The island of Cozumel is located 16 km east of Playa del Carmen in the Caribbean Sea and is the third largest island in Mexico. Diving in Cozumel – DiveMex – Diving with friends. Cozumel is approx. 45 km wide and approx. 15 km long and most of the 77,000 inhabitants live in the main town of San Miguel. Two ferry lines operate between Playa del Carmen and San Miguel, which alternate almost every hour. The crossing takes about 45 minutes and can get quite cool inside the ferry due to the air conditioning.
Around 1000 AD Cozumel was a religious and cultural center of the Maya world. The Spanish conquistador Juan de Grijalva landed on Cozumel in 1518 and named the island “Isla de Santa Cruz”. Hernán Cortez began his campaign of conquest against the Aztec Empire in 1519 from this “Isla de Santa Cruz”. In 2005, Cozumel was hit directly by Hurricanes “Emily” and “Wilma”.
Cozumel owes its special reputation as a diving and snorkeling paradise primarily to the French pioneer of diving Jacques Cousteau. He discovered the beauty of the underwater world in the 1960s. Cozumel is part of the second longest barrier reef in the world, the Meso-American Reef. This runs from Cancun to Belize. Since 1996 the southwest, south and southeast of the island has been a protected Marine National Park. This covers 85% of Cozumel’s dive sites. Cozumel has been hit by cyclones repeatedly in the past. Today the reefs of Cozumel are almost completely restored.
We offer two diving trips to Cozumel.
Our diving adventure in Cozumel begins with the ferry crossing to San Miguel. We will be picked up there by our dive boat and our excursion will take us far to the south of the island to the dive sites around the Palancar Reef. After the first dive, we spend lunch on the beach, if possible. The second dive takes place in the area between Punta Dalila and the wreck C-53. Before we take the ferry back, we usually have time for a beer or a Coke.
The big advantage of this direct trip to Cozumel is the time. We bring you to the dive boat and cross the channel directly with the dive boat to Cozumel and go to the first dive site. Usually we start with one of the impressive wall dives in the south of the island. After a break with a snack on board the dive boat, we make our way to the second dive site. The second dive is shallower but usually with a medium to strong current. After the second dive we will return directly to Playa del Carmen and you will have most of the afternoon to yourself.
We have divided the reefs into different difficulty levels for you:
very simple: ⭐️, simple: ⭐️⭐️, moderate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️, demanding: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and very demanding: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(The northern reefs are without exception demanding reefs and only possible under certain weather conditions in winter)
(the southern reefs are without exception very demanding reefs and only possible on request)
2 dives in the morning or at noon at the local reefs in front of Playa del Carmen.
2 dives at local reefs in front of Cozumel. The ferry is included in the rate.
2 dives at local reefs in front of Cozumel. The dive trip starts in Playa del Carmen with a speed-boat.
2 dives in one cenotes of 1. zone. Those cenotes have usually two different circuits.
2 dives in two different cenotes of the 1. and/or 2. zone.
2 dives in two different cenotes of the 1., 2. and/or 3. zone.
2 dives in two different cenotes of the 1., 2., 3. and/or 4. zone.
1 dive after the sunset in the early evening at a local reef in front of Playa del Carmen.
1 dive at or close by the shark point in front of Playa del Carmen. There is an extra fee of 5 USD for the organisation “Saving our sharks”.