An Overview Of Scuba Diving Costs In Cozumel
By Dennis Anderson
At Villa Deja Blue, we help travelers enjoy Cozumel scuba diving iin a relaxing atmosphere leveraging information from our experience living on Cozumel Island.
Cozumel is widely known as one of the premier dive destinations. Its waters boast abundant marine life and consistently nutrient-rich currents, and also include numerous wrecks-turned-reefs.
Cozumel dive shops typically offer two-tank morning dives as the norm; however, single tank and night dives may also be offered at different rates depending on season. Please contact them before confirming a dive appointment to find out the prices associated with them.
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Two tank dives will cost around $90 when staying on the island and slightly more in Playa del Carmen, but you could save some money with multi-day package deals with local dive shops that include at least five diving days for the price of four. These offers can be found year-round but are especially beneficial during high season (December to March).
Cozumel is one of the top dive destinations worldwide due to its abundant marine life and stunning visibility. The Great Maya Barrier Reef’s nutrient-rich waters attract sharks, turtles, eagle rays, stunning coral formations and abundant creatures such as splendid toadfishes. Divers can witness all this underwater magic first hand on Cozumel!
Cozumel offers many popular dive sites, with the C-53 wreck, Angelina and Santa Rosa Walls and North Reef being some of the best-known. The former minesweeper was turned into an open dive site; its abundant coral growth has drawn in various marine life such as octopus and moray eels. Meanwhile, Angelina and Santa Rosa Walls offer fantastic wall dives with incredible drop-offs.
Cozumel is known to be an exceptionally safe diving location; however, accidents do still happen occasionally. Luckily, Cozumel boasts several hyperbaric chambers which offer treatment for dive-related injuries, and several hospitals which provide care specifically tailored for scuba divers – Cozumel International Hospital or San Miguel Hospital offer emergency care should it become necessary.
Cozumel is an incredible destination, but can become overrun during its busy season – particularly with cruise ship visitors. To escape this crowds and maximize your scuba experience, visit between September and October when weather conditions are warm and dry; during this period scuba trips tend to have few other divers, making Cozumel an excellent spot for learning to dive or refining existing skills.
Cozumel Island in Mexico’s Caribbean Sea is the largest and most accessible of Mexico’s Caribbean islands, boasting 45+ dive sites on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef that extends across Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. A popular cruise ship and vacation destination featuring vibrant nightlife activities that cater to families, couples and solo travelers, it features resort and hotel offerings with exceptional spa services, hammocks for relaxing while reading a book or tennis courts with swim-up bars at some hotels; eco jungle tours; lagoon cruises; tequila tasting; horseback riding experiences as well as shopping experiences!
Cozumel diving offers something for every level of diver. The shallow waters provide beginner divers an ideal place to discover marine life and coral formations while more experienced divers can try new techniques while exploring wrecks or caves deep below. All guests can have peace of mind knowing their dive master is well trained.
Most dive sites in Cozumel lie within the protected Cozumel Reefs National Park. This stretch of coast, stretching south from San Miguel de Cozumel town to Punta Sur on the island’s southern tip is known for its marine life and coral formations that make this dive site so remarkable.
One tank diving costs roughly $90 on Cozumel; slightly more if staying in Playa del Carmen. The price includes all equipment rental and entry to Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park.
Two tank dives may cost slightly more, yet are still very accessible and affordable options for most divers. You should inquire with your dive center regarding Nitrox costs if this option will be part of your dive – usually adding around $10 more to the overall expense.
Palancar Reef is Cozumel’s most beloved dive site, boasting stunning coral pinnacles that rise from an expansive sandy bottom with gentle slopes that descend towards an underwater drop-off. Calm currents typically prevail here and it provides many crevices where reef fish, moray eels and banded cleaner shrimp hide out.
Discover Scuba Diving Cozumel offers non-certified divers a great opportunity to discover the underwater world without needing to go through a certification course. Blue Note Scuba Cozumel’s Discover Scuba Diving course stands out as offering safety, service and professionalism – so no matter your experience level this course could be right up your alley!
Discover Scuba Diving Cozumel offers beginners basic training and instruction from experienced PADI professionals, and will provide an introduction to equipment they will be using during dives. After practicing skills in shallow water, participants can go out on guided coral reef tours – this provides an incredible way to experience Cozumel’s vibrant marine life.
Discover Scuba Diving trips are reasonably priced, and most companies will offer discounts if you book multiple days of diving with them. It is wise to book early as dive sites fill quickly; waiting too long may leave no space or require you to settle for a different tour option.
Beginning your adventure at a beach location, a PADI instructor will give a 15-minute briefing before providing fitting for scuba gear and beginning your short lesson in waist-deep water. Expect an unforgettable experience.
Once ready, you will embark on a two-tank dive to some of Cozumel’s popular dive spots such as Palancar and Colombia. This experience is ideal for people who wish to see some of its premier sites without taking time for certification courses.
Cozumel dives are luxuriously comfortable, while you will relish its tropical climate and beautiful, crystal-blue waters. To experience Cozumel at its best, it is best to visit from December through March when eagle ray season occurs – reefs will thrive under their protection with plenty of fish species to see and marine life to explore.
Cost of diving in Cozumel depends on the season, number of dives you wish to do and your experience as a diver. A PADI Open Water Diver course is an affordable way to begin; this comprehensive program includes all training necessary for learning how to dive and certification. This can make multiple dives much more cost effective!
On the island are various dive shops and resorts offering two-tank morning dives with pick-up at resort docks between 7:30-8:30 am, returning by 12 or 1 pm in time for lunch and siesta – also single tank afternoon dives, night dives, resort beach diving are also offered.
Cozumel is famous for its coral reefs and clear tropical waters. Aside from snorkeling, Cozumel offers many other activities ranging from kayaking and fishing tours to eco jungle and lagoon tours; non-divers can enjoy fine dining, spa treatments, shopping opportunities and nightclubs as well as childcare facilities and playrooms provided by many resorts.
On the island, visitors can also take part in many excursions that range from horseback riding and visits to Mayan ruins to sightseeing cruise ship terminal tours. Many trips can be booked directly through hotels and cruise ship terminals; however, always double-check that any tour operator you use is trustworthy before booking an excursion to ensure a pleasant and safe trip experience.
Cozumel offers several scuba training facilities, such as PADI and TDI, that specialize in deeper diving experiences. All adhere to similar standards while some also offer package pricing.
Scuba diving in Cozumel’s winter months is ideal, when temperatures are warm and dry – between December and March is best, though be sure to book in advance!
Be sure to book your trip with Villa Deja Blue and enjoy your stay on the beautiful island of Cozumel.