone -- beautiful reefs, exciting pelagic encounters, ancient Mayan sites and otherworldly underwater sinkholes and caves known as cenotes. From the brilliant beaches and warm, turquoise waters to the upscale shopping, restaurants and nightlife in the 5th Avenue district to exhilarating snorkeling, ziplining and tours of the Tulum and Chichen Itza archeological sites, the most popular activities, attractions and things to do on the Riviera Maya are just moments away.

      The Diving

      Minimum dive certification/experience:  Perfect for beginners. A great spot to complete your Open Water Diver certification, Advanced Open Water Diver and more. 

      There's a fantastic world beneath the Mexican Caribbean's transparent waters. This is known as the Great Maya Reef, the second largest in the world, where different species of corals, multicolored tropical fish and marine flora and fauna of incomparable beauty make their home. 

      Dive sites here feature beautiful caverns and healthy reef systems off sandy shores. You’ll also have access to Cancún’s dive sites including MUSA, an underwater museum and the world-famous Isla Mujeres. Otherwise, do not miss the opportunity to dive in the glassy cenotes or perhaps head out to Cozumel or Banco Chinchorro.

      The Reef Coco Beach

      On the beachfront, three blocks from vibrant 5th Avenue shopping and nightlife, you’ll find The Reef Coco Beach. It’s intimate and relaxed here with an easygoing, all-inclusive vibe and all of the amenities expected of top hotel resorts on the Riviera Maya. So, leave your wallet at home and enjoy unlimited meals, snacks and beverages, free activities for all ages, free Wi-Fi and much more.

      We have reserved  Superior Garden View rooms including either one King or two double beds, air conditioning, a private bathroom, a hair dryer, a makeup mirror, a TV, a telephone, a mini fridge, an alarm clock, an iron and ironing board, a safety deposit box and a private balcony or terrace. 


      Round-trip flights to Cancun are around $300 and go up from there. You should plan to arrive at the Cancun airport on Saturday, January 16th. When leaving, choose any flight that leaves after 1 PM on the 20th. Please contact the shop before booking your flights. 

      Interested in extending your trip or diving the world-famous cenotes? Let us know! 

      Cancellation Policy

      Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 

      Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

      What’s included

      • 4 nights accommodations
        Single or shared rooms available.
      • Open Water certification
        A Blue Planet instructor will work with you to complete your pool training and certification dives on the trip.
      • All meals
        Full service breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet plus a snack bar and tea time. Choice of domestic alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks at various bars.
      • 6 dives
        3 days x 2-tank ocean dives.
      • Scuba equipment
        Tanks and weights provided on site. Rental BCDs, regulators, computers and wetsuits from Blue Planet included.
      • Airport transfers
        Roundtrip transfer from Cancun airport to hotel.
      • Flights
        International flights to Cancun.
      • Tips
        Tips for the boat's excellent crew and your instructors.

      Available Packages

      Open Water Diver Student, Double Occ.

      Double occupancy in a Standard room with one king or two double beds, bathroom, air conditioning, television, etc.


      Bringing a non-diving companion? Or someone who is already certified? Contact us for pricing!

      Deposit: $300
      Open Water Diver student, Single Occ.

      Double occupancy in a Standard room with one king or two double beds, bathroom, air conditioning, television, etc. 

      Deposit: $300


      Arrival in Cancun

      Arrive in Cancun and check in at The Reef Coco Beach in Playa del Carmen. Snorkel off the beach or relax by the pool before the diving begins!

      Your Organizer

      Blue Planet Scuba
      137 reviews
      Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.


      Great experience, our instructors from blue planet were accommodating and flexible with what we needed. They balanced safety and fun, as well as a hectic schedule that allowed us to get certified in just three days in the water. The weather was perfect (not that thats under our control) which lent itself to good swimming conditions. wonderful trip overall!
      By Gloria L for December Certification Weekend in Cozumel on Dec 08, 2023
      Trips with Blue Planet continue to amaze! The Sea of Cortez liveaboard was great value for the money- comfortable rooms, friendly and capable crew, and highly enjoyable diving. There are lots of moving parts re: a liveaboard and Blue Planet consistently provides excellent support. I highly recommend any and all of their trips!
      By Andy M for Sea of Cortez Liveaboard on Nov 12, 2023
      Jen is a fantastic trip leader! She really made the trip great! She made everything easy. Thank you!
      By Dee B for St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands on Oct 22, 2023
      Hi Dee! Thanks so much for joining us, we enjoyed adventuring with you. Hope to sea you on another trip soon!
      By Blue Planet Scuba on Oct 22, 2023
      Another wonderful trip with Blue Planet! Thank you so much for coordinating a day with Dr. German Mendez and the Cozumel Coral Reef Restoration Program as well as setting up an opportunity for us to volunteer with baby sea turtle hatchlings. Helping to plant coral and release baby turtles into the ocean was truly life changing. Oh and I guess the diving was pretty good too. 😉 Thanks again BP! Looking forward to the next one.
      By Kristin D for September Certification Weekend in Cozumel on Oct 19, 2023
      Another great Blue Planet trip in the books!!! This was a very laid back and relaxing destination, I enjoyed every minute of it! Our trip leader Jen was awesome she was on top of everything and kept us informed!!! Cane Bay diving was great! The whole crew was very nice, communicated with everyone and was very friendly. I felt like I had already knew them, made me feel very welcomed! The topside events was fun, including the underwater pumpkin carving which I've never carved a pumpkin before and was able to do it underwater..lol Looking forward to our next adventure together some where around the world!
      By MICHELLE S for St Croix: Escape to the US Virgin Islands on Oct 17, 2023
      Thanks for joining another Blue Planet adventure, Michelle. We are so glad you had a great time and congrats on your 300 dive milestone. Sea you again soon!
      By Blue Planet Scuba on Oct 17, 2023
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