Scuba Diving in Cozumel, Mexico

Mexico is full of great scuba diving locations. Cozumel, is a great location for divers who are into beautiful corals. Scuba diving in Cozumel can be coupled with Playa Del Carmen or Tulum - for travelers who like variety between underwater and on land activities. This location has been impacted by hurricane’s that damaged the reef, so be sure to focus more on deeper boat dives away from the shoreline.

I stayed near the town center and used a local dive shop to go diving. The city center is great for a local experience and dining options outside of the hotel. 

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There were plenty of dive sites when scuba diving in Cozumel. In particular the wall dives were great to view reefs and macro marine life. Sometimes water clarity and visibility during the time I went (around January) wasn’t great.

When it comes to marine life you will see lots of tropical fish. Groupers, moray eels and turtles. I hear you can also see eagle rays at specific times and nurse sharks if you're lucky too. 

One of the primary things to do in Cozumel is scuba diving, so you don't need to vigorously plan for a scuba diving vacation for this destination. There's an abundance of dive shops that are reputable and will provide a solid experience. I did around 4-6 dives at this location which varied from shore to deep boat dives. In all the dives there was great coral and good marine life, but I found they had been impacted by previous hurricanes.

Scubagal Tips for Scuba Diving in Cozumel

Dive and explore - While I enjoyed the diving here, there was little to do in Cozumel. Coupling this destination with Tulum made for good variety. There’s also a great feel for the Mayan history which you get in Tulum. You may want to get a scuba diving vacation package that couples Cozumel with another destination in Mexico for a variety of diving destinations. 

Easy to get to – this destination is easy to attach onto any trip you do to Mexico, or central America. It's right opposite Playa Del Carmen and just south of Cancun. A quick boat ride from Playa Del Carmen will get you to this destination easily. Boats are scheduled very often so it will be easy if you wanted to stay in Playa and ride across for some diving near Cozumel.  

Not my top destination - scuba diving in Cozumel is a top destination. For me personally, it didn't deliver in terms of variety or clarity. I found the reef quite damaged by the many hurricanes that have hit the Mexican shores.