Duration: 5-7 Hours
Experience Level: Open Water diver certification with 10+ Dives (15 years old)
Dive Type: Cenote/Cavern
What's included? The trip includes 2 tanks, weights, snacks, water, park entrance, and a great guide that is at least Instructor and Full Cave certified.
If you are looking for fun things to do in Mexico, then this is perfect for you. The beauty and otherworldly quality of these places is hard to describe.
Cenote Jardín del Edén, (Garden of Eden) or Cenote Ponderosa, has spectacular crystal clear water full of life hiding among the large blocks of collapsed limestone.The park is only 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Look out for the sailfin mollies, freshwater eels and box turtles, as well as plenty of bird life in and around the cenote as well. On the cavern dive, we pass through a pronounced halocline (layers of fresh and salt water) and traverse over to Cenote Corral, while seeing amazing light effects throughout the dive. After the dive, be sure to take a plunge from the huge tree that hangs a few dozen feet above the water.
Tajma Ha Cenote is a great cavern dive located between Puerto Aventuras and Akumal which are about 20 minutes from Tulum or Playa del Carmen. This site is very popular amongst cavern divers because it offers a huge range of things to see. There are sections where you can observe the visual disturbance created when the layers of fresh and salt waters meet, called a halocline. You will another beautiful sinkhole called Cenote Sugarbowl, and finally turn around at the cavern limits just beyond Cenote Esmeralda. Between the Sugarbowl and Tajma Ha cenotes there is a huge chamber that is only partially filled with water. There are a few cracks in the ceiling of this chamber which, between the months of May and September, allow beams of light to come down through the water, making the Points of Light Room a must see during the summer months. Extra care needs to be taken to prevent damage to the fragile formations, as well as good buoyancy control and equalization techniques due to significant depth changes throughout the dive.
Tajma Ha cenote has been popular among certified cave divers for years. One of the most famous cave dives is to reach Chinese Gardens from Tajma Ha. The dive begins on the permanently installed cavern line. When you dive to the point on the cavern line furthest from the entrance, you will find another beautiful sinkhole called Cenote Esmeralda. Just passed Esmeralda, you can jump to the cave line, and then locate a secret tunnel to reach the Chinese Garden. The towering decorations within the two chambers of the Garden are stunning.
Best all around experience! My experience with Blue Life started weeks before traveling to Playa Del Carmen. Andrea was extremely responsive to the multitude of questions that I had about the area and the recommendations for our trip. Because of this response and attention, I felt I was visiting old friends when I finally made it to Playa. But the best part was the Cenote dives with Hugo. He proved to be the most fantastic guide and dive partner around. If you are looking for a terrific experience with excellent customer service and amazing dive experiences, Blue Life has it all!
Dive. Blue life playa del carmon I have gotta say I have done alot of dives, and Blue life made it seamless. Everything was well organized and easy. There gear was in great shape and taken care of. Hugo was the man, he knew everything about everywhere we went. It was the first time I have dove a cenote.....wow, it was mind blowing. Hugo made it a very comfortable Experiance. If you are thinking about diving in playa, cozumel or cenotes you need to hook up with Blue Life, these guys are no joke. Thanks again for making my dives awsome, blue life and hugo. Bruce
Kim H –
I really like this dive shop My husband and I spent a week in Playa del Carmen in Sept 2018. We planned to do our Open Water certification with Blue Life at the beginning of our trip, then join some friends for the rest of the week. We had so much fun during our first two days though, that we subsequently cancelled our remaining plans so we could do more diving. Andrea was our point of contact through email, and she was very responsive and helpful. She even tracked us down on Whatsapp so she could communicate with us easier. She was also very accommodating of all of our last minute requests and changes. Our open water course was done with Hugo, who is a fantastic instructor. We had so much fun the entire time. He also managed to squeeze in both pool sessions into the first day, so we did not have to return to the pool on our second morning. Instead, we did the Cozumel upgrade (which I highly recommend) for our 3rd and 4th ocean dives. We also did 2 cenote dives with Isabelle, and 2 with Bob. Both were great and very knowledgeable. I have pretty bad thalassophobia, and a dark, flooded underground cavern is pretty much the stuff my nightmares are made of. However, I did not feel anxious of worried in the least with either Isabelle or Bob. Overall, Blue Life is a fantastic dive shop and we would definitely dive with them again!
Steven M. –
I had a great experience with the entire team at BlueLife. I did 4 reef dives (2 at Playa and 2 at Cozumel) with Valentina, 2 cenote dives with Hugo, and also did the whale shark snorkeling up in Isla Mujeres. Everyone was very professional, prepared, thorough, and communicated very clearly about all aspects of the activities. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for a great experience from beginning to end!
Great Scuba & Snorkel Crew! I had a great experience with the entire team at BlueLife. I did 4 reef dives (2 at Playa and 2 at Cozumel) with Valentina, 2 cenote dives with Hugo, and also did the whale shark snorkeling up in Isla Mujeres. Everyone was very professional, prepared, thorough, and communicated very clearly about all aspects of the activities. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking for a great experience from beginning to end!
Heavenly diving experience! I did nine fabulous dives with Blue Life - 2 reef dives with Gustavo and 7 cenote dives with Vale. The customer service was excellent from the first email contact with Andrea. The instructors took patient care of me every step of the way, even through issues with my ears and congestion. I can\'t say enough good things about the cenote dives. Fantastic, each one a different world. We visited 6 cenotes in all - Calavera, Car Wash, the Pit (my favorite), 2 dives in Dos Ojos, Ponderosa (Jardin del Eden) and Taj Maha. This was my first cenote experience after years of reef diving, and I\'m so glad I did it. The beauty and other-worldly quality of these places is hard to describe. Such a transformative experience. Vale took such awesome care of me I felt pampered through every dive. Blue Life is a great dive shop and I will certainly dive with them again on my next trip. Such friendly people who take good care of their customers. And, after all, there are more cenotes to see!
Silvia C –
Friendly and professional Dive Operator in Playa Del Carmen I booked a couple of days diving in the cenotes around Playa del Carmen and Tulum and I was not disappointed! The staff is very professional and the dive guides fully trained, they speak perfect english and always made us feel at ease in the water as well as outside. The whole experience was a real pleasure, diving underground can be stressful but our guide (Valentina) knew exactly where to take us and where to stop for a nice snack too. I also booked a whale shark snorkelling trip via BlueLife and was again very very happy, even if the day was not managed directly by BlueLife.
Anthony L. –
Phenomenal Dive Shop This dive shop was by far the best shop I have dived with. I spent a week with this shop snorkeling with whale sharks, getting sidemount certified, and cavern/cave diving various cenotes. This was an an awesome experience. I highly recommend this shop and their fun/safe/attentive staff.
John P. –
Excellent dive Op My wife and I had a great time diving a couple of cenotes with Valentina. Great guide!!! Highly recommended!!! Take my word as I\'ve been diving for over 2 decades so I\'ve been around the block a few times. This dive operation is highly recommended!!!
Jacqueline G –
Excellent Dives. Excellent Dive Guides. My wife and I scheduled two days of diving with Blue Life: Day one in the Cenotes and Day two off the reefs of Cozumel. From the beginning, Blue Life was very responsive to all of our questions, and we were able to handle all of the paperwork, payment and planning with Blue Life in advance of our trip to Mexico. Blue Life was very flexible with our schedule and picked us up for the Centote dives, and met us at the ferry for our trip to Cozumel. Our dive guides were also fantastic and would recommend all of them: Steve, Willy and Rodrigo. When we return to the Cancun area, we will definitely look to dive with Blue Life again.
Rachel A –
Cenotes & Morays with the Best! Hugo was our wonderful dive master for my Dad, twin brother\'s and I\'s underwater adventures! He is an expert at his craft while maintaining a laid back and fun loving attitude. We went on two ocean dives and two cenote dives. My family has experience with ocean dives but this was our first time in underwater caves. Hugo explained every instruction perfectly which made for a comfortable and (most importantly) safe experience. To illustrate Hugo\'s expertise, here is anecdote from our first cave dive: One of my brothers was recovering from a nasty head cold but felt up to trying the cave dive. Everything went smoothly until we were swimming out of the cave and one of his ears wouldn\'t equalize, causing much discomfort. We alerted Hugo right away and were able to emerge in an air pocket, so my brother could take care of his ear. Hugo handled a potentially stressful situation in a calm and professional matter, my brother was able to stay at a more shallow level and exit the cave with no issues.
I dove with Blue Life 3 days: Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and cenote Dreamgate with TajmaHa; the experience was completely amazing, I enjoyed every single minute with them. Blue Life customer service is top notch. The guides (all the guides are instructors) are professional, love what they do, they are safe divers and really nice and fun people to dive and chat with. Blue Life has a personalized service, they love to have small groups, one day it was just me with the instructor and the other days we where 3 divers. I dove in Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cozumel before with 2 or 3 different dive shops and also I dove in many other countries and can say Blue Life team and service is top notch. I will be back to my new favorite dive shop soon!!! Higly recommended. Cenote dive is a must!!!
