An Overview Of Where to Scuba Dive In Cozumel
By Dennis Anderson
At Villa Deja Blue, we help travelers enjoy Cozumel diving in a relaxing atmosphere leveraging information from our experience living on Cozumel Island.
Cozumel offers clear water with gentle currents, perfect for divers of all skill levels and depths.
This stunning strip reef boasts coral heads towering up to 25 meters (80 feet), as well as breathtaking tunnels and swim-throughs, making for stunning photographic opportunities. Furthermore, the area is home to large schools of grunts, sergeant majors, and queen angelfish that call this home.
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Where to Scuba Dive In Cozumel? Punta Sur should be on every scuba diver’s itinerary while visiting Cozumel. With its challenging topography and fascinating tunnels to discover, Punta Sur offers divers a great diving experience.
Divers can expect to encounter various coral formations at this site, such as Angelfish and Splendid Toadfish as well as many varieties of angel and butterfly fish. There is also a wide array of sponges as well as ledges and overhangs where French Grunts and Schoolmasters often hang out. In winter months it is possible to spot Eagle Rays migrating through mid November until spring.
Diving here is a favorite stop for cruise ships as it is easily accessible and boasts some of the finest diving on the island. Due to its depth and strong currents, however, advanced open water certification or higher is recommended before venturing here.
Cozumel’s south end near Columbia Deep offers this outstanding dive site, known for its breathtaking swim throughs. As it can be challenging due to depth and currents, only experienced divers should attempt this dive site.
This dive offers excellent opportunities to view eagle rays (December to April) as well as various reef shark species, plus beautiful coral formations.
Cozumel Reef Park offers excellent opportunities for snorkeling as the water in this part of Cozumel is crystal clear, ideal for beginner divers to experience the reef first-hand.
Where to Scuba Dive In Cozumel? San Francisco Reef provides novice divers an ideal environment to get acquainted with Cozumel’s spectacular underwater world. This shallow reef features vibrant coral heads and an undeveloped sandy bottom which are home to southern stingrays, peacock flounders, splendid toadfish and various types of molluscs.
Attractions to this area include its stunning coral formations, swim-through tunnels and overhangs – making it an excellent spot for photographers! Additionally, marine life such as turtles and various fish species are regularly found here.
The dive site located in the south of the island is popular among beginner divers and boasts stunning underwater visibility throughout the year, from Bull Sharks during winter months to Eagle Rays throughout summer. Perfect for all levels of divers, from absolute novices just starting their scuba journey all the way up to experienced divers seeking an easy dive, this dive site caters for everyone!
Divers can experience this spectacular dive site year-round, although crowds tend to increase during December-March high season months. It is recommended to schedule dives as soon as you begin your vacation so that if Norte arrives you can reschedule them later on during your trip.
Santa Rosa Wall offers not only exceptional marine life, but is an incredible photographer’s delight as well. Home to large coral mounds topped with overhangs that provide unique diving opportunities, Santa Rosa Wall is also filled with colorful gorgonians and sponges making this site ideal for photographers as well. Additionally, its home to various marine species including lobsters, Nassau groupers, black and white snappers as well as some rarer varieties such as black-footed snappers.
This dive site, located in the north of the island, is an extremely popular spot among both beginner and experienced divers alike. Divers will have plenty of chances to see many species such as lobsters, Nassau groupers and spotted drums while its near vertical wall boasts numerous crevices and swim-throughs – perfect for beginner divers looking to expand their knowledge!
Cousteau visited Cozumel in 1961 and quickly fell in love with its Palancar Reef, proclaiming it his own personal paradise! Scuba divers should make sure to see this remarkable reef, comprised of a natural U-shaped amphitheatre with numerous different reef types including patch reefs and coral pinnacles rising up out of the water.
This moderate wall dive offers tunnels and canyons you can swim through, along with an abundance of marine life such as turtles, sharks and eagle rays as well as schooling fish such as grunts and snapper. Furthermore, you will encounter gorgonians, sponges and various reef mollusks – making for a memorable dive!
This reef is an ideal site for beginning divers, with light currents. As a shallow reef it often serves as the second dive of the day. Angelfish, squirrelfish and resident groupers populate this beautiful strip reef which also features overhangs that offer beautiful crab and green moray eel views.
Coral in this reef is extremely healthy and makes an ideal place for small creatures to hide among its thick layers of coral. Furthermore, this area is an excellent destination for underwater photographers due to its dramatic topography and abundant marine life.
Cozumel National Park features this magnificent, moderate wall dive which makes an excellent second dive of the afternoon for beginning divers. Currents here aren’t too strong and you’ll discover colorful coral and sponges as well as abundant marine life such as eels, grunts, angelfish, hamlets, parrotfish as well as sea fans and coral rosettes among many other things – providing excellent photo ops along the way! There is also plenty of mangrove trees which create fantastic photo opps – making this dive site perfect for snorkelers as well.
Scuba divers flock to Cozumel for its world-renowned reefs. This island features numerous dive sites with varied ecosystems that cater for beginner scuba divers as well as experienced enthusiasts alike. December through March is considered to be the optimal time of year for diving on Cozumel; however diving may still take place at other times throughout the year with late April/early May providing ideal diving conditions with less crowds.
Cozumel’s underwater scene is highlighted by the Colombia Wall reef. This stretch of reef boasts stunning caves, tunnels, caverns and coral pillars towering over surrounding ocean waters. Divers may spot barracuda, sea turtles and eagle rays while blue tang fish (commonly referred to as surgeon fish due to their scalpel-like tail appendages) make an appearance.
Devil’s Throat, one of the world’s premier dive spots, can be found near the south tip of an island. Experienced divers may find this site challenging due to unpredictable and strong midwater currents; occasionally it’s even possible to spot bull and hammerhead sharks here!
The world-famous “Devil’s Throat” begins inside a dark, narrow tunnel at 28 meters/90 feet before emerging at 40 meters/130 feet to reveal a sunlit opening on a wall overlooking an abyss. Divers can expect to encounter gorgeous sponges of various colors along with angelfish, parrotfish, wrasses and damselfish hiding in its reef crevices – an ideal location for photographers to capture stunning pictures of this remarkable underwater environment.
Cozumel reefs form part of the Great Maya Barrier Reef, the second-largest in the world and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with over 205 coral species and 262 fish species living within its borders.
Be sure to book your trip with Villa Deja Blue and enjoy your stay on the beautiful island of Cozumel.