from 19 reviews
Diving with Playa Scuba is a guarantee of fun and safety.
It is fun because we offer an individualized and personalized service that has allowed us to enjoy diving in a relaxing fashion in the company of our divers and friends.
It is safe because we only dive in small groups. Besides, each guide is certified in the required levels, such as divemasters, instructors and cave guides. Our sea crew is also trained to assist you any time.
Plus, Playa Scuba has the best prices and offers for both diving and PADI certifications in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel!
PADI Dive Resort
|19th March 2010||Experienced, knowledgable and nice people||No|
|19th March 2010||personal attention for first-time divers||No|
|2nd March 2010||Playa Scuba, Playa del Carmen||No|
|27th January 2010||Safe, memorable, exhilarating.||No|
|4th January 2010||missouri diver||No|
19th March 2010 by diver163
Experienced, knowledgable and nice people
Visit Date: March 2010
My wife, daughter, and myself dove the Cenotes with Playa Scuba on March 10, 2010. We had actually signed up with another dive shop and they actually partner with Playa Scuba for the Cenotes dives. My wife made all the contacts before we left home and explained we are safe divers, we don't take risks and we prefer small groups. We're not even sure yet about diving with sharks. Klaus picked us up at our resort and we headed to the Cenotes. Along the way we stopped at a local Taco Stand. Klaus said he liked to introduce people to the real Mexico and it's people and food. We had great tacos and headed for the Cenotes. ALong the way Klaus was telling us about how the Cenotes were formed and their history. He described the dive and gave us our dive breifing along the way so when we got there we started to get our gear ready and headed for the entrance. He led us through Dos Ojos, took some pictures and video of us, showed us Barbie and the Croc and back to the exit. During our surface interval he told us more about the Cenotes, congratulated us on our diving skills, and said if we were comfortable he would take us off line for a short distance to show us the halocline. We all agreed it was ok and we headed back in for our second dive. As we headed towards the bat cave Klaus directed us to the halocline. It was very interesting to see the blurred vision of the halocline and taste the saltwater. We surfaced in the bat cave and watched some bats for awhile, then continued along our dive route and sadly to the exit. Once we got our gear back to the truck Klaus boke out the sandwiches and water. After eating we headed back to the Playa Scuba Shop and Klaus made us a video of our dive and we got some shirts before he returned us to our resort. We had an enjoyable day, felt safe before, during, and after our dives, were surprised by the historical knowledge which Klaus had, and would highly recommend Playa Scuba. My wife said she did see Playa Scuba's website before we booked our dives but since she could not find any reviews of them we did not book with them. We told Klaus he should urge his customers to write reviews so other divers could enjoy their services and informed him we would recommend Playa Scuba to any diver. You can feel safe with them and you also will gain some interesting facts.
19th March 2010 by mattbiz
personal attention for first-time divers
Visit Date: February 2010
My girlfriend took me here as a surprise birthday present in February. Neither of us had been diving before and we were eager to give it a shot. We took the Discover Scuba course for a two-tank dive and were very satisfied with the experience. Luis took great care of us; he was extremely patient and attentive the entire time. We felt very secure with Luis and this made for a very wonderful and memorable experience.
It started with a crash-course at the shop to cover the basics of the scuba gear, essential safety considerations and underwater communication. Next we suited up and took a boat over to a calm beach for an exercise in underwater breathing in very shallow water so that we could stand up to breathe and talk at any point in time. Here Luis made us practice several drills until we were competent and comfortable enough for deeper waters. Then we went out to a shallow reef for a true diving experience. We were lucky enough to have another certified dive master along for the dive so we each had our own personal guide the entire time. They took care of everything and were extremely attentive to our comfort levels; balancing our weight belts, adjusting our buoyancy vests and often holding on to our hands or vests to keep us on track and feeling safe. We went down to the edge of the reef where Luis identified the different types of fish and coral that we encountered. After finishing our tanks we moved to another reef for the second tank. This time they gave us a bit more freedom to move around independently but never left our side except to take photos and some videos of our experience.
Luis is a great guide and a very kind and friendly person. He also went out of his way to buy a "birthday pastry" for me at 7 in the morning so that we could celebrate my birthday in the shop before we hit the water. Then he recommended several restaurants for dinner and lunch on our way out. The one we visited was fantastic.
Overall, Playa Scuba took great care of us. I would only warn that this appeared to us as a no-frills dive shop and that the Discover Scuba course is not for the faint of heart - we got right to business and down to the reef, which felt a bit extreme. Nonetheless, Luis made everything go incredibly smoothly and you can trust him to ensure an amazing experience. We will visit Playa Scuba again next time we are in Playa.
2nd March 2010 by bigw00
Playa Scuba, Playa del Carmen
Visit Date: February 2010
Did my referral dives with Playa Scuba. And was thrilled from the start. The first two dives were with Andrea and Martin with two other referral divers. So two instructors for three divers. The last two dives were with Klaus and just myself. The instruction was excellent and the dive areas were just spectacular. Tried to call in some sharks but there wasn't enough current that day. Instructors are very patient and very experienced. They make you feel at ease before going out on the boat. Safety is a top priority at this shop, they will not compromise on this. But this only makes the dives better as dives aren't beyond the skill levels of the group or individual. I had such a positive experience that I returned the following week for a cenote dive and brought five friends for snorkeling. This was a good choice. The cenote was Dos Ojos. I dove with Sergio, who was fantastic, and Andrea took the snorkellers. We can't say enough about Andrea, she is friendly and outgoing and simply wonderful to hang out with. We stopped at a highway taco stand, which has been the best Mexican food so far, along with sandwiches for lunch and bottled water. Sergio gave everyone a good history lesson about the cenote and cenote formation, very knowledgeable.
Overall this shop is all about the water wether snorkelling or diving you will get the best and safest experience with very skilled instructors\guides. The captains on the dive boats used are very up to date on ocean conditions and work hard to give everyone a great dive.
There are a lot of dive shops in Playa del Carmen, some with large shops full of the bells and whistles for sale and large dice boats to take out large groups. If you like this and are willing to pay the extra cost and go with large groups, well its your choice. Playa Scuba pricing is very reasonable and all about the diving, not boats and bells and whistles.
If you dive or are thinking of diving in PLaya del Carmen or Cozumel, it would be worth the time to check out Playa Scuba. Luis or Klause will give you the best experience above or below the water.
27th January 2010 by slickskichick
Safe, memorable, exhilarating.
Visit Date: January 2010
Earlier this week I visited Palya del Carmen and completed my PADI Open Water certification. Previously, I had only been in a pool and I was somewhat nervous. Klaus and Martin were very patient and totally reassuring and after some skills training we were guided along the reef.
Including the crew, who were also very kind and helpful, there were 9 of us on board. We made up a small group of 3 with Martin and my boyfriend and the attention that we recieived was very individualized and we felt safe.
During our two days of diving, we saw sting ray, puffer fish, lobster, crab, barracuda, turtles, and many beautiful fish! Martin was enthusiastic about new divers and provided us with a safe, memorable, and exhilarating experience.
4th January 2010 by missouridiver10
Visit Date: December 2009
The weather in Missouri was awful, so I decide to fly to Mexico for some diving. I have 200+ logged dives. The original dive shop I booked with was a mistake, it was well over priced and the DM was full of himself. On our final day, due to some rough weather, we decided to try the Cenotes and the dive shop that we had original booked with sent us to Playa Scuba, where we met Luis. What a blessing that was. Luis was awesome. He gave you this feeling of confidence and comfort, plus there was no need to dive with my camera, as Luis took photos and videoed all of us.
Muchisimas gracias Luis!!