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Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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
Professional guide
Use of all necessary equipment
Taxi fee from pier (yellow taxi only)
Bottled water
Port drop-off (taxi ride approx. USD $2)

Departure Point

Costa Maya, Costa Maya, Yucatan Peninsula

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Specific instructions will appear on your voucher
Address: The meeting point for this tour is the MayanTrips' office


Ports

  • Costa Maya Port Mexico, Avenida Paseo del Puerto, Mahahual, Q.R., Mexico


Departure Time

Tour departs 1.5 hours after cruise ship's arrival

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum age is 11 years
  • All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking; also, advise your shoe size (preferably a U.S. shoe size, otherwise let us know if you are using European sizes etc) at time of booking
  • If you are traveling with a certified diver, they can accompany you on your dive also. They can do their 1st tank while you are taking your class, then they can go with you for their 2nd tank.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Costa Maya Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Costa Maya Shore Excursion: Scuba Diving Beginner's Course.

Traveler Tips


  • "Take your time and follow the guides instructions and it will be an amazing experience!" See review
  • "It's a small reef, but lots of coral and fish, and since the max depth was only 33 feet or so, no worries about going too deep." See review

Reviews

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Best time I have ever had!
Mike M
, Jan 2020
They gave us the basic instructions then into the water to try the equipment. We learned how to breathe with the regulator and to clear our mask. We were told the basics then on to the dive! My wife had trouble equalizing and spent three days with bad sinus pain but I had a fantastic time. She says she will never do scuba again but I will at every chance.
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Excellent Discovery Dive
Fred V
, Dec 2019
The staff at Buceando Mahahual Diving was great. My son a certified diver went off for a dive while my daughter & I had our discovery course. He was impressed with what he saw. Once we finished the course, he joined us on our dive. I've done probably 6 dives around the caribbean and this was one of the best. The coral was unlike what I've seen before and there was a good variety of fish. Our instructor took pictures and sent them to us after the dive.
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Fantastic experience, recommend for anyone interested in scuba!!
66ccameron
, Dec 2019
Carlos did a great job getting first time scuba divers ready. Understanding how to acclimate o pressure at depth is really important. Take your time and follow the guides instructions and it will be an amazing experience!!
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Don't Do it Here
Getaway629547
, Jul 2019
This was our 3rd Scuba Diving Beginners Course. We waited over 4 hours for our tour to begin and when we were finally provided with a trainer he did not speak English. We had a hard time understanding him and vise versa. After walking in waist high seaweed we were put on a row boat with a motor and taken out to a deep area and told to flip off the boat and GO! Happy to have survived, I would not recommend this course to anyone.
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Excellent Scuba Experience
ZenPsyche
, Jun 2019
We loved our scuba trip and our guide Moises. I visited with my 3 kids (17, 14, and 11). We started off in the shallows to learn how to use the equipment. My 14 year old was claustrophobic under water and elected to skip the the actual dive. My 11 year old did phenomenally well with the scuba equipment but became emotional when asked to fill and clear the swim mask. She also skipped the sea dive but still loved her first "real" scuba experience. Now for the good part. My 17 year old and I went out on a little boat which then anchored at the dive site. Our guide took us down about 12 meters where we followed him the reef in awe of calm and beauty of this underwater world. The colors were not as vibrant as depicted in Disney cartoons but the sea life and environment was amazing to experience. I highly recommend this excursion not just because we enjoyed it, but because our guide interacted with us as 4 individuals. We were not a group to be led. We were people with unique needs, skills, and levels of experience. It takes a special instructor to recognize that and work to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all. Moises did just that and more!
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Fun with family
Getaway10213628102
, Apr 2019
Great location, 10 minutes from the cruise port. Moses and his staff did a great job attending to our needs. We took our two boys, 12 and 14 for there very first dive. Great trip.
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Great Experience!
Caprice F
, Oct 2018
Thank you for a great day, my husband, son (adult) and I booked this tour when we learned Costa Maya was one of the stops on our cruise. It couldn't have been any better really, a very short walk to the office, short van ride, our instructor "Amador" was waiting there for us, explained everything to us and then away we go. Amador was very cautious with us as we were very nervous, my husband ended up not being able to go down to the coral with us, he got claustrophobic, but they took good care of him. My son and I and our guide continued exploring the area for awhile he even took pictures of the two of us on the ocean floor (even sent them already, for free). Then we spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach, practically to ourselves. Wonderful day, Thanks again to Amador and his crew. The Fuentes Family
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This ended being just my wife and I...
Tonecrusader
, Jun 2018
This ended being just my wife and I. The two of us. That surprised me - I had been expecting a group. It was like getting a private lessson. All of the lads at Buceando Mahahual dive shop were outstanding, friendly, and hospitable. Their English is not 100, but obviously way better than my Spanish. Having studied other foreign languages, and having done some internet reading on SCUBA before our trip, I was able to understand everything that our instructor, Amador, was teaching us. My wife doesn't listen or follow directions well, but he was extremely patient and took as much time as was needed to get her through the two exercises before taking us out on the boat. Another couple certified divers joined us on the boat for a lift to their dive spot. It was great to talk with them and hear their perspective on diving, and Mahahual. Our dive was fantastic. My wife always has trouble with her ears and pressure, so Amador again took as much time as she needed to get her ears equalized before we descended any deeper to about 32 feet. We stayed down for a very good amount of time. I left my watch back at the shop, so I don't know exactly how long, but it was longer than I had expected - which was great! After we were finished, we still had loads of time to grab lunch nearby and go back to our ship.
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Wow, this was better than I...
Jillr
, Dec 2017
Wow, this was better than I expected. The scuba instructor was absolutely wonderful and we did a dive down 10 meters on my first trip out. It was both exhilierating and the diving instructor was extremely helpful and I trusted him completely. I would highly recommend the Buceando Mahahual Diving Shop! These guys are very knowledgeable and whether you are an experienced diver or first time like me this company can make your diving experience the best you have ever had!
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We loved this tour! My husband and...
Trudy S
, Dec 2017
We loved this tour! My husband and I had done this before, and are technically certified, but it has been over 13 years since our last dive. Our son had never done this, and we were concerned that his ears would not be able to equalize, as he has problems with airplanes sometimes. Our guide, Jorge, was wonderful. The instruction was short, but covered all the necessary points - breathing, equalizing, clearing masks, finding a lost regulator, hand signals... We had mentioned the concern with the ears, and Jorge gave our son very specific instructions on what to do if his ears hurt, and by following those instructions, he was able to descend to 30 feet with only one short pause for his ears. Jorge was great with him through the whole dive, and kept a close eye on everyone's air supply. It's a small reef, but lots of coral and fish, and since the max depth was only 33 feet or so, no worries about going too deep. We had a great time, and would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
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