Chris Anderson –
Fantastic Dive Shop, Amaizing Staff Fantastic Dive Shop, Amaizing Staff My three kids and I spent two days with Hugo in Playa Del Carmen. First day one of my boys was sick so he couldn\'t dive. Andrea gave refund with out any delay. Customer service is #1. We did two ocean dives (Moch-che and Jardines) with Hugo and had a great day. The second day Hugo took us to Ponderosa and Tajma-Ha cenotes!! It was absolutely amazing. Hugo knows his stuff and area like no other. Don\'t mess around looking for other dive shops, Blue Life is by far the best choice.
Matthew A –
Scuba Trip Had a ton of fun during my most recent rip to Mexico. Went diving a total of 4 times and enjoyed each and every dive!!! Mainly because of our divemaster Hugo!!! He was the best dovemaster anyone could ask for! Hopefully someday I\'ll return
Andres Buser –
Perfect Diving. We have been diving with Blue Life for one week in Playa del Carmen and want to thank the whole crew for their great work. Especially, we want to thank Valentina for being such a perfect dive guide, tour host and, last but not least, passionate diver! The trip to Dreamgate and Tajma Ha will definitely be the most precious memories when we are back at work. Thank you very much! We also enjoyed diving the wreck at Playa del Carmen with Leo! Thank you too for a great day! Check out these guys, we would dive with them again anytime!
kimberly l. –
Our first time scuba diving in Playa Del Carmen and thanks to everyone at Blue Life it was amazing!!! Dove Cozumel, Dos Ojos, Tahma Ha and Cenotes. Our dive master Valentina is superb and has a keen eye for unique species. Andrea helped us book, decide on dive sites and everything in between. Wish we cld give them 10 Stars! This was the most piece of our trip and it will forever be a wonderful memory.
Devin Ramdutt –
Diving in Blue Life We spent 3 days diving with Blue Life in Nov 2017. The entire team was awesome and the owner Frank is a really nice guy. Pepe was our dive master for most of that time and I can\'t say enough great stuff about him. They were very professional and provided a very memorable experience. We had such a great time that we are planning to go back much sooner than expected. This time we will spend much more time in the cenotes.
5 star dive outfit From the start Andrea was quick in responding to emails and made planning our dive vacation simple. When Jen ran into trouble with her ears Andrea was quick to make changes so that she could dive near the end of our vacation. Valentina was my dive master for getting my Padi open water. She was incredibly knowledgeable and made sure to point out any bad habits before they became an issue. I would highly recommend Valentina for not only instructing safe diving but she really knows where all the animals hide along the reef. For my Cenote Dos ojs cavern dive Hugo was my dive master and you really can tell how much cave diving is one of his passions. I really enjoyed our trip out and the dive whole. Desided to revisit Cozumel and dive with Misael as my dive master. There is never enough air in your cylinder but Misael made the most of the time we had diving the Cozumel wall. Overall Blue life is a first rate group of people and I will be revisiting Mexico and most certainly diving with them again. Don
Great divecenter, even better guides! We had 10 dives with these guys, including Cozumel sites, a bullshark dive, and 6 different cenotes. All of them were perfect, and our guides and contact persons were professional, yet friendly and very flexible. We thank Leo, Misa, Hugo and Pepe for the good time and dives we had. The center is at a good location, close to the sea, it has good wifi, and nitrox and 15l tanks are complementary We had some rescheduling because the wind made the sea too wavey for diving, but we had constant updates from bluelife. They don\'t do the bullshark feeding, so we decided to do this with a different divecenter and I do recommend the feeding if you are a shark enthusiast. Other than that, they are a perfect choice for all types of diving
Ava B –
Best Dive Family in Mexico! I am a 17 year old diver and on my trip with Blue Life, I was getting my Nitrox and Side-Mount certifications. Before we even made it to Mexico, Blue Life was beyond helpful with my education and my online work. They worked easily and efficiently to help me get all my paperwork arranged, and when I showed up at the shop they gave me a warm welcome like I had already dove with them before. Their dive sites were beyond beautiful. My first dives were in the cenotes (my first freshwater dives!) and Hugo was amazingly patient and caring as I struggled with Side-Mount. When my goggles wouldn\'t clear underwater, he gave me his. And when I mentioned how much I wanted a shark dive, they arranged it so I could go on one the next day! Every member of the Blue Life staff is amazing, friendly, and welcoming. They are so trustworthy my mom let me dive alone for the first time, and had no worries the following dives after that (Which is saying something, as I\'m sure other parents know)! I am so excited for my next trip to Mexico purely because I can\'t wait to dive with Blue Life again, for hopefully many many years to come. If you\'re thinking about diving, choose Blue Life!
Scuba Diving Blue Life. Dive operation did a fantastic job. Our dive master Valentina was energetic and wanted us to enjoy the three days of diving we had with her. And she did a outstanding job making that happen. Thanks Vale
Great diving experience Blue Life was professional the whole way through. They responded to all my questions really quickly over email and upon arrival and our guides were so great. It\'s been a while since my last dive so I was a little nervous but Valentina and Pepe took really good care of me. A lot of diving is mental and the guides make all the difference. I\'m so glad I had them there with me to help me feel comfortable getting back in the water. They both were very thorough, took their time communicating all the details and I really appreciated it. They clearly cared about our safety first. Even when I fumbled a bit or had a hard time getting a feel for my buoyancy they were very patient with me. I would definitely use them again if I came back.
Diving cenotes with Blue Life This was my first time diving cenotes and diving with Blue Life. Blue Life is a first class operation. I had to rent equipment and it was all very good quality. Our dive master for the day Pepe Mastache. Knowing that it was my first time doing this type of dive he gave me a very clear briefing ahead of both dives so I knew what to expect and, most important, how to stay safe. He was also very attentive during the dives. I\'m really looking forward to getting back to Playa del Carmen and will definitely dive with Blue Life again.
Joshua D –
Great shop, great dive master Had a excellent experience with these guys. Took a group of 3 divers and 1 snorkeler on a private tour of the Taj ma ha and Jardin del Eden. Very low stress set up, no hassle of a large group dive experience (those can be awful!). Our dive master, Robert was very knowledgeable, calm, and experienced. Every aspect of the trip was very comfortable, relaxed, and exciting. Thanks again Blue Life!
Awesome experience Last year, my wife and I visited Riviera Maya. While we were there, we really wanted go for diving. Since Blue Life had superb reviews, I contacted and Fernanda helped me with arrangement. While were there, I decided to get my open water certificate, and while doing so my wife took the refresher course. Hugo took care of my wife and I as he was superb instructor with patience. He was also able to give us a shuttle service to rather far hotel that we were staying. We ended up going two ocean dives and one cenote dive. We were planned for three ocean dives, but due to severe weather, after waiting out a day Blue Life suggested and took us to a Cenote diving next day. Whole experience was superb and will definitely recommend to everyone. I know I am leaving a super late review as I was too busy with life. Me and my wife is planning to visit Riviera Maya next month and remembered that I forgot to post a promised review. If I can I will definitely contact Blue Life again. Only happy memories.
Like visiting old friends - and going diving with them! Blue Life is my dive shop of choice in Playa del Carmen. As others have said, it really is the people who make the difference. Having done my full cave course with Frank & Hugo some time ago, my GF & I had only one day to get back into a cenote so we of course went with Blue Life. Hugo took us out for the day and it was as if we\'d seen him the month before - highly recommended for new and experienced divers alike.
Wonderful Experience The staff were very courteous and professional. They were ready and able to offer whatever dive experience you wanted. I wouldn\'t dive with anyone else.
Lance E –
Great outfit, great diving I had a great experience with Blue Life. Misael (sorry about the spelling) listened to what I wanted and went out of his way to make it happen. Marcela was extremely helpful and patient getting the trip booked. I will definitely go back to Blue Life next time I am in Playa.
