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About Scuba Diving Cozumel

Scuba Diving Cozumel is suitable for the absolute beginner to the more advanced scuba diver.

Cozumel is the place to be to explore Mesoamerican barrier reef system which is the largest coral reef in the Western hemisphere, so it is no surprise that scuba divers from around the globe come to Cozumel for once-in-a-lifetime scuba experiences.

Known as one of the best scuba diving locations in the world, Cozumel offers wreck dives as well as many reef dives that are located in protected areas where fishing is prohibited and the chance to capture some incredible macro photography.

Scuba Diving Cozumel with Turtle
Scuba dive with Turtles in Cozumel

When is the best time to go Scuba diving Cozumel?

Scuba diving Cozumel is possible and done all year round. The water is always clear and the currents are typically calm, though some that can be a bit rougher will require some caution.

Because of its subtropical climate, you can expect some rain during most of the year. However, ocean breezes are abundant as well, along with plenty of sunshine. The months of May through September are considered the rainy season, although dives do still occur during this time of year without a problem.

In the winter, the water temperature is inviting at 25 degrees Celsius, or 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the summer, the water is even warmer, averaging 30 degrees Celsius, or 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s no surprise that so much sea life can thrive in these tropical waters.

The top scuba dive sites found in Cozumel:

  • Airplane Wreck – This is a great location for macro photography, and the wreck of a passenger airliner that was purposely sunk as a prop for a movie can be found here as well.
  • Barge Wreck – This site has a full display of coral, fish, and eels that now call this sunken barge home.
  • La Ceiba Reef Preserve – Abundant coral of all kinds, along with sea fans, can be found here, as well as a variety of tropical fish, making it perfect for photography and even for beginners.
  • La Francesa Reef – In addition to coral, fish, and invertebrates, you will find stingrays here, but beware of the moderate currents if you are a beginner.
  • Palancar Caves – This incredible site has a variety of overhangs, canyons, and caves that are home to coral and schools of fish.
  • Santa Rosa Wall – This site is best for experienced divers, because of its unpredictable strong currents, but it offers everything from a diverse marine ecosystem to caves and overhangs.
  • El Islote – This site is for experienced divers because of its currents, and it is recommended as a dive site during the calmer months of May through September, but it does boast a beautiful coral island with many fish.
  • Torments Reef – Though this is another site with a strong current, the reef is full of corals and sponges amidst its crevices and ridges.

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Marine Life Found in Cozumel

You can find just about every type of tropical fish when scuba diving Cozumel. From large groupers to schooling fish, along with crabs, turtles, octopuses, seahorses, invertebrates, eels, and nurse sharks.

The coral in Cozumel is also incredibly varied, from hard and soft corals to sea fans. Rays, particularly eagle rays, are also common here.

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About Cozumel

Cozumel is an island belonging to Mexico, and it is quite possibly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Tranquil, crystal clear waters, friendly and welcoming locals, incredible scuba diving opportunities, and a rich history make Cozumel a desirable vacation spot for scuba divers from around the world.

Fine dining options featuring local cuisine are abundant here, whether you are looking for a romantic dinner outside with the stars overhead or a traditional Mexican breakfast by the sea.

Locals heat up every night with partying and dancing. Visit parks with historical attractions, or get out onto the water for a relaxing boat trip or indulge yourself at one of the local spas. Cozumel is rich with opportunities for adventure, no matter what you’re looking for.

How to Get to Cozumel

The easiest way to get onto the island is to book a direct flight into its international airport. Or you can fly into Cancun and then take a taxi or bus to Playa Del Carmen before getting onto a ferry that will escort you to Cozumel.

If you’d rather fly, you can take a short flight between Cancun and Cozumel as well. No matter what, you can always find a way to Playa Del Carmen and hop on the ferry for an easy ride to the island.

Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.

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