Diving Trip Scuba Diving in Cozumel

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 Island

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.

Cozumel by ferry:

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.

Cozumel directly by boat:

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.

The reefs off Cozumel

We have divided the reefs into different difficulty levels for you:

very simple: ⭐️, simple: ⭐️⭐️, moderate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️, demanding: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and very demanding: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Diving in Cozumel – the northern reefs:

(The northern reefs are without exception demanding reefs and only possible under certain weather conditions in winter)

  • Barracuda (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 20m, strong current)
  • San Juan (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, approx. 18m, strong current)
  • Cantarell (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, approx. 30m, strong current)

Diving in Cozumel – the middle reefs:

  • Villa Blanca (⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 12m, moderate current)
  • Paraiso (⭐️⭐️, approx. 12m, moderate current)
  • Las Palmas (⭐️⭐️, approx. 14m, moderate current)
  • Wreck C-53 (⭐️⭐️, approx. 20m, moderate current)
  • Chancanaab (⭐️⭐️, approx. 12m, moderate current)
  • Tormentos (⭐️⭐️⭐️, approx. 18m, strong current)
  • Yucab (⭐️⭐️⭐️, approx. 18m, strong current)
  • Punta Tunich Wall (⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 15m, moderate current)
  • San Francisco (⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 15m, moderate current)
  • Santa Rosa Wall (⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 15m, moderate current)
  • Paso el Cedral (⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 14m, strong current)
  • La Francesa (⭐️⭐️, approx. 18m, moderate current)
  • Punta Dalila (⭐️⭐️⭐️, approx. 18m, moderate current)
  • Palancar Gardens (⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 9m, moderate current)
  • Palancar Horseshoe (⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 15m, moderate current)
  • Palancar Caves (⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 12m, moderate current)
  • Palancar Bricks (⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 15m, moderate current)
  • Colombia (⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 15m, moderate current)

Diving in Cozumel – the southern reefs:

(the southern reefs are without exception very demanding reefs and only possible on request)

  • Punta Sur (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 15m, very strong current)
  • Chun Chacaab (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 18m, very strong current)
  • Maracaibo (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, from 21m, very strong current)