Rachel S –
Cenote Diving with Blue Life I had heard a lot about cenote diving and was very interested to try it while in Cozumel. I looked up several dive shops in the Cozumel an Playa areas and decided to go with Blue Life based on reviews and the locations I wanted to dive. Sara was fantastic!! I rented a full set of gear, which was great. They let me do a Nitrox trial. Sara had great knowledge about each dive site (Taj Ma Ha and Garden of Eden) and was so much fun to hang out with for the day. This was definitely my favorite diving experience to date! I will definitely use Blue Life again in the future. -Rachel S
Great crew, great gear, awesome diving! We researched dive companies before arriving in Playa del Carmen and went with Blue Life based on the reviews here. We were very happy that we did - the crew and the experience went above and beyond our expectations. We initially contacted Blue Life via email, they suggested we drop by to discuss dive sites, etc, but also advised we only needed to give them 24 hours notice for diving. We really appreciated the fact that we could choose the dive sites we wanted to visit with these guys, we don\'t often get that opportunity. We ended up doing two separate trips of two dives each: cenote diving at Jardine del Eden and Tajma Ha with Sarah; and Cozumel diving at Santa Rosa and Paraiso with Hugo. Both Sarah and Hugo were awesome dive guides - friendly, well organised, eco-aware and safety-conscious. Visiting at a slightly quieter time of year (June), we were also the only divers on both our trips. The gear we hired was in excellent condition and we were given solid briefings prior to all of the dives. Cenote diving has been on our bucket list for years and the experience was nothing short of extraordinary. Sarah was very clear in her instructions and monitored our progress and comfort throughout the dives. Both sites were spectacular. Jardine del Eden is a perfect introduction to cenote diving. The site was busy with day trippers, snorkellers and learner divers as the open cenote is just like a huge pool, but the caverns and swim-throughs were much less busy and the light show at the linked Coral cenote was beautiful (try and go on a sunny day for the best light). Our second dive at Tajma Ha - an intermediate level dive - was a touch more challenging, with greater depth variation and tighter swim-throughs. It was totally mind-blowing, with beautiful decorations, linked cenotes that we surfaced in, beautiful light, and a very cool halocline. We seriously loved both cenote dives and will definitely be back one day to do more of them. Our dives at Cozumel were also gorgeous - perfect temp, amazing visibility and beautiful, healthy reefs and marine life. Paraiso had a nice current, making for a fun drift dive. Hugo was great at searching out the cool and quirky marine life, even finding us a splendid toadfish, a beauty that\'s endemic to Cozumel. The dive costs included transport (a truck out to the cenotes and a boat ride over to Cozumel) and tanks, and we hired all of our gear for US$25 each. We were given snacks and water between dives on both days as well. We had a fantastic time diving with the team at Blue Life and would absolutely recommend them!
Jocelyn H –
Rock-star Cenote Dive with Hugo! It was our first Cenotes dive experience and it was nothing short of amazing! It was just my husband, Hugo and myself for the two tank dive. We just showed up the day before and the staff gave us a huge hug and helped us book the dives within 5 min! Very go with the flow and made us feel very comfortable and safe. We had never done a cave dive so having it be the 3 of us made me feel extremely safe and made for a remarkable experience. We will definitely be back to Playa and Blue Life Diving will be our first stop....well after we grab a cerveza! Thanks again Blue Life Team and Hugo!
Virgil R –
Cenote diving Unforgettable experience as I fulfilled my bucket list. Sarah, our dive master and instructor helped me a lot with my buoyancy. I was able to dive with them on the second part .
Flexible and attentive I want to thank the Bluelife team for organizing our diving. We were not simple clients, two kids frustrate our plans, so Fernanda and Marcela have to change and rearrange our dives several times. But anyway, we got all we want and dive in the most interest cenotes. If you want to get individual attention, you should go to the BlueLife!
Ahlem K –
Simply the best What can I say? I\'ve travelled and done all my dives with my boyfriend but I was solo on this trip. A little nervous. But blue life and my dive guide Rimas were beyond exceptional in making the dive absolutely amazing. So comforting so knowledgable and patient and sooooo passionate... I wouldn\'t go to any other dive shop in playa at all!!! Don\'t hesitate to dive with this dive shop you\'ll regret it.... I did some cenote dives aswell as Cozumel and WOW is all I can say.... it makes me sad they are so far away from Australia or is dive ALL the time...... great team, great equipment and very personal experience....
6 Cenote Dives... Experience of a life time I\'m a PADI AOW diver with 45 tanks experience. However, this is the first time I dive in fresh water. Cenote dive is absolutely an unique experience. My dive guide Sarah was excellent. She explained every details very carefully before dive, took care of every member in the team. The 6 cenotes dive is worthy to give it a try.
Abraham P –
Best Cenote diving experience! Friendly & Professional Service We booked a cenotes scuba dive trip with Blue Life ahead of time, and from the very start we received very professional and friendly support from the Blue Life team. Marcela communicated with us via email to coordinate every detail of our trip, including transportation since we were staying in Tulum, so that we were ready to go when we arrived. There were four divers in our group, and we felt like we received very attentive and personalized service from Blue Life - we were able to dive the cenotes as our own group with Hugo, our cavern dive master. We had a fantastic time diving with him! He is a wonderful, professional, and very experienced friendly guide. He made us feel comfortable 100% of the time, especially important diving in the cenotes\' cavern zone since we had zero prior experience doing so. In addition, their SCUBA equipment was in tip top shape - it was very evident that they care for and maintain all of their gear very well. We are very happy with our choice to dive with Blue Life, as they provided simply excellent service. We will definitely be diving with Blue Life again the next time we return to the Riviera Maya for another round of cenotes diving. Thank you for your professionalism and outstanding service!!!
Great experience This place is great. Went with my wife and two teenage sons. Sarah was our guide and was wonderful, as is the admin staff. They are helpful, knowledgeable, easy to communicate with, professional, etc, etc. Sarah is top notch and knows what she is doing. felt very safe with her, esp in the caverns of the cenotes, which were new to us.
Matt B –
Amazing cenote diving! Fernanda and the whole crew at blue life are so friendly, I had a great experience diving with this company and would recommend it to everyone!
Very good for advanced divers I called five different dive shops before choosing this one. I was looking for unique dive experience and specifically wanted to go to the Taj Mahal Cenote. This was the only Dive Shop that would accommodate me and furthermore they also recommended I dive at \"the pit\". It was an amazing choice as the pit is a very unique diving experience that should not be missed if you are in playa. They arranged a private guide who was a very senior dive master to take me by himself to both locations. I felt very comfortable and 100% safe diving in both of these areas which could, with less experienced divers or guides be dangerous. I will definitely dive with them again if I am back in the playa area.
Cenote Diving A friend and I wanted to dive cenotes. I am a professional diver and have been in the industry for a while, so I was looking for a good service. Blue Life provided that, and then some. Hugo and Valentina took care of us like royalty. On time pick up, great attitude, snacks, all gear in great shape, and they definitely knew what they were doing. Having experienced many dive companies, including those I worked for, this is one to recommend. If you are going to Playa del Carmen/Tulum and want to have a great time diving cenotes, give these guys a call.
Great small diving store I used this store in a couple of cenote dives earlier this year, and also got certified in Nitrox with them. My experience was very good. I had to rent material since I didn\'t bring any with me and it was good of quality and condition, including dive computers, etc. I will use them again in my next visit to the area. Recommended.
amazing cenote dives!!! I\'ve been to a couple of cenote dives with Sarah from the Blue Life Diving. I must say she\'s a great guide as well as a great person. She\'s fun, patient and she knows what she\'s doing. I never had a second though about diving in the cenote no matter how deep or dark it got. I always felt at ease with Sarah as my guide - Thank you again Sarah - you are amazing! Thank you also to all the other staff members who always responded within a few hours or even less to my emails. I highly recommend this diving shop for cenote or any kind of dive. Here are some great people working!
Excellent Cenote Dives I did two days of private guided(by myself) cenote diving with Sarah at Blue Life. First off email communication was tremendous with prompt responses to my many questions and they were very flexible. Sometimes with far flung dive shops you don\'t get prompt email responses, but they were great. Sarah was very professional, on time each day, and went through all of the appropriate safety procedures and protocols which even though I know all of them, I still appreciated it. It lets me know they follow the rules, which is cavern/cave diving is critically important. I did Ponderosa, Taj ma ha, Angelita, and two dives at Dreamsgate. I had to stop my 2nd dive at Dreamsgate because I cramped up. All of the dives were great, I\'ve done cenotes several times before and it never gets old. I had not done Ponderosa, Angelita, or Dreamsgate before. She was very flexible with whatever cenotes I wanted to do, if you don\'t pay extra for a private guide then perhaps it may not be as flexible but I\'m sure they would still take good care of you. They also accomodated my request for double tanks, but watching Sarah do sidemount, while I was lumbering around with the doubles, made me think about getting certified for sidemount at some point. I would tell you if you haven\'t dove the cenotes before, prepare for mid 70 degree water and slow steady diving. I brought my drysuit, but it was so hot outside I chose to dive wet, but in retrospect I probably should have done a drysuit on the 2nd day which might have helped me avoid cramping up. All in all I was very happy with my experience, and would definitely highly recommend Blue Life and will plan on using them again for cenote diving and maybe someday other certifications(cave, TDI decompression procedures, etc).
