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Scuba diving and dive sites in Cozumel Mexico

Cozumel is home to the largest reef system in the Americas, the Mesoamerican Reef. Teeming with hundreds of tropical fish, turtles, sharks, moray eels, eagle rays and other vibrant sea life, it is truly a diver's dream. There are as many as 250 different species of tropical fish including the illusive Cozumel splendid toadfish, only seen in Cozumel.

 

Cozumel is recognized as one of the best reef diving sites in the world. In the last 20 years many divers have opted to stay in Riviera Maya to spend their dive vacations.

The water temperature (78-85 F, 25-30 C) and clarity (with a visibility of 20 to 40 meters), allow for scuba diving all year round. The depth of the dives is usually between 10 and 30 meters (33 and 100 Ft.). A gentle current will drift divers along the dive site and it'll be just like flying underwater.

 

Scuba Planet Mexico can offer a direct diving trip “Direct to Cozumel”. In this case you can save time because you don't need the ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel. Check our website to find the most beautiful spots for scuba Diving in Cozumel.

In this page you can find all the informations about scuba diving and dive sites in Cozumel Mexico.

 

Cozumel dive sites:

 

Palancar, Paso del Cedral, Santa Rosa Wall, San Francisco Wall, Youcab, Tormentos, Shipwreck C-53, Paradise Reef and much more ... 

Dive sites informations

Paradise Reef

 

Max. depth: 40ft / 12m

 

Current: moderate to strong

 

Skill level: novice

 

Description: ideal site for beginners, shallow and easy. A perfect site for a second dive and to see the famous toadfish.

Very good for macro photo.

Beautiful coral and sponge formations

Shipwreck C-53

Max. depth: 76ft / 23m

 

Current: moderate to strong

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: after 55 years of service C-53 was decommissioned and later donated to Cozumel underwater park. C-53 was sunk in 1999.

154 feet (56.3 m) long
33 feet (10.10 m) wide
40 feet (12 m) high
Displacement: 1000 tons

Tormentos

 

Max. depth: 60ft / 18m

 

Current: moderate to strong

 

Skill level: intermediate

 

Description: very rich in corals, sponges and very colorful site. Much sea life. Ideal for a second dive. You can see crustaceans, moray eels, grunts, snappers, groupers and toadfish

Yucab

 

Max. depth: 50ft / 15m

 

Current: moderate to strong

 

Skill level: intermediate

 

Description: perfect for a second dive. The reef is full of life and colors. Good opportunity for nice pictures. You can see scorpion fish, lobster, octopus and more

San Francisco

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Current: moderate to strong

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: beautiful wall, perfect for a second dive, as the interesting part of it is not very deep. Very colorful, rich in fauna and flora. You can see schools of grunt, nurse sharks, eagle rays, and turtles

Santa Rosa Wall

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Current: moderate to strong

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: is a popular first tank dive. This site is a splendid vertiginous drop-off with some small underwater caves to cross along the way, with beautiful coral formations and very beautiful and huge sponges. Less fauna than on other sites but a superb underwater landscape

Paso del Cedral

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Current: moderate to strong

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: you can dive in two different parts of this site, the reef and the wall. Very rich in fauna, from the fact that there is always a strong current. You can find large groupers, nurse sharks, large green morays, stingrays

Palancar Gardens

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Current: moderate to strong

 

Skill level: novice/intermediate

 

Description: ideal first wall dive.

Excellent, photographers paradise, relaxing dive.

You can see schools of grunts, many blue chromis, butterfly, french angels and midnight parrot fish

Palancar Caves

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Current: moderate

 

Skill level: intermediate

 

Description: here turtles are common, manta rays fly over, nurse sharks and butterfly fish.

There are some small underwater caves to cross along the way, with beautiful coral formations and very beautiful and huge sponges

Colombia Deep

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Current: strong

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: the reef is very large. It is the favorite place of marine turtles and spotted eagle rays during wintertime. This site is a splendid garden with a series of underwater canyons and caves with beautiful coral formations and large sponges

Punta Sur

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Current: moderate to strong

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: this dive is a sequence of underwater canyons and caves at the area of 100/130 ft. deep, such as the famous “Garganta del diablo” (Devil’s throat) and a magic place called “the Cathedral”, like an immense cathedral made out of coral

Maracaibo

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Current: strong

 

Skill level: experienced

 

Description: vertical drop-off and the spotting of larger animals, makes this site very appealing.

Rich in coral formation, but also in fauna. You can see turtles, eagle rays, black tip reef sharks

Palancar Bricks

 

Max. depth: 130ft / 40m

 

Current: moderate

 

Skill level: intermediate

 

Description: there are many swim-throughs. Southernmost portion of the Palancar sites. You can see big groupers, hawksbill turtles, juvenile spanish hogfish and occasional manta rays

Cozumel reef maps

Paradise map Cozumel
C-53 map Cozumel
Yucab map Cozumel
San Francisco map Cozumel
Santa Rosa Wall map Cozumel
Paso del Cedral map Cozumel
Palancar Gardens map Cozumel
Palancar Caves map Cozumel
Palancar Bricks map Cozumel
Colombia Deep map Cozumel
Punta Sur Devil's Throat map Cozumel
Punta Sur Cathedral map Cozumel
Maracaibo map Cozumel
Tormentos map Cozumel
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