What is the Costs Of Scuba Diving In Cozumel?
By Dennis Anderson
At Hotel Villa Deja Blue, we help travelers enjoy budget Cozumel dives in a relaxing atmosphere leveraging information from our experience living on Cozumel Island.
Cozumel is an undeveloped Mexican island located in the Caribbean Sea that is popularly visited by cruise ship visitors for scuba diving. Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park features diving spots along a section of Mesoamerican Reef while Museo Subacuatico de Arte features submerged sculptures; Chankanaab eco park completes this experience.
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Cozumel offers numerous locations for scuba divers to go scuba diving, with Palancar Gardens, PADI Wreck Dive and C-53 Wreck among the premier dive sites. All are suitable for divers of any level; some might even prove more suitable than others for advanced divers. C-53 Wreck is particularly well known due to its shallow depth and straightforward navigation – perfect for beginner divers while advanced divers will find an opportunity to see marine life and perhaps even underwater statues!
If you’re planning to go scuba diving in Cozumel, the first step should be acquiring your certification. You can do this either through most scuba dive shops or through an online course. Once certified, diving from shore or liveaboard options is possible and costs between $40 and $150 for single tank dives depending on which dive type is selected.
Most dive shops provide you with basic gear free-of-charge, but additional items must be paid for separately. Expect to pay an average of $20-25 per day for gear rental and Nitrox tanks – although some shops may provide discounts if you dive with them multiple days in a row.
Scuba diving costs can quickly add up. A novice diver could spend as much as $1200 on their diving education, equipment and travel costs alone; some even pursue becoming technical or cave divers which can cost thousands.
Scuba divers tend to purchase their own diving gear, which can be expensive. On average, an individual will spend over $120-180 for their gear (wetsuit, regulator, mask and snorkel). Equipment will need regular servicing and maintenance; depending on its type, this could involve professional service every two years or so.
Cozumel offers some of the finest diving conditions from October through April, when temperatures remain cool and dry. There’s never an inappropriate time to visit Cozumel, except if you wish to witness turtle mating season between late April and early May – in which case, late April/early May should be preferred.
Cozumel offers one of the world’s premier scuba diving excursions: 2-tank dives are immensely popular among certified divers looking to experience its breathtaking marine park coral reefs and marine life, such as turtles, stingrays and tropical fish species.
Cost of 2 Tank Dive Tour | Excursions in Florida/Georgia The cost of a 2-Tank dive includes boat transportation, bilingual guides, tanks/weights/snorkel gear rental from various companies, wetsuit (depending on season), wetsuit rental/leasing. Price per person ranges between $95-195
As part of your budget planning, it is essential that you select an ideal diving course and destination. Asia typically has lower prices than Western Europe; however, more money may need to be spent on equipment and travel expenses in this case. Before signing up for a course of this nature it would be wise to compare costs of skydiving or skiing as similar equipment-heavy sports are likely more cost effective in comparison with scuba diving.
Consider several factors when selecting a diving company in Cozumel, such as the number of divers you plan on diving. Be sure to select a firm certified by an official national regulator with all necessary licenses to operate in Cozumel; additionally, inquire if the provider offers a refund policy should cancellations or accidents arise.
An ideal diving company will have an emergency hyperbaric chamber on site at all times in case of decompression sickness or arterial gas embolism, providing critical relief.
Two tank dives offer another key benefit – exploration to depths up to 36 meters! This depth is suitable for divers with Advanced Open Water certification or higher and offers divers an opportunity to see beautiful coral formations as well as diverse marine life such as angelfish, nurse sharks and sea turtles.
Cozumel offers more than just diving; it also offers many landside activities and attractions to occupy your time on landside. Shopping, dining at some of Cozumel’s best restaurants or visiting its beaches will keep you occupied for some time – those with extra free time could also participate in snorkeling tours or take scenic bay cruises for added entertainment!
Discover Scuba Diving courses are ideal for anyone who’d like to try scuba diving but are hesitant to commit to an intensive certification program. This introductory experience includes short practical lessons in shallow water as well as diving to depths up to 12 meters (40 feet), all included within its price. The Discover Scuba Diving price also covers equipment rental costs and marine park fees, making it a cost-effective and enjoyable way to discover an underwater world!
Cozumel is known for its stunning, crystal clear waters, making it one of the premier places in the world to explore the Mesoamerican barrier reef. This incredible natural phenomenon offers amazing views and an unforgettable diving experience to both beginners and experienced divers alike, housing tropical fishes, coral formations and sea turtles as well as occasional encounters with eagle rays, moray eels or sharks depending on when you visit.
Learn the fundamentals of Scuba Diving through Discover Scuba Diving course! You will gain proficiency using basic diving gear such as mask, snorkel and fins before mastering some key skills that you’ll use on future dives such as buddy system management and breathing techniques. After becoming comfortable using all this gear you will join an instructor for either shore diving or boat dives with guided dives taking place throughout the session.
Booking your Discover Scuba Diving course early online or by visiting a PADI Dive Shop is important since space may be limited. Once booked, a confirmation email will arrive with details about when and where your course can be taken; whether that means during your vacation itself or when returning home.
It takes just a few hours of your day, making this course an easy way to experience why so many people enjoy diving. Once completed, if you decide you would like to pursue further and become certified diver, certification is simple and effortless!
Scuba diving costs in Cozumel depend on the time of year, but typically, shoulder season between April and May is much more affordable than summer months when many tourists visit the island. Hotel prices also tend to drop, saving some money. Unfortunately, diving can be an expensive hobby that requires extensive equipment and training which adds up over time; fortunately there are ways you can reduce prices such as shopping around for discounts and finding ways to reduce them through discounts and coupons.
Your best option to maximize value for your scuba diving vacation budget is booking a package deal at a resort or hotel, which will help save money and avoid unexpected costs. Most dive shops provide accommodation as part of these package deals, making this an attractive solution if traveling as part of a group on a tight budget.
Some dive shops provide additional services, including renting GoPro cameras for $40 per day – perfect for documenting the adventures you embark upon in Cozumel! Some even provide videography services, which is especially handy if traveling with friends.
Most dive shops in Cozumel charge between $20-25 for full diving gear including mask, snorkel, fins, BCD and regulator and offer discounts if diving multiple days. Some shops may provide Nitrox tanks at an additional fee of $8-10; and there may even be lockers or drying rooms so you can leave your own gear there if desired.
Scuba Tony, which has been operating in Cozumel for 15 years and boasts an impeccable track record, stands out as the premier diving center on the island. They specialize in PADI and SSI diving certification programs and feature fast boats with experienced captains to provide quality service. In addition, they provide various dive packages such as certification programs as well as 2-tank night dives.
Dressel Divers provides an exceptional scuba diving experience on Cozumel. Conveniently located near the southern end, they have all types of rental gear for all skill levels and spacious boats capable of hosting multiple divers simultaneously. In addition, their staff is very welcoming and outgoing!
Be sure to book your trip with Hotel Villa Deja Blue and enjoy your stay on the beautiful island of Cozumel.