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Diving in Cozumel

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Cozumel now has an international airport that welcomes flights from the USA and Canada as well as regional flights from Mexico City. International visitors can also travel by cruise ship or private yacht. For those coming from other destinations in Mexico, it is possible to reach the island by bus and then by ferry from Cancun.

Diving in Cozumel

Ten kilometres off the coast of the Mexican peninsula Yucatán lies Cozumel, the “Island of the Swallows”. Barely 50 by 16 kilometres per kilometre away, this small island has become a popular diving destination. Cozumel offers all the ingredients for a great short holiday – friendly locals, good food, lively nightclubs, huge coral formations, warm water, great underwater views and white sandy beaches. Cozumel is known among diving communities for its lush walls and high-voltage drifts.

The Reef

The reef system around the island is part of the rank system Mesoamerican and is protected by the National Marine Park Cozumel Reefs. As such, it is extremely healthy for a Caribbean reef and is home to 26 coral species and more than 500 fish species. Cozumel is suitable for all categories of divers, from beginners to divers. In particular, Cozumel currently ranks among the top ten sites for advanced diving. This is due to the deep walls and too clear visibility that require special vigilance. Diving in Cozumel can be done by speedboat or from the shore.

Best time for diving in Cozumel

It is possible to visit Cozumel all year round. For not overcrowded websites you should book between May and November. For Bull Shark sightings you should consider November to March.

December to April

It’s not a bad time to be diving in Cozumel. In fact, water temperatures remain constant throughout the year and cool down only slightly during the winter months, allowing you to dive about 300 days a year.

December to April is considered the best travel time for Mexico and is therefore the most popular travel time for Cozumel. Since the winter months are high season, you should book as early as possible to get the best price.

November to March are the best months for Bull Shark sightings in Playa del Carmen.

Average water temperatures in Cancun vary between 25 and 28 ° C.

May to November

May to September brings warm water, not overcrowded dive sites and generally calm conditions. This is the best time to dive Cozumel if you prefer warmer conditions.

Also note that diving in the Caribbean is possible all year round. Just keep an eye on the forecast in summer and early autumn. These seasons occasionally see a hurricane. If there is no hurricane, summer weather is hot and humid with occasional rain showers.

As an added bonus, the summer months throughout Mexico are considered low season. Currently you will find the best offers for diving and accommodation. If you don’t enjoy crowded Caribbean dive sites, travel to Mexico between May and September.

Where is the best Diving in Cozumel?

The sites of Cozumel are located in front of the western shore. Beginners can dive at the shallow northeastern sites, while experienced divers should head south to the deep walls.

Punta Sur Reef – This is a fascinating, ethereal dive consisting of a deep wall with caverns and cracks. The suitably qualified persons can enter one of the larger cave systems and through a sand slide to 27 meters into a complex of coral tunnels and caves bursting with life.

The Devil’s Throat – This site is best enjoyed with an experienced local divemaster: The deeper walls have whip corals winding into the depths and large black corals have coloured gorgonian sea fans and whips, including the whip of the:

Devil’s Palancar Garden – divers of all levels of difficulty will enjoy the gentle to moderate current they carry with them as they explore the many finger coral formations here meters / 66 feet wide and dissected through many cracks and caverns. In the many sheltered areas divers can see huge stovepipe sponges from the reef and black coral in the deeper area. Fish such as juvenile yellow head wrasse hide in the deep yellow tubes at night to observe protective fish, and butterfly fish, angelfish, parrotfish and dwarf seam are common.

Santa Rosa Wall – This is a high voltage dive along a steep wall. The wall starts at about 15 metres and the current takes divers past protrusions, overhangs, massive sponges and fire corals.

Columbia Wall – This is a relatively remote location that divers often share with eagle rays, turtles and large barracudas. A healthy coral reef crowns a steep descent, and massive coral rocks rise 15 meters from the ground. Nurse sharks roam the reefs and walls, which seem to sink directly into the infinite depths.

What you can see while diving in Cozumel

Due to the strong currents that lead to the excellent drift dives in the area, divers regularly discover a variety of pelagic species. Be careful not to lose your regulator when piercing the menagerie of the animals you will pass.

One of the main attractions in the area are the bull sharks, which are attracted to the crystal clear waters of Playa del Carmen every year between November and March. These places are an easy day trip from Cozumel. Eagle rays are another frequent addition to the logbooks after visiting Cozumel. It is also possible to see green turtles, hawksbill turtles, whale sharks and sailfish during their respective walks.

The healthy Cozumel reefs are also home to a variety of tropical species. Watchful divers can see lobsters, groupers, stingrays, sergeant majors and hundreds of colorful fish.


The Caves of Punta Sur Reef

This dive site has a deep wall littered with caverns and crevices. Divers can enter a dive site and follow it for 27 m, where a cave complex is expected.

Cenote Diving in Yucatan

There are hundreds of crystal-clear cenotes throughout Mexico. Cenote Dos Ojos near Tulum is the most famous and easily accessible for most divers.

Bull Sharks in Playa del Carmen

From November to March, large female bull sharks arrive in Playa del Carmen to breed. Experience these amazing sharks up close.