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
64 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

Your Organizer

Blue Planet Scuba
64 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.


Exemplary professionalism from start to finish. The dive group was friendly and inclusive. Can't wait to dive with Blue Planet again. And, encountering great whites in open water was a bucket list experience.
By David L for Dive with Great White Sharks! on 24 Sep, 2021
Another well organized trip by Blue Planet Scuba. We were thoroughly briefed before traveling, had top notch instructors who came with us to lead a myriad of classes in our group plus coordinated carefully with the local operator to ensure our experience lived up to our high expectations. We never have doubts with a Blue Planet experience, and once again it’s happened. We are already looking forward to our next trip.
By William I for Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise on 20 Sep, 2021
Thank you so much, William! We're so happy you enjoyed the trip. We can't wait to dive with you two again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 21 Sep, 2021
We love traveling with the Blue Planet crew! This was our second trip, and we enjoyed a lovely week in and near the water every day! Thanks for organizing!
By Lauren O for Bonaire: Shore Diving Paradise on 20 Sep, 2021
We're so glad you enjoyed the trip, Lauren. Thanks for joining us again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 21 Sep, 2021
This was my 4th trip with Blue Planet. They are my “go-to” group for diving trips. The Red Sea trip was on my bucket list and turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. We were originally scheduled for October 2020, but you know - COVID. Jonas and Heather kept us informed along the way on rescheduling, COVID requirements and other important information. I can’t say enough positive things about their customer service. It is obvious to all who deal with Blue Planet staff either in their shop, as a student or on a trip that customer service is their priority. I’ve already booked my next trip.
By Heidi C for Explore the Red Sea on 17 Sep, 2021
Thank you for your kind words, Heidi! We're so happy you were able to join us on this trip and we can't wait until the next one with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Sep, 2021
All aspects of this trip, both land and sea, were meticulously planned. Our dive boat and it’s staff were of highest quality. They accommodated all our requests in order to make this a five-star experience. We then participated in most of the land portion of the tour. Our guide was superb and, again, all details were well executed. We can’t wait to go back and look forward to future trips with Blue Planet Scuba!
By Carla S for Explore the Red Sea on 12 Sep, 2021
Thank you so much, Carla! We're thrilled to hear you two enjoyed the trip, both on the boat and the land tour. We look forward to diving with you again!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 18 Sep, 2021
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