Why dive in Cozumel?

Cozumel is the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean. Rich in history, Mayan remains and natural wonders; an authentic paradise in the middle of the sea with white sand beaches, magnificent sunsets and world famous for its coral reefs. It is an adventure and relaxation destination where all kinds of activities are carried out in impressive natural settings.

Cozumel splendid toadfish

The Cozumel Reef is part of the Mesoamerican Reef System that runs from Mexico to Honduras, the second largest reef in the world, also known as the Great Mayan Reef in honor of the rich history of the ancient Mayan culture of the region. Due to the unique species that the colorful coral that borders Cozumel is home to, it is often said to be one of the best dive sites in the world. The Great Mayan Reef has more than 500 different species of fish and 65 different coral areas that create a dream diving opportunity for lovers of this sport.

More than diving in Cozumel

Several national parks protect areas of the Great Mayan Reef. The Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel is in charge of various projects around the Cozumel reef. Because Cozumel’s reefs surround almost the entire island, the Cozumel government tries to protect it from possible threats. Cozumel’s reef runs parallel to the island and is easily accessible by boat. Several eco-parks such as Chankanaab and Celerain Lighthouse (Punta Sur) offer the most popular diving for all levels.

A wonderful reef awaits you to dive in Cozumel

Diving in Cozumel is diving in the second largest barrier reef in the world after Australia. The popularity of diving in Cozumel has its origin after a visit to the Island of Cozumel by the famous explorer diver: Jacques Cousteau, who upon his arrival on the Island, was guided by the natives to enter the turquoise waters and thus be able to explore each of Cozumel’s reefs.

These reefs were pristine before Cousteau’s arrival, the Cozumel natives having been the only ones to explore them without scuba gear. Cousteau fell in love with the beauties found at the bottom of the sea in Cozumel, so much so that he returned several times to continue exploring and discovering the incredible underwater life.

Dive sites in Cozumel

These are some of the best dive sites in Cozumel that you cannot miss:

  1. Palancar Reefs

• Depth: 9 meters to 36 meters (30 to 120 feet)

• Experience level: Beginner-Intermediate

• Current: light to strong

  1. Columbia Wall

• Depth: 18 meters – 36 meters (60-120 feet)

• Experience level: Intermediate

• Current: Unpredictable

3. St. Clement

• Depth: 10 meters to 30 meters (30 to 98 feet)

• Experience level: Advanced

• Strong current

Green moray-eel
  1. Pinnacles of Colombia

• Depth: 9 meters to 30 meters (30 to 98 feet)

• Experience level: Beginner-Intermediate

• Current: Light

  1. Colombian Banks

• Depth: 8 meters to 14 meters (26 to 50 feet)

• Experience level: Beginner

• Current: Smooth

  1. South Point Reef

• Depth: 27 meters – 39 meters (90-130 feet)

• Experience level: Advanced

• Current: Unpredictable

Great Barracuda
  1. Chankanaab Reef

• Depth: 10 meters to 15 meters (35-50 feet)

• Experience level: Beginner

• Current: Light

  1. Wreck C-53

• Depth: 15 to 30 meters (50 to 98 feet)

• Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced

• Current: Moderate

  1. Paradise Reef

• Depth: 10-18 meters (32-59 feet)

• Experience level: Beginner

• Current: Moderate

  1. Torments

• Depth: 15-18 meters (50-60 feet)

• Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced

• Strong current

Diving with turtles in Cozumel

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