May Certification Weekend in Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Blue Planet Scuba
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May 29 - Jun 2, 2021
Group size: 10 - 16
May Certification Weekend in Mexico
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
  • Twitter verified
53 reviews

May 29 - Jun 2, 2021
Group size: 10 - 16

About this trip

Have any plans for Memorial Day? Get out of town 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! Certified divers are welcome too.

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.

Hotel Plaza Phocea

Fifty yards from the beachfront and one block from vibrant 5th Avenue shopping and nightlife, you’ll find Hotel Plaza Phocea. It’s a welcoming and chill vibe with the basic hotel amenities. Numerous restaurants and bars are just a short walk away, or explore along the beach to find a place to dine. 

We have reserved rooms with two double beds and bathroom. air conditioning, a hair dryer and mini fridge. 


Round-trip flights to Cancun are around $300 and go up from there. You should plan to arrive at the Cancun airport on Saturday, May 29th. When leaving, choose any flight that leaves after 1 PM on June 2nd. 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.
  • 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 for Open Water Students only.
  • 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.
  • Food/Drink
    A basic breakfast will be available on dive days, but all other meals and drinks are not included.
  • Dive Insurance
    Open Water Students will be covered under DAN, but all other divers need to have their own policy.
  • Travel Insurance
    More important these days than ever! We cannot recommend having dive specific travel insurance highly enough!

Available Packages

Open Water Diver Student, Double Occ.
Sold Out

Double occupancy in a Standard room with 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.
Available until May 24, 2021Sold Out

Single occupancy in a Standard room with two double beds, bathroom, air conditioning, television, etc. 

Deposit: $300
Certified Diver, Double Occ.
Available until May 19, 2021only 2 left

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

Deposit: $300
Certified Diver, Single Occ.
Available until May 19, 2021only 3 left
Deposit: $300


Arrival in Cancun

Arrive in Cancun and check in at Hotel Plaza Phocea in Playa del Carmen. Snorkel off the beach or relax by the pool before the diving begins!

Who’s interested

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Blue Planet Scuba
53 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.


Yet another wonderful trip with Blue Planet! The group was diverse and welcoming- couples and singles, young and old, etc. Blue Planet was very informative about the COVID-19 entry protocols and provided assistance at each step. The lodging and the dive operator were superb- this is a hallmark of Blue Planet trips. I can’t imagine a more competent and enjoyable dive operator.
By Andy M for Escape to St Eustatius on 26 Jul, 2021
Thank you so much, Andy! We're so happy this trip finally happened and that you could join us for it. Can't wait until our next adventure!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 26 Jul, 2021
Blue Planet executed a wonderful trip. We travelled with Jeff and Anthony, who were excellent teachers and fun, kind people besides; stayed at Hotel Phocea and dove with Phocea dive shop, which were also great. Instruction was taken seriously and and difficulties people had were addressed promptly and compassionately. Can't wait to dive with Blue Planet again!
By Anya V for May Certification Weekend in Mexico on 11 Jun, 2021
Amazing diving albeit chilly at times as expected. Guides knew exactly where to go and were extremely adept at spotting wildlife. Service was wonderful and organization was impeccable. Definitely a successful bucket-list dive trip. We’d highly recommend it to any keen and experienced divers.
By Martin W for Explore the Galapagos on 27 Mar, 2021
Thank you so much for the review, Martin! We are so glad you enjoyed the trip and decided to check this one off your bucket-list with us. We hope to see you underwater again sometime soon!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
An absolutely amazing archipelago like no other in the world, both top side and under water. Words and pictures will never do justice to this incredible bucket list destination. Heather and Jonas were fantastic leaders; caring, knowldegeable, always up beat, always thinking ahead, always putting the guests priorities ahead of their own...could not ask for more. Aggressor personnel were top notch. Overall an incredible experience from A to Z.
By David E for Explore the Galapagos on 23 Mar, 2021
We are so happy you enjoyed the trip, David! On top of all of the incredible marine life we were able to see, it was fantastic to learn more about the islands' volcanic origins from you. We feel incredibly lucky that you joined us! :-) We can't wait to dive with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 27 Mar, 2021
This is my third Blue Planet trip, and I look forward to many more. Traveling during Covid involves changing restrictions and requirements- Blue Planet kept us updated and helped us manage our anxiety. The resort and dive operator were incredible. This is a regular feature of Blue Planet trips.
By Andy M for St Lucia! February 2021 on 01 Mar, 2021
Thank you, Andy! We're thrilled you enjoyed the trip despite the challenges getting there. We can't wait until our next trip together!!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 01 Mar, 2021
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