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Cozumel Diving Guide

Reefs, Resorts & The Big Blue

Updated June 2021

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Welcome to Cozumel Diving

Into the blue. Into the deep. Into the wonder. Whichever way you term it, it all means the same… Cozumel diving.

Scuba diving in Cozumel is world famous and for good reason. The multitude of sites that lay just off of the coastline, the variety of dive types available, the year round warm waters, the sea life and on and on and on. It is a true wonder of the Caribbean.

Regardless of your level of experience, you will find yourself taken in by the beauty of this underwater paradise. The intense colors, the corals, the caves, the abundant sea creatures including whale sharks, sea turtles and hundreds of types of fish, and the simple fact that you can dive Cozumel approximately 300 days a year means that every time you sink into the warm, glittering blue, it will be a lasting memory.

Into the blue. Into the deep. Into the wonder. Whichever way you term it, it all means the same… Cozumel diving.

Scuba diving in Cozumel is world famous and for good reason. The multitude of sites that lay just off of the coastline, the variety of dive types available, the year round warm waters, the sea life and on and on and on. It is a true wonder of the Caribbean.

Regardless of your level of experience, you will find yourself taken in by the beauty of this underwater paradise. The intense colors, the corals, the caves, the abundant sea creatures including whale sharks, sea turtles and hundreds of types of fish, and the simple fact that you can dive Cozumel approximately 300 days a year means that every time you sink into the warm, glittering blue, it will be a lasting memory.

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Recommended Cozumel Dive Sites

For Beginners And Up

There are excellent Cozumel diving locations for divers of all experience levels. The clear water and abundant reefs make for plenty of spectacular dive sites for beginner divers to explore. Here are just some of the beautiful dive sites you can explore with your open water certification.

  CHANKANAAB REEF

(Depth: 30′ – 50′)

This reef is located in front of Chankanaab Park and is one of the best dive sites in Cozumel for beginners due to the mild currents and shallow depths. You will be able to experience loads of colorful coral, the Cozumel Toadfish, rays, lobster and a plethora of vibrant fish species.

  PARADISE REEF

(Depth: 40′ – 50′)

With great visibility and soft currents, this reef is often used in open water certification dives. A great Cozumel diving location to practice your buoyancy skills and see some beautiful sea-life.

  SANTA ROSA SHALLOWS

(Depth: 20′ – 50′)

This site is a great place for newbies to relax into their new favorite activity. Mild current, depths ranging from 10-18 meters, a great place to go in the afternoon as the sun shines off the stunning corals.

Chankanaab Reef
Chankanaab Reef

Recommended Cozumel Dive Sites

For Experienced Divers

If you are an experienced diver, underwater photographer or filmmaker, you are in for a delight. The drift dives alone will have you in awe. The walls and swim-throughs are spectacular. No matter how many incredible places you dove before, Cozumel diving will quickly land on your top 10 list. Being an experienced diver means that you know how to have a conversation with your local divemaster about what you want to see and experience on each dive. Then she or he will tailor your Cozumel dives accordingly.

  PUNTA TUNICH

(Depth: 50′ – 130′)

Cozumel is famous for the drift dives around the island and Punta Tunich is one of the best. Stunning coral overhangs, sea fans, whips, sponges, snapper, and more abound along this swift sand dune.

  COLOMBIA WALL

(Depth: 60′ – 90′)

Looking for stunning cave, tunnel and cavern systems? Colombia Wall is a perfect Cozumel diving site to visit. The wall itself is over 30 meters high. Experienced divers can experience giant coral pillars, some over 20 meters tall. Large barracuda are often seen here, as well as large sea turtles, eagle rays, and beautiful reef fish. Keep your eyes open for the Blue Tang, also known as surgeon-fish, with their scalpel-sharp tails. The shallows of this site are perfect for new underwater photographers to practice capturing stunning images.

  SANTA ROSA WALL

(Depth: 50′ – 130′)

Santa Rosa Wall is one of the most popular deep dive sites. The spectacular wall begins at around 20 meters and quickly drops deeper into the blue. It is easy to understand why the Santa Rosa Wall is so famous. With endless delights on offer like enormous sponges, caves, overhangs, swim-through tunnels, colorful fans, and beds of tunicates, you may never want to surface. You’ll be captivated by the large sea life here as well. Massive sea turtles, eagle rays, grouper, and sharks have been regularly seen. This dive site is an intermediate level site as the currents can be strong.

Santa Rosa Wall
Santa Rosa Wall

Cozumel Dive Shops & Operators

Dozens of dive operators and dive shops are spread throughout Cozumel. Most offer high quality dive services and packages at reasonable prices. Here are a few of our favorite dive operators on the island.

Scuba Life Cozumel

PADI 5-Star Dive Shop & Tour Operator

This top dive shop is located about ten minutes south of town and offers everything you’d want in a dive shop. Dive packages, equipment, information and more.

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Cozumel Dive Schools

If you’re coming to Cozumel to start your scuba journey by getting certified, you’ve already chosen wisely. There are multiple dive companies here that can certify you in just 2-3 days. Not to mention you get the privilege of diving one of the most beautiful places on Earth as a beginner! Honestly, it may ruin you for other sites as they may not live up to your first experience here. Just kidding…or am I?

Here are some of the best dive schools in Cozumel!

Cozumel Dive School

PADI 5-Star Instruction Development Center

This full-service PADI dive school offers a variety of instruction levels in a comfortable environment. Practice your skills in a seaside swimming pool before moving on to the open ocean and the reefs. Classes take 2-3 days to complete open water certification. Advanced, Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses are also available.

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Cozumel Dive Resorts

Due to the popularity of diving in Cozumel, there are many dive resorts to choose from. Many of the higher end resorts have in-house dive companies who can’t wait to help you plan the best dive vacation of your life. Most offer 3-7 day dive packages with two to three dives per day. Be sure to check out our Cozumel Hotel Guide and our Best Cozumel All Inclusive Resorts Guide.

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Responsible Diving In Cozumel

Please keep in mind that sunblock, even reef-safe brands, are not allowed in the waters of the Mexican Caribbean as it kills the reef and the sea life. Please be mindful of this when you go diving in Cozumel and bring hats, sarongs and towels to keep your skin safe when you are out of your wetsuit. As you enjoy the beauty of the sea you will feel fabulous knowing your presence isn’t harming it.

When To Visit Cozumel

The tropical climate in Cozumel is quite predictable and easy to make plans around. Without much of a temperature difference throughout the year, (the average temperature lingers around 83 degrees F) it’s the rainy hurricane season that most travelers need to pay attention to.

January – April

Perfect weather-wise, but sees the highest influx of tourists. If you are not a people person, consider this.

May – October

The hottest and most rainy months of the year but still plenty of sunshine. Also, this is the hurricane season so keep an eye on the forecasts. Fewer tourists so you can typically expect lower rates at hotels, resorts and tour companies during this time.

November – December

The autumn-winter months are considered by many to be the best times to visit Cozumel. The hurricane season has passed by this time and the humidity is low. Can be a little “chilly” in the evenings.

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  1. Hi! We love your post. There are so many places to choose from when it comes to diving here in Cozumel and this helped us target our search. Great recommendations. See you in the sea!

  2. As a new diver it felt really good to arrive in a new place and actually sound like a I know what I’m talking about, lol. Thank you for helping me prepare for my dives here and helping me narrow down my dive shop. What an incredible time.

  3. Thanks for the helpful information. I’m hoping to get my open water certification in Cozumel this year.

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