Safe and Fun Diving We did six cenote dives in two days with Hugo, and it was a fantastic experience. I would definitely recommend Blue Life Diving. You get a personalized experience, and the staff are great to work with. Fernanda is great to communicate with in advance of your trip and help with anything you need. She is quite friendly. Hugo picked us up at our hotel and took us to the cenotes. At each site, he went over the map of the cenote and our planned dive. He gave us backup lights to keep in our BCD\'s since we just had one each. Each dive and each cenote was fun and different. If you are advanced certified, on of my favorites was El Pit. After our dive at El Pit, Hugo asked if we wanted to look at the Pet Cemetery cenote. Because it is lit by artificial light, you need to be cave certified, but he took us inside to see the cavern, and it is really beautiful. Hugo didn\'t need to take us to Pet Cemetery and other shops might now, but it was nice he went out of his way to show us since we were in the area. Lunch was included in our trip. Lunch is probably sandwiches they pick up along the way because it\'s good to take with you, but we love tacos So Hugo took us to taco places that had amazing food. Because our Spanish is minimal, Hugo would tell us what was in each dish. He would order for us, and it was perfect quick eats between dives. Some of the best tacos we had on the trip. On the second day, there was a couple that was having a hard time communicating at the restaurant. Hugo went to the counter and helped communicate with the random couple to help them get tacos as well. Hugo\'s English is fantastic if you aren\'t great at Spanish like me. He has really interesting stories about his experience diving and living in the Yucatan. If you dive with him, I encourage you to ask him about his cave diving experience. He adheres to cavern/cave restrictions completely, and this ensures that you are safe on every dive. I prefer to break the rules most of the time, but cavern/cave restrictions are in place because people have been seriously injured. This is a really good shop that cares about your experience. I recommend asking for Hugo.
Cenote and Cozumel Scuba Diving Thank you Hugo and Velo for great diving! Very professional and safe 100%! Blue Life is convenient location in Playa Very nice to have the personal attention provided by all the staff members during our trip planning, courses and dives. Dives include lunch,snacks, water and rides by clean air conditioned van to Cenotes or taxi to boat.
Ryan P –
What every dive shop should strive to be I booked my trip to Playa in less than a week. Fernanda and Sarah were great in helping me organize my dives and created a customized dive package for me that really worked out perfectly. But before I get into the individual dives, I knew Blue Life was the dive shop for me when they recommended that I should NOT dive the afternoon I got there. My flight arrived in the late morning and it would have cut things really close to make the afternoon boat but I wanted to get in as much diving as I could on this trip so I inquired about making the afternoon boat on that day. Blue Life recommended that I take the afternoon off because there was a good chance that I would miss the boat and I would be super tired from traveling. Well they were absolutely right and I am glad I listened to their advice. I would have made it on time if I went to the diveshop directly from the airport, but I was so tired after such an early morning flight that if I had gone diving I would have been miserable and it would have been a bit unsafe. This really showed me that Blue Life is more about safety and making sure their divers are enjoying themselves rather than making as much $$ as possible (which unfortunately many dive shops are more concerned with). The next day I did 3 dives in Cozumel with Rimas. On all three dives, it was just me, Rimas and one other diver. Rimas was an awesome dive guide. He was very thorough in his pre-dive briefing and it was clear that safety was #1. He also made sure I maximized my bottom-time. On my third dive, the other diver was a beginner and I was a bit nervous that he was going to blow through his air quickly. I think Rimas was thinking the same thing so he asked the first mate of the boat who was also a divemaster/instructor to dive with us. After the beginner diver went through his air rather quickly, Rimas ascended with him and I stayed down for a bit longer with the other dive guide. I don\'t know many dive shops that would have done this for one diver. The next day I went on 4 dives with Rimas in Playa. The 4 dives were great because it was just me and him. I love one on one dives and half of my dives with Blue Life were one on one. I felt like I was back in my open water course from all the personal attention. On my final day of diving I did 3 dives at two different Cenotes with Hugo. The first two tanks were at Dos Ojos. Hugo was great with his pre-dive briefing and was a great guide. It was my first time cavern diving but I felt completely safe. I did dive with 3 other divers who had just gotten their open-water but it wasn\'t as bad as I thought it was going to be. My last dive of the day and the last dive of my trip was at a different Cenote (Tajmaha) and this was my favorite dive of the entire trip. It helped that this was another one on one dive and our bottom time was much, much longer than my dives at Dos Ojos. Hugo also took me on a route that I think was the opposite direction of the other divers there so it felt like we were the only divers in that Cenote. I also liked that Hugo told me the history of the Cenotes and the current state as well. Some quick stats: 10 dives total 5 one-on-one dives Average dive group size: 1.9 divers/guide (which is insanely low) Rimas and Hugo were incredible guides and really good people too. I met some of the other dive shop people and they were all really nice and I\'m sure are great guides/instructors. But what really stands out is that you can tell they really love what they do and love diving, and that attitude makes it a better experience for the divers. I will definitely be back in Playa to dive with Blue Life again as there are many more Cenotes that I would like to dive. *Don\'t forget to tip your Dive Guide and Crew! The generally accepted practice is $5-10 PER TANK. Tipping is obviously your choice but it\'s kind of a D move not to.
M M –
Fantastic Diving. Wonderful Staff. This shop is situated on the \"mellow\" edge of town, away from the fray of Playa del Carmen\'s main strip, 10th Avenue. The relaxed vibe that pervades the shop takes the frenetic human temperature down to more acceptable levels, a welcome respite from the din and souvenir palaces just a few blocks away. For divers looking for a more personalized approach, the dedicated crew that run this delightful outfit will customize your diving trips and strive to make everything work. If cenote diving is your thing, or if you\'d like to add such an experience to a log book (as I did), the crew here provide expert guidance--they are trained cave divers. Our family, with varying degrees of skills, took the plunge with Hugo and Remus, diving Cozumel and the reef off Playa. Hugo conducted open-water certification dives for our 10-year-old, and Fernanda took care of our questions and bookings (and recommended local eateries as well). Rental prices are reasonable and the equipment is in good shape. Highly recommended!
Cave Diving in the Cenotes of Riveria Maya I just returned from a week of diving with the staff at Blue Life Diving. Day one, Vale and I took the ferry to dive in Cozumel. I love diving in Cozumel. The remaining 6 days I went cave diving with Hugo as my guide. We visited a different cave system each day; it was fantastic. Both of the guides were personable, safety conscious and very knowledgable about the area and its dive sites. Last year, I took a two week course in side mount, cavern and cave diving at Blue Life. Interested in exploring a new chapter in diving? If so, investigate the options at Blue Life. You can feel comfortable diving with the personnel there; you will be in good hands. Charles.
Blue Life is the best!!! This is the best dive shop I have ever been to. The staff is amazing. From the initial booking with Fernanda to the diving with Hugo, Sarah, and Frank, everything is super organized and professional. This was my 3rd time cave diving with Blue Life and I would not go anywhere else. As a PADI instructor, I have been to numerous shops across the Caribbean and Mexico and Blue Life is the best I have been to. I can\'t wait to go back.
Jim D –
bucket list cenote diving After a week of drift diving Cozumel, added a few days in Cancun with plans to do a couple of cenote dives. Well, expectations were exceeded, our DM, Simon, was our DM, very safety concious & experienced. An \"other worldly\" experience, glad we had a serious DM, would not have wanted to do 1st cenote diving with a company or DM with less experience, if open water diving can kill you, cenote diving can do it 4x as easy. Would definately go back. My 130 dives are not big time, but have enough to know a quality, customer service driven dive company when I experience 1. Fernanda, the shop & dive coordinator, was very prompt @ answering all my pre-trip questions, like she wanted us to join them, what a concdept.
Robin R –
Perfect! Blue Life was complete perfection from beginning to end! Fernanda assisted me from afar as I planned a three day dive trip for my son 19 (who was nearly finished with his PADI certification) and myself who hadn\'t been diving in 23 years. She stayed in touch regularly with me and responded to my multiple questions quickly and completely. I felt very comfortable heading in to this trip knowing that she was in charge of us. Upon our arrival to Playa del Carmen the weather forecast was windy for our dive days but Fernanda quickly dealt with it by steering us to the dives that would be safe and would best suit our desires as well as get us diving. Since we could not dive directly from Playa del Carmen due to the waves, she suggested a ferry trip to Cozumel for our first day and linked us with Sarah whom we befriended immediately. Sarah was awesome! She was organized, professional, calm and friendly as she lead our team of divers and instructed my son on his last check out dive for certification. We were able to make two dives on that first day and with visibility at 100+ feet we saw spectacular aquatic life including a moray eel out in full, a spotted sting ray, a sea turtle, so many different beautiful fish and corals. The entire time Sarah was checking on our comfort and helping both my son and I with our skills. The second day was still windy so both Sarah and Fernanda suggested that we try the cenotes which are exclusive to this area in Mexico. Knowing that I was less than confident in low visibility and close quarters, Sarah drove us to Casa Cenote the most open of the cenotes. This type of diving offered us an opportunity that I am forever thankful for. For our second dive that day Sarah packed up all of our gear (something she did with every dive which made my experience a breeze!) and drove us to Jardin de Eden centote where, by choice, I decided to snorkel while my son who was confident and capable by then enjoyed another spectacular dive. By the third day of diving my son went on his own with another dive master who was equally qualified and they did a two tank dive in more advanced centotes which my son took video of and cannot stop talking about! Six dives in three days, all thoroughly organized and orchestrated flawlessly; each amazing and diverse! The entire experience made for a trip of a lifetime for my son and I. I cannot thank Fernanda, Sarah and the entire Blue Life team enough for this experience. I recommend anyone traveling to this part of Mexico to book snorkeling or diving trips with this trustworthy group of professionals!
