Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya Offers Padi Scuba Certification With its 'Submerged in Riviera Maya' Program

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Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, in conjunction with Underwater Expeditions is offering scuba diving vacations where guests can receive their PADI certification while enjoying a luxury retreat at the resort.

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Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, in conjunction with Underwater Expeditions is offering scuba diving vacations where guests can receive their PADI certification while enjoying a luxury retreat at the resort. Expert scuba guides will introduce guests to an amazingly plentiful marine world in the warm, pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea for a memorable scuba experience.

The “Submerged in Riviera Maya” program begins with class and pool instruction at the resort followed by four exciting dives. Scuba instructors from Underwater Expeditions will take guests by boat from the resort to nearby colorful reefs to see rays, angel fish, parrot fish, blue tang, occasionally turtles and much more. The first two dives are typically to 40 foot depth range and the final two dives to 60 feet. Guests will find out why Riviera Maya is rated one of the best places in the world for scuba diving and after getting certified the waters of the world will be theirs to explore.

The “Submerged in Riviera Maya” package includes:

  •     Luxurious accommodation for four nights
  •     Daily American Breakfast
  •     Day one: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Class and pool training session at the hotel and 1st open water dive to 12m/40ft

  •     Day two: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Class and 2nd open water dive to 12m/40ft
(lunch and light snacks included)

  •     Day three: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Class and written exam, final two open water dives to 18m/60ft (lunch and light snacks included)

  •     Top-of-line gear and diving manual materials provided by Underwater Expeditions

Rates for the package based on a four-night stay for one scuba diver are as follows:
Rates begin at $2900 from October 1, 2008 to December 19, 2008. From January 3, 2009 to April 30, 2009, rates are from $3800. From May 1, 2009 to December 19, 2009, rates are from $2900.

The package price covers the cost of all “Riviera Maya Scuba” package activities, scuba gear and accommodations for four nights and breakfast. Additional nights may be added at prevailing rates. This package is valid year-round. Subject to availability and does not include room tax and service charge.

The PADI Scuba program by Underwater Expeditions offers a standardized curriculum that is recognized around the world as the industry standard for recreational scuba.

For more information or reservations, please contact the hotel directly on +52 (984) 877 3888, toll free reservations in the United States at (800) 526 6566; or Mandarin Oriental’s direct on-line reservations service at

About Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya
Nestled along an idyllic coastline on the dramatic Yucatan peninsula, Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya delivers an experience of luxury, well-being and exclusivity. A naturalist’s paradise, the resort features protected mangrove reserves and crystal-clear water from naturally formed lagoons and streams, highlighted by a spectacular cenote, a deep, freshwater reservoir sacred to the ancient Mayan that serves as the complex’s centerpiece. Ideally situated, the resort is only 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen in bustling Riviera Maya, with its dining, entertainment, specialty shops and boutiques, and just a 30-minute drive from Cancún International Airport.

About Underwater Expeditions of Riviera Maya
Underwater Expeditions has been operating in Riviera Maya for more than a decade and manages the water sports facilities at Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya. Activities range from kayak, parasail to catamaran sailing and kite surfing, deep sea fishing and fly fishing. A comprehensive range of snorkeling and dive tours are also offered. Underwater Expeditions is involved in reef protection and conservation and actively participates in marine restoration programs throughout the Riviera Maya.

Photography of Mandarin Oriental is available to download, in high and low resolution, in the Photo Library of our Media section, at

For further information, please contact:
Alexandra Wensley, Director of Communications
Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya
Telephone: (305) 913-8333
E-mail: awensley @


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