Playa del Carmen - Gateway to the Riviera Maya

Paraiso Azul's Casa de Gopala Hotel

Featuring Yucatek Divers & Paraiso Azul's Casa de Gopala

Paraiso Azul's Casa de Gopala Hotel Most divers are familiar with Cozumel's huge coral formations, precipitous drop-offs, great diving. But mention the mainland of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and people associate it usually with one spot - Cancun, the place for baking in the sun and partying. The reality of course is that the Yucatan offers an immense variety of pleasures and adventures both above and below the sea. There are quaint Mexican villages lost in time, traditional markets with shoppers still in native dress, awe-inspiring Mayan historic sites spanning centuries of advanced culture, a fascinating diversity of flora and fauna, and unique diving ranging from freshwater Cenotes to endless offshore spur and groove reef formation swarming with fishes, and dotted with wrecks dating back to the "conquest" of the new world.

This coastal region south of Cancun has come to be known as the Riviera Maya. Slated by the shrewd Mexican tourism authority for 15,000 guests rooms, the area is host to everything from charming boutique hotels to monstrous (in my opinion at least) multi-thousand room vacation complexes. While good diving facilities are easily accessible along the coast, this region caters to a much broader range of tourism options than most dive-dedicated destinations. As such, the Riviera Maya is a great vacation option for families, and those couples where one is a diver while the other rolls their eyes at the thought of "another dive vacation."

Once a sleepy fishing village, Playa Del Carmen has become a gateway to this Riviera Maya experience. Overlooking a beautiful while sand beach, this vibrant and rapidly growing town is a 45-minute car ride south of the Cancun airport or a quick ferry ride over from the island of Cozumel. Totally unique in its own right, the atmosphere, flavor and overall vibe of "Playa," is much different from that of Cancun or Cozumel. Many people first visit Playa as day-trippers from these big-sister cities. Those who appreciate Playa del Carmen's laid-back charm and exceptional tourism values are pleasantly surprised and often come back to explore more of the Riviera Maya.



  Yucatek Divers & Hotel Casa de Gopala  
Spring & Fall Cenote Specials
Valid for travel May 1 - June 30   -and-   September 1 - October 31, 2014
Please contact Island Dreams for availability and pricing

4-night Cenote Special -- from $457 per person
  • 4 nights lodging at Casa de Gopala with A/C, fridge & cable TV
  • Two days of 2-tank ocean diving off Playa del Carmen
  • One day of 2-tank inshore cenote diving
7-night Cenote Special -- from $807 per person
  • 7 nights lodging at Casa de Gopala with A/C, fridge & cable TV
  • Two days of 2-tank ocean diving off Playa del Carmen
  • Three days of 2-tank inshore cenote diving
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include 19% tourism tax.
Airfare to Cancun is additional. No meals are included.
Cenote entrance fees are additional, payable by the diver in Mexico. Rental gear is not included, but is easily arranged at additional cost.
Packages are subject to availability and subject to change. Please contact Island Dreams for details.


  Yucatek Divers & Hotel Casa de Gopala  
Summer Whale Shark Specials
Valid for travel June 1 - August 31, 2014
Please contact Island Dreams for availability and pricing

4-night Whale Shark Special -- from $612 per person
  • 4 nights lodging at Casa de Gopala with A/C, fridge & cable TV
  • One day of 2-tank ocean diving off Playa del Carmen
  • One day of 2-tank inshore cenote diving
  • One full day excursion to snorkel with the whale sharks near Isla Mujeres
7-night Whale Shark Special -- from $912 per person
  • 7 nights lodging at Casa de Gopala with A/C, fridge & cable TV
  • Three days of 2-tank ocean diving off Playa del Carmen
  • One day of 2-tank inshore cenote diving
  • One full day excursion to snorkel with the whale sharks near Isla Mujeres
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include 19% tourism tax.
Airfare to Cancun is additional. No meals are included.
Rental gear is not included, but is easily arranged at additional cost.
Packages are subject to availability and subject to change. Please contact Island Dreams for details.


Casa del Gopala Hotel - Lodging in Air-Conditioned Room
Winter 2014: January 7 - April 30, 2014
Prices per person, based on selected occupancy Single Occupancy
Scuba Diver
Double Occupancy
Scuba Diver
Double Occupancy
Non-diver/Vacationer
3 nights lodging / with 2 days of offshore boat diving $ 460 $ 310 $ 150
4 nights lodging / with 3 days of offshore boat diving $ 640 $ 440 $ 200
5 nights lodging / with 4 days of offshore boat diving $ 820 $ 570 $ 250
6 nights lodging / with 5 days of offshore boat diving $1000 $ 700 $ 300
7 nights lodging / with 6 days of offshore boat diving $1180 $ 830 $ 350
Prices are per person, based on occupancy selected, in air-conditioned room, include 19% tourism tax, and are subject to change.
Diving packages are based on offshore diving. Cenote and cave diving options available at additional charge.


Additional Casa del Gopala pricing here: Lodging and Diving Packages for 2014


Island Dreams will enable you to experience a tasty slice of Playa and the Riviera Maya. Casa de Gopala is a small, comfortable, well-established hotel whose owner, Larry Kitson is an avid diver. His partner, Jean-Yves Moret, operates Yucatek, a PADI 5-star diving facility specializing in Cenote and offshore diving as well as operating a strong and effective dive training program. If this unique part of the Yucatan sounds interesting to you, I invite you follow these links and hopefully experience the Riviera Maya for yourself.

The Island Dreams Adventure Experts are here to serve you: info@divetrip.com

Yours in diving, Ken Knezick - Island Dreams Travel

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