Amazing! Although very excited about diving in the Cenotes for the first time i was also a little nervous but these guys were so awesome. So smooth to organise, Fernanda was awesome and the diving was great with Hugo who guided the best dive I have ever done! I have been recommending this to everyone since returning home and I will definitely be back in Playa to dive with the Blue Life guys again!
Spectacular Service, Excellent Diving I had the pleasure of diving with the great people at Blue Life and I couldn\'t be happier. While there\'s an abundance of dive operators in Playa I can\'t imagine that many can match the level of personalized care and attention that I experienced with Blue Life. The entire staff seemed fully engaged and mainly interested in my safety and ensuring the dives were tailored to my skill level and my interests. I did a six dive package. Each was unique and fun but the cenotes are by far the most unusual environment I\'ve been in to date. A surreal and incredible experience. But regardless of the location, the Blue Life team made sure that my needs were met. One of my dives even included lunch, a nice touch. At the end of the day, they rinsed and stored my gear so it was ready for the next day of diving. I am 100% satisfied with the service I received and I can recommend them to anyone looking for personalized service and diving with professionals who are interested in ensuring you have a good experience.
Great dive shop, super friendly staff! My husband and I went to Playa del Carmen for New Year holidays, and our goal was to dive as much as possible. We picked Blue Life because of its good review here on TripAdvisor and we weren\'t disappointed! The staff and instructors were super friendly,and did everything they could to arrange the dives as we wished. We dove two days in Cozumel, one in Playa del Carmen, including the bull shark dive, and Fernanda even arranged three dives at the Cenotes on January 1st, when most dive shops are closed. We highly recommend Blue Life! We had a wonderful experience and are looking forward to diving with them again!
Best staff and service ever! This is the 2nd time I\'ve dived with Frank and Blue Life. This time for a movie production \"Cave\" where Frank, Sarah and Fernanda worked as local producers doing all of our logistics in terms of diving, cenotes license, accomodation and getting around. We received great help from Simon and Hugo as safety divers for our actors and they provided all their effort to help out on the shoot. Frank is very helpful and supervising as always, they made us feel safe and taken care of, on a personal level too. I highly recommend their level of expertise and the #1 place to go for cenote, cavern and cave diving on Yucatan. You can not deal with better people than this, and their business is growing so please put your holiday investments and experiences here, you won\'t regret it. Can\'t wait to plan our 3rd trip!
Rebecca H –
Awesome Experience Had a great experience at this dive shop. Wandered in off the street and was able to schedule a day of diving catered exactly to what we wanted to do - a reef dive and a cenote dive. The staff were very friendly and our dive guide Hugo was awesome. We had never done a Cenote dive before but Hugo gave great guidance and we had an unreal experience. Would definitely recommend this dive shop!
Jason L –
Great Dive Shop that caters to its customers After a less than pleasant experience with another dive shop, my girlfriend and I wandered into this one. Immediately they asked us what we wanted to see and created an itinerary for just that. We signed up to do a dive at Akumal in hopes of seeing some turtles, and then ending the day in a Cenote. The next morning we had 3 additional divers join us. We did our first dive, and while we did not see any turtles, our guide Hugo was awesome. We went to the cenote to finish while the other divers did another turtle dive. They say turtles, but the cenote dive was the coolest dive I have done to date. Utterly breathtaking. Hugo was again very professional and knowledgable.
Jaime R –
Tailored dive package with great service! Before our trip we corresponded with Courtney and Sarah, both of which were very helpful in creating a dive package that my boyfriend and I wished to do. The diving they recommended in Cozumel was great diving. Our dive guide, Hugo, showed us a great time and ensured our safety. The second day of diving in the cenotes with Hugo was an unbelievable experience for us. We did not have previous experience cavern diving, so Hugo gave us extensive safety briefings and lead us through 3 caverns. I highly recommend diving the cenotes, especially with Blue Life. Our dive group only consisted of myself and my boyfriend, so you can\'t ask for a better dive experience.
Keith W –
Became a better diver with Blue Life I recently spent an amazing week in PDC taking the TDI sidemount and cavern courses and cenote diving with Blue Life. The excellent staff (Frank and Hugo in particular) made the week both unbelievably enjoyable and highly educational. I have been diving with my partner for just over a year and half, and I love it! We booked this diving learncation with Blue Life because we wanted to find out more about diving in the beautiful cenotes of the Yucatan, and there is no higher-rated dive shop in the Mayan Riviera. Frank (the owner), responded to our emails promptly and made sure we were up to the challenge of the TDI sidemount and cavern diving courses. Blue Life also offers guided cavern tours of local cenotes, which don\'t require any extra training, but we wanted the opportunity to hone our diving skills with world-class instructors. I wasn\'t disappointed. As promised, the TDI sidemount and cavern courses were challenging, but rewarding. It took me quite a while to get used to the sidemount equipment configuration and diving position, but my instructor Hugo persistently worked with me until I could achieve the expected level of competence. My buoyancy, trim, and propulsion technique are all considerably improved! The cavern course taught me how to handle challenging diving scenarios and equipment failure in zero visibility situations. I have never been more challenged nor felt more rewarded! After completing the courses (which were taught on-site at the gorgeous cenote Jardin del Eden), my partner and I decided to take advantage of Blue Life\'s excellent service, and spent two more days diving with them in local cenotes. Despite torrential downpours, the diving was spectacular with unbelievable visibility at every location. Chikin-Ha was extraordinary, Dos Ojos was epic, and Tajma-Ha was majestic and serene...there is no way to choose a favourite among them. The week spent with Hugo and Frank at Blue Life has made me a considerably better diver, and although I saw many wonderful things, I have had only the slightest glimpse of the beautiful caves, caverns and cenotes of the Yucatan. As I write this review I am currently booking my next trip to PDC to take another course with Blue Life. The cenotes are calling!
William C –
The BEST Cave and Cavern Diving with Blue Life Diving!!!! We dove for 4 straight days and did the Taj Mahal, Angelita, Pit, Car Wash, Grand and Dos Ojos cenotes. Our divemaster, Hugo, was outstanding. He was a great diver and even better host. Blue Life Diving scheduled our whole week which included a day on a private boat drift diving in Cozumel. If you want a great week of diving look no further than Blue Life and their owner Frank Gutierrez. From start to finish we received the most amazing service and experience. I\'ve travelled all round the world and Blue Life truly delivers over and above. If you\'re looking for a fantastic professional service then this is the dive company for you.
Excellent I chose blue life based on their reviews on trip advisor to do my open water and advanced open water qualification over five days and I wasn\'t disappointed. The whole service was great from Sarah organising my padi enrolment (and patiently responding to the multiple questions that a newby diver has) through to Hugo instructing me all week on the theory and practical. Firstly safety was paramount which gave me all the confidence I needed when faced with some of the more challenging adventure dives. The variety of diving was excellent from the cenotes to the beautiful reefs. The tuition was first class so I really feel that I have come away a competent diver in my own right. Lastly every one I met that was part of the team from the boat guys to the instructors were just easy to get on with fun people. I\'d absolutely recommend this company and if I\'m back diving in Playa del Carmen this will be my first call. Thanks guys for making it a great experience
Neil G –
Excellent diving - local ocean, Cozumel and cenotes We had five days of wonderful diving with Blue Life - two days on the local Playa sites, two days on Cozumel via the ferry and a day at cenotes. We booked with Frank online and coordinated via both email and telephone. Frank has local and US phone numbers so he makes communications really easy - and he\'s almost instantaneous in responding to questions. It was kind of funny that we never actually met Frank in person during our visit, because he had gone to Mexico City to get a new vehicle for the business. However, he had everything so well organized that we didn\'t miss a beat. Josiah was our DM on the four ocean dive days. We met on our first day, set up our gear and didn\'t need to mess with it until our last dive. He took car of washing everything and hanging gear to dry. Throughout the dives, Josiah allowed us to dive at our own pace and spend as much time as we wanted checking out things we found and taking photos. He pointed out stuff he found, but he totally let us dive our own profiles and to our capabilities. We didn\'t surface until we needed to. It was great diving with Josiah. Rafael (aka Frenchie) took us diving at The Pit and Tajma Ha. We had two great dives and we loved experiencing Rafael\'s love of cenote and cave diving. We\'ve been diving with several other shops in the Playa area and Blue Life is the best we\'ve seen. We highly recommend them.
