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Xcalak- The Last Frontier…

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.

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.


Banco Chinchorro

Diving Banco Chinchorro, the western hemisphere’s largest coral atoll, is on most seasoned divers´ shortlist.


Recreational Diving

We are fortunate enough to operate diving excursions in two Natural Protected Areas, both priority areas for the World Wildlife Fund.


Diving Instruction

XTC Dive Center offers a variety of specialties and technical courses upon request.



Besides our wonderful diving, the snorkeling here is the best along the coastline of Quintana Roo.


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!

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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!


The PADI Scuba Diver program is a pre-entry level certification that is perfect for vacationers or people who only plan to dive a couple times a year.


It allows you to go through the academic portion of the open water course at home, at your own pace, with state of the art support materials from PADI.


Program designed for certified divers who have not been diving in over 12 months. The refresher course at XTC includes a short classroom session, a confined water session in our pool and one guided dive, with an instructor.


This in-water, performance-based course includes two “core” dives—a deep and an underwater navigation dive—and three “elective” dives.

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Drop us a line with your budget, group size and other ideas and the team @ XTC will work with you to make sure you have the best possible vacation in Xcalak.

+52 983 836 5790 (Whatsapp only)

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