Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the Eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It is a colorful island with a very interesting history. The Maya are believed to have first settled Cozumel by the early part of the 1st millennium AD. A great day trip includes visiting the old Mayan’s ruins and stepping into a small piece of history.
Many visitors rent a car and drive around the island, stopping for a Margarita on beautiful deserted beaches along the way, with white sand and turquoise water. You can also visit a small and magical village called ‘Tan Kah’, which was built over a 100 years ago and walk through a little piece of heaven.
The people on the island are very friendly and helpful and they will make Cozumel feel like home, above and below the water.
Cozumel is a scuba diver’s paradise with warm crystal clear waters, spectacular walls and coral formations, colorful sponges and an incredibly diverse marine life. The underwater world of Cozumel is so special that it even has a one of a kind fish – The Splendid Toadfish. You can find many turtles, some nurse sharks, eagle rays, lobsters and many more wonderful creatures. It’s no wonder that Cozumel is consistently rated as one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations. Drift dives are very common in Cozumel, since there is a constant current running from South to North (usually…). This makes diving a breeze and all you need to do is let the current run you across the incredible dive sites without breaking a sweat. When you finish the dive, simply go back to the surface and your boat will be waiting for you there
The Best Dive Sites
Palancar is divided into several dive sites (Gardens, Horseshoe, Caves, Bricks) and in each one you can find huge, spectacular coral formations and diverse marine life. This dive is suitible for all level divers, you can dive on the top of the reef in the shallow
part or you can dive deep on the wall. In Plancar Gardens and Caves you can go throug beautifule sweemthrougs and meet all kind of amazing animals like turtles and uge lobsters and a lot of Parrots fish.
Other notable dive sites are Cedral where you can find larger animals thanks to the stronger currents, usally you will meet some Nurth Sharks.
A 12m (40ft) shallow dive site. When you enter Paradise Reef, you feel as if you just stepped into a scene from The Little Mermaid with plenty of diverse Corals, Sponges, Sea Fans, Star Corals and many more. This is a double reef site, with a northern reef and southern reef with a sandy patch in between. A great place for macro photography with great visibility, little or no current, plenty of little critters and many colorful fish.
The most southern point of the Island. This dive site is characterized by strong currents and fit for advanced divers. The dive is done across walls and features a vast system of caves and caverns. The most famous area is called Devil’s Throat, a system of caverns which opens up to an underwater chamber with 4 passages, all of them connected and abundant with marine life. Access to this area is subject to approval by the dive shop and includes an additional fee.
A diverse dive site, ranging between 10-30m (33-100 ft). On the shallow end you can see to flat top part of the reef, with lots of underwater vegetation and colorful corals. The deeper end is a magnificent wall dive where you can spot giant Barracudas and Groupers, Hermit Crabs, Goby’s and Blenny’s appearing out of every crevice. All in all a hypnotic and colorful experience!
Epic Diving for UW photographers!