Elena W –
First Cenotes\' Dive! A recent short trip to Mexico, gave us an opportunity for one day of cenotes diving. A magical landscape and experience made even better by the generosity and hospitality we were given by Blue Life. From the easy planning process via email with Frank all the way to our, out-of-the-way drop off to our hotel by Frenchie, our entire experience (my first of cavern diving) was amazing! Our guide Frenchie was down to earth and kept us comfortable and informed every step of the way. His love for diving was inspiring to say the least. Sad to have had only enough time for one day of diving, but the excursion left me wanting for more, and any trip in the future to the Playa del Carmen area, Blue Life will be hearing from me! An experience I will never forget, thank you again!
Phenomenal service. This the second time I\'ve had the opportunity to dive with Blue Life, the experience was just as exciting as the first. Frank was able to accomadate me and my misses with a wonderful day of cenotes diving. As before he fine tuned the dive itinerary specifically to our wants and desires. He even provided out of the way transportation to and from our hotel. And what else can I say Frenchie, Frenchie, Frenchie, an absolute gentleman and professional, it was pleasure having him as our guide. I can\'t wait for my next adventure with Blue Life.
Elena G –
Highly recommended Lovely people and very nice experience. Good organization and communication. The activity exceeded our expectations.
Extremely dedicated dive team I don\'t even know where to begin. I contacted Bluelife prior to arriving in Playa Del Carmen. Fank who answered took the time to explain the type of diving available in the area and answered my questions. He suggested the two most interesting Cenotes to dive and advised me to send a request via email to Sarah. Sarah responded promptly to my requests and booked me for two days, one for two cenotes and the other for two tank ocean dives. First day I dove with William who was very helpful with location information and suggested to head out to see Bull sharks. We had wonderful dive with bull sharks which have not let the area yet. Second day was spent diving Cenotes with Hugo who is very knowledgeable and patient. I highly highly recommend this dive operation for anyone who wats to throughly enjoy diving in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.
Best Dive Shop! Frank, and his team, were the best I\'ve encountered in over 20 years of diving around the world. Frank\'s follow-through, his professionalism, his enthusiasm and all that we encountered while in Playa Del Carmen during what is the busiest time of the year just made our dive experiences some of the most enjoyable times for all three of us-- my husband, my 18-year-old stepdaughter and myself. If you want to plan your diving in advance, you must call Frank. He and his team of dive masters are awesome!
Cynthia K –
I am so thrilled with our diving experience two weeks ago, thanks to owner Frank Guiterrez! He went out of his way to contact me directly via phone to discuss all my questions for our dive trip(s). His advice about the area and the type of dives my husband and I should do, based upon our experience was spot-on. His choice of dive masters for our dives was perfect, too! If you want your dive experience to be stress free and the top of the class, you must check out Frank and his team! You will not be disappointed. It was our best family vacation ever, thanks to Frank!
LOVED my experience with MONICA I did my open water certification dive with Blue Life and I would highly recommend them. Frank was personable and helpful on the phone prior to my trip, as I was trying to sort out between way too many scuba centers options. He was giving me all sorts of helpful advice and it was clear I was not going to be just another client, but that I was going to get top of the line service and personal treatment. A great bonus for Blue Life is that they pick you up at your hotel to take you to the dives!!! So you don\'t have to find your way to the dive center and waste time and money on that. Monica, my instructor was absolutely phenomenal. I did my certification with her and by the end of day one, I already felt like I met a dear friend. She was knowledgable, personable, real and so fun to be with, she knows diving like the back of her hand, knows Playa like the back of her hand. I enjoyed every moment with her, from the skills work, the diving, the lunches we had. I even enjoyed doing the quizzes and going over the tests with her. We did a couple of extra dives in Cenotes together and I am still amazed by the experience. It was beautiful and magical. Definitely a stunning experience I will do again. I would HIGHLY recommend Blue Life and MONICA. I do not usually write reviews, but I was so confused prior to my trip with so many options, and I was so over-satisfied that I felt like I had to. When I am back in Playa I am diving with Monica at Blue Life again. I have no desire to dive with anyone else!
Safety First! My family and I enjoyed our first dive with The Blue Life over the recent Thanksgiving break. This was not only our first dive with Blue Life, but also our first dive ever and we could not have been in better hands. We coordinated our dive with Frank and he was our point of contact throughout the booking process. We spent a significant amount of time researching and reading reviews leading up to our booking due to the fact we were going to have our 12 year old daughter join us on this adventure. Blue Life offers an \"Explore Diving\" option which allows you to do the first two dives of your PADI certification as an option. This was perfect for us because we were unsure if this would be too much for our young daughter. The first of our two dives involved intensive training out of the water as much as in, we were taught all of the basics including the use of all of the equipment its functions and what was to be expected once we entered the water. William was our instructor and I cannot thank him enough for the time and care he took with all of us, especially out daughter. He was not lax in any way, if he felt we weren\'t comprehending all of what was he was teaching or what was involved, he would repeat and re-teach until it was clearly understood and we were able to demonstrate the knowledge learned. Following the pre dive training, we did our first dive in a small and safe cenotes called the \"Garden of Eden\" this offers both a challenging option for more experienced divers, but also a very safe shallow option to demonstrate what we had learned in our initial training. William took no chances and walked us through all of the procedures and signals by first demonstrating while we watched. We than had to be able to repeat without error. If we made a mistake he would have us repeat until we were up to his standards. We than began by descending about 15\' and kneeling on the bottom, he adjusted our weight to insure we were able to float evenly from the bottom to the top as well as taught techniques to self adjust while swimming. He than had us follow him in a circle around the shallow portion of the cenotes and continue to demonstrate what we had learned. He continued this until he felt we had a strong understanding of the concepts and procedures involved. Even after we had reached that point he asked my daughter if she was comfortable and without hesitation spent another 20 minutes insuring that she was as comfortable as we were. What really confirmed that we made the right choice was when we were getting out and a young couple who had been with another group observed us and expressed that it was their first dive too and had no where near the level of training they had seen us undergo before and while diving. You could see that they were truly concerned with their level of training and supervision. We at no point were in any danger while with William, but the other couple stated that they were allowed to enter caves and tight areas without the proper training and felt fearful throughout the the entire experience with their instructor. Following the training and initial dive we than headed to another cenotes called \"Casa Cenotes\" this was a crystal clear and open area, almost like a very deep river with many crevasses and caves. It had very few obstacles to cause us problems, but gave you a truly incredible experience for our first open water dive. We explored the depths with a high level of confidence and at no point were we out of Williams sight for a moment. Our underwater pictures and video would be the only way to truly articulate the beauty, but in one word \"Amazing\". Thank you William and Blue Water for a truly memorable experience.
Again, great diving experience with Blue Life and is staff That was my second time diving with Blue Life and still think that is the best team that you can dive with. You can see and feel that they love what they\'re doing and do everything for you to have the best diving experience in Playa del Carmen. Easy to communicate with them and answer really quick. Need a course or any tip to be a better diver, just ask them and they will do everything to give you the best. Experienced, smiling and generous staff. I would definitely recommend Bleu Life for everybody who\'s going diving in Playa del Carmen. Thanks again for everything!!!
Great instructors, experience Blue life diving provided us a great diving experience in Playa del Carmen. They arranged trips to the Cenote and overall we had a great time.
Deborah P –
Beyond amazing!! I am so lucky to have found blue life on trip advisor. I read the great reviews and took a chance and wow! Cenotes. Night diving. Nitrox. Everything you desire and things you never knew you desired!!! Ha. William was an expert guide and he went out of his way to make sure I was safe and had everything I needed. The entire staff is great ( so likable and knowledgable). Thank you for the best memories. I hope to return soon!!!! I\'m telling my friends...
Deb P. –
Best!!! I highly recommend! Every detail is taken care of, call frank. You will be happy you did! William is an excellent guide, I can\'t wait to return!!
Felt like Indiana Jones My wife and I did our advanced water certification as well as Cenote diving with Blue Life. It was an unforgettable experience and Peter our instructor made it very special. Cenote diving was amazing, really felt like we were in an Indiana Jones movies, lol. Frank was very reliable, flexible, easy to work with and gave me the best prices possible. Couldn\'t have asked for a better diving experience and Blue Life made it happen.
