Welcome to XTC Dive Center! We are located in the small fishing village of Xcalak. It is the southernmost town on the Mexican Caribbean coast, on the border with Belize and within the Xcalak Reef National Marine Park.
XTC DIVE CENTER
Xcalak- The Last Frontier…
Xcalak is on the tip of a peninsula that borders the Caribbean sea to the east and Chetumal Bay to the west, which are part of a unique, extremely connected and bio-diverse eco-system made up of 15 miles of protected coral reefs, mangroves, rivers, lagoons and bays that make for a nature lover’s paradise.
XTC Dive Center is at the center of the Great Maya Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Scuba Diving around Xcalak offers incredible diversity.
There are deep and shallow walls, unique geographical formations, vast canyons between spur and groove reef systems, swim-throughs, caverns, and an exotic array of Caribbean marine reef creatures.
We have a large population of manatees inhabiting the lagoons and inner reef and very often see them on our local dive sites. In addition, we have great encounters with schools of dolphins, a large school of HUGE tarpon resides on one of our sites, and we often see a variety of turtles, rays, sharks, schooling jacks and more. Xcalak is truly a destinationfor big animal encounters.
XTC runs day trips to Banco Chinchorro which offers some of the most pristine reefs and diving anywhere in the northern hemisphere. And our 3-day croc encounters are the most thrilling and unique in the industry!
Xcalak is most definitely the quintessential fishing village, unspoiled by development and certainly remote in the best sense of the word.
You will find your cell phone doesn’t work here, most lodging options are small beach inns that run on renewable energy, and internet access is limited in the village, but we have a good wifi connection in the dive center.
This allows our guests to enjoy a truly memorable experience in a very special place.
We are a PADI 5* IDC Center and 100% AWARE Partner
XTC is proud to be a PADI 5* IDC Center and 100% AWARE partner. This means that all of our courses meet the highest PADI standards and, for every student that we certify, we make a contribution to Project AWARE ocean conservation projects all over the World!
PADI offers the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba courses. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through PADI courses. PADI are also passionate about encouraging their divers to be conservationists of the future with their ocean conservation charity Project AWARE.
This is why their slogan is Be Best Be PADI! At XTC we chose the best in order to teach you the best!
XTC’s Full Service Dive Center Offers:
XTC’s full service dive center offers PADI diving instruction—everything from Bubblemakers to Divemaster; PADI Tec Rec training through Trimix and all levels in between.
Guided Kayak and SUP Tours
In addition to being the gateway to diving in the Xcalak National Marine Park and the Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, XTC Dive Center is also the place to organize all of your local excursions.
We offer a number of different snorkeling excursions and guided kayak or SUP tours to our inner reefs and through the mangroves. If you are interested exploring on your own, we can equip you with snorkeling equipment, kayaks or SUP’s and give you some ideas of places to go and things to see in our local waterways!
FOR BEGINNERS AND CERTIFIED DIVERS
Our Most Popular Courses
Though we run many specialized courses including a full range of Sidemount, Tec and Rebreather, XTC is a great place to do entry level training. Our most popular courses are the 2-day PADI Scuba Diver course, the 4-day PADI Open Water course, and for those looking to sample some specialty activities, the PADI Advanced Open Water course!
Our Happy Clients
Certificate of Excellence
I recently dove with my teenage son and daughter at XTC Dive Center and had an incredible encounter with 2 manatees, a school of about 60 huge tarpons and lots of beautiful marine life and incredibly healthy and beautiful coral.
The dive team is super pro. The ambience is great. Xcalak us incredible!
We look forward to coming back as soon as possible!
Great place and people!!
I did my Open Water Dive Certification with XTC Dive Center and it was amazing! Great place, people and service!
Excellent dive experience. Beautiful water! We saw HUGE tarpon. The dive masters Josie, Wendy and Myra are great.
Excellent dive experience. Beautiful water! We saw HUGE tarpon. The dive masters Josie, Wendy and Myra are great. The entire staff was great to work with and really took care of us. I really can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed the experience. We are planning another trip here in September. Can’t get back soon enough.
We loved our stay at the XTC Dive Centre, and their Flying Cloud hotel for our dive trip. Francisco made our check in and dive arrangements ahead of time for us., and looked after everything we needed.The accommodations were great, right on the beach and we woke up to some really fantastic sunrises each morning.
The diving was excellent, the entire Team of DiveMasters and Instructors are what made our trip so memorable for us. They have an excellent Dive Centre and looked after all of our equipment and diving needs. We can’t wait to return!
Best dive vacation ever
We didn’t really know what to expect when we headed out to Xcalak..we only knew we wanted to spend time in an unspoilt rural Mexican village with plenty of vitamin sea 😉 good diving and a welcoming environment. At XTC diving center we found exactly that..A gorgeous bar infront of the ocean with easy going staff, a super comfy room surrounded by palm trees and white sand and a highly professional and knowledgeable diving team who were always ready for a drink and chat. We had a terrific stay and will definately be back! Many thanks and Hasta Pronto!!
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