Drift diving is one of the most pleasurable underwater experiences imaginable. Some of the best available along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula containing the Riviera Maya and Cozumel where the steady northerly current flowing in the Gulf keeps the drift diving areas free from sediment, thereby increasing visibility.
Drift diving is a unique, nearly effortless experience from beginning to end. To being with, all divers enter the water at approximately the same time, negatively buoyant. This allows the group to immediately descent below the surface, where currents are the strongest, and slowly descend as the you drift along.
Flying along the reefs, divers are able to cover long distances underwater,
seeing more habitats and formations than usual. There is still plenty of space to spread out during a drift dive, while keeping the guide(s) in site so when ready, the guide will signal for the divers to ascend as a group. Once on the surface the divers simply wait for the boat, which ha been following the groups bubbles, to pick up the group. No swimming against the current, no navigation back to a boat.
Cozumel has walls and reefs that offer endless swim-throughs and passages, allowing the divers to alternate between drifting along, swimming into a labyrinth,
then popping out again into the current and fly further down the reef. Currents ranging from mild to wild means Cozumel offers a range of drift dive sites for any level of diver.
Playacar offers a slightly different drift dive experience, where Pro Dive Mexico divers are generally swept "atop" the reefs, offering a birds eye view of sponge covered coral heads, gorgonians, azure vase sponges, orange elephant ear sponges and creatures below.