Silvestre B –
Excellent Experience Bullet Point Kinda Guy: -Instructor (Pete) arrived ontime and was very welcoming -Instructor was knowledgeable regarding the region -Instructor considered the weather and chose two different cenotes for diving -Instructor was very thorough in going through all safety measures and dive plans (specifically pointing out the differences between open water diving and cave diving -Very helpful in laying out the gear -Accommodating Unforgettable experience with a professional company. Highly recommended.
Fantastic! Everything was smooth, well communicated, well organized, and a custom created experience! Price was fair and competitive and Blue Life really took the time to listen to what we were wanting to see and do, and came through in style!
Teen certification & first cavern dive My husband and I took our 15-year-old to the Riviera Maya to finish his dive certification with his open water dives. Owner Frank was in FL, but we got everything arranged via phone and email and he was very responsive. Pete was our dive instructor and we went to Akumal for the first dives in the afternoon. But storm swells had come up and it was pretty hairy. I wasn\'t sure my son was going to be able to do it and we were on the verge of seasickness, as well. Somehow, Pete matter-of-factly got us all into the water and down 30 ft. where it was calm and lovely. He was patient with our son and very thorough about running him through all the tests, with no \"free passes\" and he finished his open water dives. A day later we went to the cenotes. My husband and I had sworn we\'d never do closed environment diving, and fortunately, we didn\'t realize that\'s what this was until Pete started the briefing! We had thought we were just going DOWN into a cenote. Our son, the brand new diver, was gung ho, so we couldn\'t very well chicken out. And are we glad we went - it was gorgeous!! We went to 2 different cenotes, Garden of Eden and Taj Ma-ha. Beautiful light and caverns. Pete is an exceedingly experienced technical cave diver and took fantastic care of all of us. We could tell this was his favorite thing. We will definitely be back for more with Pete and Blue Life!
Patrick D. –
Definitely one of the best dive places in Playa del Carmen. Frank, the owner took very good care of me, calling me from Mexico before my trip to get me a lot of information, made sure I knew what I should see, and was one of the best dive shop experiences I had. Even when I couldn\'t make the last day of my (planned) dive, Frank was prompt to refund the deposit when requested. I would highly recommend this shop!
Great experience with Bluelife team / Wilian our divemaster Spent the week diving with Wilian in the cenotes and the ocean - we had an absolute blast! Karla and Frank organised everything before arrival and kept checking on us throughout the week. They advised us on hotels before the trip and adapted our diving schedule when we caught the cenotes bug, culminating with the pit and dos ojos on our last day. Wilian is a great divemaster, taking us trough the nitrox course on day 2 then showing us his passion for exploration in the cenotes for the rest of the week.
Excellent service, great experience This is a top notch dive shop. Frank is on top of communication, and he\'s the guy at the helm of the shop. Frank responded to my inquiry to his website quickly and personally. The other two dive shops did not respond at all to my e-mails, while Frank called me, took time to answer my questions, and worked with my schedule. When some timing issues came up for me, Frank was gracious to work around them and schedule me at a time that worked for me. And due to an illness, I had to cancel two dives, which Frank reached out personally to make sure we were OK, to offer help, and promptly took care of the deposit that I had placed. Absolutely top notch service. Frank sets the bar VERY high, I will absolutely be diving here again next time I come back.
Awesome Dive Op Blue Life was recommended on ScubaBoard.com and I am so very glad I contacted them. Frank was always in contact with us at the resort arranging dives around our ever changing schedule. We had two different dive masters- Peter and William-and both were awesome. Very polite, professional and fun to be around. My wife had a broken foot and they got her to and from the dive sites, in and out of the water and helped her with all her equipment. They were amazing. The Cenote dives - breathtaking. Thank you Blue Life!
Custom diving at its best I can tell you that Blue Life Diving\'s top spot on Trip Advisor has been well earned and deserved. My wife and I called a few dive operators for quotes and options on arrival in Playa. It was Blue Life Diving who\'s custom dive plan and attention to their customers needs won me over. Karla and Frank\'s attention to their customers is second to none. My wife got burnt on the day we went to Cozumel so wasn\'t feeling up to diving again in Cozumel the next day. Frank was so understanding and totally went out of his way to make last minute changes so we could dive two more cenotes vs. another long sunny trip on the Cozumel boat. Blue Life truly takes care of their customers and goes the extra mile to ensure that they are having a great time. In total we did ten dives with Blue Life. Also, their equipment is all top notch and well taken care of. Special thanks to William who helped me overcome my fear of cenote diving. (it was so good we dove four of them!) He practices super safe diving and is a great guide and an amazing person. We\'ll definitely we using Blue Life for all future diving trips on the Mayan Coast. They are the best!
Huddy F –
Great company to dive with Blue Life was one of a few companies we tried while in Playa Del Carmen, and I wish we had tried them first. In a region heavy on profiteering, Blue Life\'s focus on Service and professionalism was refreshing and very appreciated. If there is any disparity in price between them and other companies (and there wasn\'t that I noticed), they are worth every cent
Amazing experience Excellent service with some amazing dive sites. Cenotes diving is really a game changer, it will blow your mind.
Amazing personalized experience - super accomodating My husband and I decided to purchase a Blue Life diving package on our recent trip to the Mayan Riviera. We are relatively new divers, and it was our first dive in 10 months. Karla and Frank were both super accommodating in helping us arrange a diverse schedule of dives for us which included: playa dives, conzumel and a variety of cenote dives. Also, due to personal circumstances and preferences, we ended up changing the dive days, and locations twice, which they did for us with no problems. All of our guides were great, but Willian in particular was AWESOME, he took us out in the cenotes, and my husband had a fear of confined space, but Willian was so safe and knowledgeable, he loved it - and we ended up going out again the last day on another cenote dive. Both Karla and Frank are very helpful, and great company. The next time we are back, we will definitely be diving with Blue Life, and highly recommend them to those looking for a great dive team.
DIVE WITH THEM! On June 27, 2014, and June 28, 2014, I did three and four dives respectively with Blue Life divers. My guide was Frank Gutierrez, one of the owners of Blue Life, and we dove The Pit, Taj Maha, Dreamgate, and Dos Ojos. From the beginning, Blue Life\'s service was excellent: Karla Perusquia, who runs Blue Life with Frank, was immediately responsive to my emails and super-helpful and charming. Whatever I asked, Karla answered. Frank is a fun, charming guide who is not only hard-working and helpful, but who also is just a blast to hang out with. This should show what I mean: I came down to Playa to dive the Cenotes and hit my 100th dive. I miscounted and thought I needed six dives to get there. Three dives per day. After the first day, I realized I\'d miscounted. I told Frank and Karla the next morning and Frank found a way to get me four dives on day two...and my hundredth dive. Thank you, Karla and Frank, for an awesome two days of diving. I\'d book you guys again in a heartbeat.
Awesome! I booked a trip with my mom for an all day adventure with Blue Life. Karla is great. I reached out to her to help me plan the trip and she got back to me within 24 hours with a full, personalized itinerary (in addition to some suggestions outside of the tour!). We wanted to a trip that wasn\'t too touristy - and we got exactly what we wanted! Guillermo was an awesome tour guide and took us through some really cool cenotes - unlike previous Cancun experiences, there wasn\'t a soul around! I really appreciate the attentiveness and attention to detail Blue Life had and will definitely be going back on another tour!
Excellent personalized service!!! Frank and Karla run a great business! They worked hard to create a personalized experience that truly meets your needs and expectations. Their dive staff includes masters level marine biologists that are patient, considerate, and able to adapt to all levels of diver from basic to advanced. There is not a better place to get your cave diving experience than with Blue Life. Would not hesitate to dive with them again!!! Thanks guys!!!
Jonathan R –
Mind Expanding Cenotes - Outstanding Operation in every possible way I\'ll start with communication and service. Outstanding all the way. Karla is absolutely first rate with this always on the ball with a quick and helpful reply. When you\'re trying to sort things out on a holiday at short notice this is massively important. I might also add that nothing was too much trouble. In our case this included finding us accommodation at a hefty discount, lending us laptops & iPads to complete PADI training, re-scheduling training at short notice and so on. On the diving side Frank & Pete are both superb. Both vastly qualified and experienced for the PADI Open Water and the small amount of Cavern Diving I did. On their off time these guys go exploring and charting caves that have literally never been dived before so truly live and breathe it and it really showed when you were around them. The caves/caverns/cenotes/xenotes themselves were a huge highlight for me. Literally mind expanding. Really didn\'t know what to expect but found them to be totally jaw dropping (The Pit, Dream Gate to name two). I might add that the last dive I did before diving here was Darwin\'s Arches out in Galapagos. Finally Karla and Frank are a really lovely friendly couple and make a great team. There are some great dive operations around there but it is very clear to me why these guys are number 1.
