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Begin a lifetime of scuba diving adventures with a 3.5-hour beginner's course. A perfect shore excursion when your cruise docks in Costa Maya port—south of the Yucatan's Riviera Maya—you'll learn scuba diving basics from a PADI-certified instructor before heading to the warm waters of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Here, practice your skills in the Caribbean's clear waters, keeping an eye out for eagle rays, sea sponges and even baby squid. A small group size ensures plenty of time to ask questions and enjoy personalized guidance on this memorable tour. 


  • 3.5-hour beginning scuba diving shore excursion from Costa Maya
  • Learn to use scuba gear while exploring a shallow dive site with a PADI-certified instructor
  • Marvel at the underwater beauty of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef
  • Spot eagle rays, sea turtles and tropical fish in the clear Caribbean Sea
  • Diving equipment, bottled water and one-way taxi fare included
  • Small-group tour limited to 8 ensures a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Scuba diving is something not to be missed, and the underwater beauty of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef will make this experience an unforgettable one!

What You Can Expect

Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course

Scuba dive in Costa Maya

After your cruise ship arrives in the Costa Maya port, make your way by yellow taxi (fare included) from the pier to the dive center – just a short drive away. Before taking you to an open-water dive site, your PADI-certified instructor will guide your small group through a safety course to ensure a fun experience – no scuba diving certification or experience is necessary! 

This internationally certified 3.5-hour introductory course gives you all the tools you need to experience the beauty of scuba diving in a safe environment. First, learn scuba diving basics, including how to use your equipment. You’ll have time to get comfortable with your gear prior to going for a guided dive at a designated site in the nearby reef. 

Enjoy the easy conditions and warm water, and marvel at the marine life found in the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef – the largest reef in the northern hemisphere. Look for sea sponges, stingrays, baby squid and seahorses in the coral reef, where you will find a multitude of colorful tropical fish and perhaps even eagle rays and sea turtles. You’ll be fascinated by the spectacular clarity and beauty of the Caribbean Sea while you explore its depths!

Please note: If you are traveling with a certified diver, your companion can do his or her first tank while you are taking your class, and accompany you on your dive for his or her 2nd tank.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Costa Maya port for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details. 

Customer Reviews

Diego B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I was on a cruise vacation and decided to go scuba diving with Bucaneros instead of the shore excursions offered by the cruise line. We had a great experience and enjoyed it very much. Our instructor, Neto, was very patient and friendly. He also took our pictures underwater and made sure we were always safe. Highly recommended!

Sailor Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Highly recommended if you want to experience scuba diving in Costa Maya. The dive shop owner is Otto and he was very helpful and friendly and made the experience memorable. His instructor was very patient and made sure we were well instructed for our scuba experience. After the dive on the reef we enjoyed a fantastic lunch at Karlita's Café which is also owned by the owner of the Scuba Diving Facility. Just make sure you know how to get to the dive shop location, we missed some communication so almost got lost.

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