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Scuba Diving

A Puerto Vallarta Scuba diver with a shark

Discover the thrill of scuba diving in Puerto Vallarta, where you can explore the natural beauty of the underwater world and the rich variety of marine life.

Considered a premier diving destination, Puerto Vallarta is famous for its stunning underwater volcanic rock formations stemming from plateaus called “torrecillias” and columns called “las iglesias.”

The warm water of the Bay of Banderas and near perfect 60ft visibility combine to make Puerto Vallarta a popular diving destination in western Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta Diving Certification

There are several Puerto Vallarta suba diving operators that offer refresher courses and PADI certification courses. The Puerto Vallarta School of Diving is good place to start.

The Puerto Vallarta School of Diving’s PADI certified dive instructors will teach beginners ages 10 and up the basics of the sport during a four-hour theory and diving class. The class starts off at the swimming pool and then heads to the ocean for your first dive.

You can also use this class towards an Open Water certificate that may take several days to complete. Once certified, you will be able to dive in open water anywhere in the world. You will also be allowed to take all diving tours available in Puerto Vallarta.

An Advanced Open Water certificate may be required for other more rigorous dive trips.

Tips for Scuba Diving in Puerto Vallarta

  • Safety is your number one priority, therefore always go with a registered Puerto Vallarta diving company.
  • Always check your gear before leaving the shop- the dive boats may not carry extras.
  • Make sure your guides are certified PADI dive masters.
  • Watch the weather before you embark on a day long Puerto Vallarta diving trip.
  • Bring sunscreen and hydrate at all times.

Puerto Vallarta Scuba Diving Tour Providers

  • PV Sea Dive
    Mexico: (322) 150-6380
  • Vallarta Adventures
    Toll Free: 888-526-2238
  • Chico’s Dive Shop
    US: 1-805 617-0121
    Mexico: (322) 222-1895 or (322) 222-1875
  • Silent World Divers:
    International: 52 (322) 225 67 50
  • Puerto Vallarta Tours:
    US: 1-866-217-9704
    Mexico: 222-4935
    Toll-Free: 01-800-832-3632 or 1-866-464-6915
  • Vallarta Under Sea
    USA: (956) 287 -3832
    Mexico: (322) 209-0026
  • Vallarta.com
    USA: 1 800 588 7605
    Mexico: 01 800 3000 260
    International: 00 52 998 287 3672
  • Puerto Vallarta Scuba
    International: 011-521-322-306-0806
  • Scuba Vallarta
    Toll Free: 888-526-2238
  • Silent World Divers
    International: +52 (322) 225 67 50
  • Puerto Vallarta Divers
    USA: (708) 570-3981