Joe C –
Very Knowledgeable & Professional The guides at Blue Live have amazing technical diving skills and are fun to spend surface time with, also. When I come back to the area, I look forward to using their services again. They\'re very friendly and professional. Their pricing is comparable, but the quality of service they provide makes the value very high!
Max D –
Amazing dives, great personalized Service! I am an expireced diver who had always wanted to do a cenote dive. I was referred to Blue Life by a dive shop I used to dive with, I was very happy I contacted them for the dives. My guide Pete came to my Hotel in Tulum to pick me up. From the beginning I was impressed by his professionalism, and knowledge. I had around 250 dives, but zero in a Cenote, I was a little nervous about the dive. Pete really helped by giving me a thurough dive briefing, and helping with my equipment. Once in the water I had an amazing dive experience, it was like nothing I had seen before. I\'d like to give a big thanks to Pete for the great dives, and to Frank and Karla for getting it all set up. The next time I am diving in the Yucatan it will be with Blue Life!
Blue Life is incredible!! It was amazing, i really had the time of my life!! i hope to be back as soon as possible! I really enjoyed the divings at akumal, cenotes and playa del carmen... My instructor Pete was great an very patient. Thanks Frank and Karla, Blue Life is the best!! See u soon!!
Marc P –
Amazing experience I\'m a moderately-experienced diver, always looking for new challenges and opportunities to expand my skill sets, and since I was going to the best place in the world for cave diving, I figured it was the perfect time to give it a shot. I had read a lot about cave diving, and was tempted to test the waters, although not without some trepidation, so I signed up for a cavern course. In the end, I got more than I asked for, but all of which is what I really wanted--not only did I get a solid foundation in cavern diving, but also sidemount diving, and over the course of three days I even completed a not-insubstantial portion of the intro to cave course. Frank is a great instructor; even though we were doing something that most people, including many certified divers, would balk at, I felt completely safe the whole time, and, by the end, was confident in the skills I\'d learned. The last dive, which I took with my team on the cavern side of Taj Ma Ha\', was perhaps the best of my life so far. I am already looking forward to returning and completing the intro to cave course, and eventually getting full cave certification.
Patrick M –
Experience of a Lifetime! If you are already a diver and haven\'t experienced the Playa/Cozumel/Tulum area of Mexico, you need to do it soon. If you are not certified, but have been thinking about it, what are you waiting for!? We recently returned from our trip, and can\'t wait to get back to one of the best diving areas in the world!!! Blue Life made our experience even more memorable by providing first class service and professionalism. Both Frank and Karla are English speaking, as well as our DM Pete, which made arrangements that much easier. Pete was exceptional in his services as well. He was a wealth of information, and showed much skill and concern for everyone\'s happiness and safety. Both me and my wife highly recommend Blue Life if you are looking to add to your diving bucket list, or to get the proper training in a world class environment.
Great Time We did three days of Cenote diving with Frank, Karla and Pete. It was fantastic, and I would unhesitatingly recommend their operation. Top notch.
Discover Scuba course and Refresher/ Fun Dives We dove with Blue Life as 3 first time divers and an out of water DMT. Frank insured to schedule dive locations that would interest all of us, despite the vast array of skill levels. Absolutely one of the best dive operations I have been with, very through and professional. Pete was a great instructor as well, the new divers were in great hands. Will be back, and highly recommend
Unforgettable scenery with reliable tuition To experience the underwater world in the \"sink holes\" of Mexican jungle is a very exotic and cultural way of diving, its like nothing else! We chose Blue Life diving because of Frank\'s reputation in the diving society and by recommendation from his previous students. Our courses gave us new in-depth view of how to dive caverns with sidemount and we appreciated the high level of professionalism. We will for sure come back to dive the cenotes again, that tells a lot about our diving experience with Blue Life.
Best Dive Operation I\'ve Used I\'ve used many dive ops all over the world. Frank and Karla, by far, are the most patient, accommodating and knowledgeable that I\'ve experienced. We threw a few curve balls at them - there was some scuba, freediving and videography involved, and in multiple locations depending on light, depth and background. Never once did it seem that they were unwilling to go above and beyond to provide exactly what we needed on any given day. I\'m a scuba and freediving instructor, and can imagine that with Frank\'s nature and experience, he would be a fantastic teacher. I wouldn\'t hesitate to take a course with him, and I know who I\'ll call the next time I\'m in the area.
A Valuable Resource In our industry, it is important to collaborate with those we have a close and personal relationship with. When 3LD decided we should shoot my designs in Mexico, we became anxious - how could we possibly coordinate everything we need so quickly? We\'re professional designers and videographers, but coordinating across international lines, not to mention underwater, is always a tricky situation. Enter Frank, Karla, from Blue Life - a one of a kind, full-service \"dive-shop\" that couldn\'t have been more generous with their time, resources and spirit. Their professional cautiousness and attention to detail kept our six person crew safe, calm and happy while performing extremely difficult maneuvers underwater, and their knowledge of the area allowed us to move swiftly from location to location, despite many obstacles in our path (local language barriers, uncooperative sunlight, difficult safety coordination - all handled excellently by Blue Life). It is easy to say that, without Blue Life, the entire operation would\'ve been trecherous. I am so thankful for the new friends I\'ve made in them, and the new resource I have through them.
Irvings W –
Filming with success, couldn\'t have done it without Blue Life We were in Playa on a mission: a complex film shoot in the cenotes and the ocean, with very specific requirements for the required shots we needed. Blue Life managed our project\'s location requirements, our gas needs, out transport, pickup and drop off, boat, equipment and safety. We needed this shoot to go flawlessly as we were on a very tight schedule. Frank took care of my safety while I was operating the camera, and he and Karla worked with the underwater subjects we were shooting. We were shooting free divers, so it all had to be well coordinated with little margin for error. Really we are in their debt for the success of this shoot, and I am planning to go back and do cave training with Frank. That\'s how impressed I was with their operation. Pete Bucknell
Amazing experience A great diving experience! Pete the guide was very professional. I would recommend this shop to anyone interested in cenote diving.
The most incredible dive op. We found Blue Life (Frank and Karla) through the ScubaBoard forum. It began simply with us asking questions about diving in the area and they were kind enough to offer their experiences and local knowledge. We decided based on the prompt and genuine replies that we would dive with Blue Life. After more than a month of email correspondence prior to heading to Mexico we had everything planned out thanks to their excellent communication skills and dedication to their business and passion. We were incredibly happy with all of our cenote and ocean dives and couldn\'t imagine doing it with anybody else. We did have one small issue arise which was not Blue Life\'s fault - despite this, they still made every effort to accommodate us and ensure that our trip and memory of diving in Mexico was nothing less than it should have been - Incredible. After diving with Blue Life we have also decided that when we decide to do our Cave certifications we will not even consider doing it through anyone else. Blue Life\'s dedication to safety and their veteran experience in the field makes them the obvious choice. Thank you for a memorable trip and we look forward to seeing you in the future. T and N
Elena B –
Wonderful time with Blue Life I did my first cave dive with Blue Life in Tulum and had an amazing time! Frank was very professional in organizing my dive, making sure everything went smoothly and following up about my experience. My guide Pete was very experienced and made me feel very comfortable and safe. I had a great time and would definitely recommend Blue Life to my friends who visit Mexico!
Jason S –
Incredible experience. Frank and his guides provided my friend an incredible first-time Cenote experience. My friend was a new Open Water diver, and I\'m an instructor, and we both were blown away by the whole thing. Manolo was a fantastic guide, made my friend feel nice and comfortable, and took really good care of us. Will definitely be doing more diving with Blue Life!
Francisco Ciro Gutierrez –
Wonderful safe, adventure!!!
Cenotes!!!! Was going to PDC and posted a msg online for guides and dive shops in the area. Got a number of ppl on Scubaboard.com that recommended Frank. Hooked up with him and planned some of the itinerary w/ him via facebook. Had a awesome time. Went well beyond in accommodating us and our requests to go see specific cenotes as well as recommending some as well. Awesome dives, great guide.
Ashley S –
Awesome Cavern Diving! I was in Cozumel for a dive trip for a week this Spring. We were lucky enough to head over to Playa for a day of cenote diving. Had an incredible experience with Blue Life - guides were friendly, knowledgeable, safe and of course, fun! This was my first time cavern diving, and I loved it. Highly recommended!
Excellent... Professional & fun. Great diving, great people, great experience. Cristobal could not have been more helpful. He is an exceptional guide and created a schedule for the dive sites that we wanted to see. With his expert advice we enjoyed a fantastic diverse range of cenote dives. From being picked up in the morning from our hotel, throughout the dives, to being returned home; the day could not have been better ran. Fantastic small groups allowed us to enjoy the cenotes without the hassle of larger (multiple guide) tours. Blue life\'s professionalism made me feel exceptionally comfortable despite not cavern diving before. If I could give them a higher score (than 100%) I would.... Amazing.