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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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 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.
Recommended Dive Resorts
This affordable boutique hotel is just south of town and has an onsite dive shop.
Affordable mini resort option south of town with an onsite dive shop.
Just north of town, this midrange hotel has an onsite dive shop. The golf course is now closed.
This 5 star luxury resort just south of town offers an onsite dive shop.
This 5-star all-inclusive resort has a dive shop within short walking distance.
This family friendly affordable all inclusive resort has an onsite dive shop.
This 5-star adults only all inclusive resort has an onsite dive shop.
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.