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Cozumel Diving Guide

Reefs, Resorts & The Big Blue

Updated March 2021

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Scuba Diving in Cozumel

Welcome to Cozumel Diving

Into the blue. Into the deep. Into the wonder. Whichever way you term it, it all means the same…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 wonder of this underwater paradise. The intense colors, the abundant sea creatures including whale sharks and sea turtles, hundreds of types of fish, the corals, caves, and the simple fact that you can dive here 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…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 wonder of this underwater paradise. The intense colors, the abundant sea creatures including whale sharks and sea turtles, hundreds of types of fish, the corals, caves, and the simple fact that you can dive here 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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For Beginning Divers

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 3-4 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?

Recommended Dive Sites

For Beginners And Up

  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 place 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

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 will quickly land on your top 5 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 day and/or night dives accordingly.

Recommended Dive Sites

For Experienced Divers

  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 place 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 Resorts

Due to the popularity of diving on the island, there are many Cozumel 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. Bes sure to check out our Cozumel Hotel Guide and our Best Cozumel All Inclusive Resorts Guide.

Secrets Aura Cozumel
Secrets Aura Cozumel

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 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.

  February to June

Spring is considered by most to be the best time to visit Cozumel. The days are sunny with daytime temperatures lingering around 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit… and the nights are a warm 65-75 degrees.

  July & August

The summer can be too hot for some with daytime highs reaching the high 90’s.

 September to mid-November

Peak rainy season. Great for no crowds though!

  Late November to early January

The chilliest months but still quite sunny and nice. Temperatures range from the lower 60s to the lower 80s, so bring a light jacket or layers.

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How To Get To Cozumel

There are a few ways to get to Cozumel. Note that many larger hotels in Cozumel provide free transportion, so check ahead before planning alternative transportation.

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By Air

Numerous daily flights fly directly into Cozumel from Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte, and Miami or connect through nearby Cancun.

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By Ferry

The ferry service between Playa Del Carmen on the mainland and Cozumel is extremely popular and efficient. The ride takes about 45 minutes. If you’re coming from Cancun or Tulum, the ferry companies also offer shuttle service to the Playa Del Carmen ferry terminal.

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By Cruise Ship

Cruise ships stop at Cozumel daily, though you won’t have nearly as much time to explore the island. For obvious reasons, we don’t recommend this.

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