We have been getting an increasing number of spearfishing beginners eager to learn the art of the underwater hunt.
We’re both honored and proud that so many spearos from all skill levels and ages are putting their trust in Spearfishing Today for the awesome aquatic experience.
It’s been fun, and it’s always a great experience for both our clients as well as our staff.
In fact, most come as strangers and leave as newfound friends.
Spearfishing Playa del Carmen Review
For those considering going spearfishing with us in Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Cancun, Tulum, Holbox or even Isla Mujeres, we thought it would be a good idea to prepare a short review.
We want you to be informed about what to expect and how it works.
In that sense, we always welcome any and every question; we very much value your business and want you to feel like a part of our spearo family.
Here are a few things to help you prepare.
Where is Playa del Carmen
For those unfamiliar with Playa del Carmen, the charming town on the Caribbean Sea is located in southeastern Mexico, in an area known as the Yucatan Peninsula.
The closest major airport to Playa del Carmen is the Cancun International Airport which is situated about one hour north of Playa del Carmen. For those wanting to fly in or out from town, there is a small Playa del Carmen airport that runs charter flights and aerial excursions to places like Chichen Itza.
Directly to the west of Playa del Carmen is Cozumel Island. Mexico’s third largest island and the largest in the Mexican Caribbean, Cozumel serves as a natural barrier to the reefs and coastline of Cozumel.
RIVIERA MAYA & Playa del Carmen Fishing
Fishing in Playa del Carmen is highly popular. Not only can you find some good catch around these parts, but because the rapid increase of the sea’s depth close to shore means that fishing charters in Playa del Carmen don’t have to venture too far out to go deep sea fishing.
Fishing here is a year-round affair, with the type of fish you’re able to catch dependent upon the season, but every day’s a good day for Playa del Carmen fishing!
And with over 300 days of sunshine a year, your chances of having good weather are high.
Note: For deep sea fishing we recommend you head out with the talented team at Billfish Boys. They have departures from both Playa del Carmen and Cozumel Island.
No matter if you try your hand as a spearo or cast the rod in search of the that magnificent catch, you’re in fun for a great time fishing in Playa del Carmen.
However, if you ask us the best and only way to truly enjoy the best fishing experience in town is by going on an underwater hunt with Spearfishing Today.
What Skill Level Do I Need to Go Spearfishing
Spearfishing is a challenging sport and may not be for everyone.
However, if you feel comfortable in the water, enjoy the adrenaline of going after your own food, and are comfortable holding your breath as you submerge into the depths of the Caribbean Sea then this is definitely for you.
At Spearfishing Today, we receive all kinds of clients. From world-class spearos who want to experience the exciting challenges of spearfishing in this part of the Caribbean with us to first-timers who have never spearfished — or freedived — for that matter.
Likewise, we’ve had kids as young as six years old and men and women over 65.
It’s important to know that for us at Spearfishing Today, it’s all about the experience itself and catching our own food to take it from sea to table rather than getting the biggest catch.
That’s one reason why we have so many great TripAdvisor reviews from such a diverse and wonderful group of clients.
What Can I Expect Spearfishing for the First Time
Fun. Adrenaline. Maybe a touch of feeling nervous.
Imagine the scene.
You’re out off the coast of Playa del Carmen, immerse in the mesmerizing blue hues of the Caribbean Sea. Your captain stops and tells you and your guide to get ready to get in the water.
Always working in groups of two known as the buddy system, you and your spearo accomplice slip into the warm waters of the Caribbean.
Wearing your snorkel mask, you realize that you can see up to around 50 feet all around you. Following the instructions of your guide, you set out on a journey as a silent hunter in search of your prey.
Suddenly, a large Mahi-Mahi appears about 30 feet below you.
It’s your time now.
The guide then gives you the signal. You take one last deep breath before silently diving down as you nervously point your gun at the fish.
Having released the safety on your speargun, you get with in range before pulling the trigger.
You feel the kickback on the speargun as you watch the spear go flying through the water toward the unexpecting Mahi-Mahi.
You barely miss and the Mahi-Mahi swims away into the darkness of the blue.
Your guide then helps you reload the speargun and you set out again.
This time, it’s a giant barracuda.
He doesn’t wind up being so lucky as you successfully make your first catch and thus ensure fish tacos for the entire boat.
Where Do We Spearfish in Playa del Carmen
It all depends on the decisions of our good captain and the luck we’ve been having at our spearfishing spots on the days before.
You’ll find lots of ledges and drop-offs around this area, which is always a good place to start.
What makes this a great place for beginners is that you can often find some good specimen at just 15 ft. of depth.
For the more experienced spearo, however, the deep blue spearfishing in these parts is absolutely fantastic.
We also will sometimes go spearfishing at the sites of shipwrecks.
In general, you can expect water temperatures between 68 and 85 Fahrenheit (20-30 Celsius) and visibility anywhere from 30 to 100 ft. (10-30 meters).
What Can We Spearfish in Playa del Carmen
There are species that you can and cannot fish in Playa del Carmen.
We mostly hunt Grouper (Black), Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, and Snapper (Cubera, Mutton, Grey).
Some, such as grouper or lobster, can only be hunted during certain seasons.
Others are either strictly prohibited by law or by Spearfishing Today.
We take a lot of pride in our work and see it as our mission to take care of the environment we call home.
As such, we will never hunt in marine parks or species that can or should not be hunted.
From Sea to Table
And while we are selective about what we hunt, we are also highly selective about what we do with our fish.
At Spearfishing Today, we believe that part of our responsibility to both you and the environment is to fish wisely and not be wasteful.
As such, everything we catch we eat.
Since our founding almost ten years ago until today, our slogan has been From Sea to Table.
It’s a practice we follow religiously.
If you don’t want or can’t take the fish we catch with you, then it will be given to the crew as well as their friends and family.
A newbie to spearfishing and the soon-to-be author of a Dummie's Guide to Spearfishing in Mexico, Warren is considered to be the Content Whisperer of the Mexican Caribbean. When not out on wild adventures somewhere in the Yucatan Peninsula, he can be found at some of the best local dives you have no idea exist. Content creator at Fly Playa and Fly Cozumel.
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