Cozumel Island, only a few hours away from Cancun, offers world renown scuba diving. With diving locations that everyone from beginners to experts can enjoy, scuba diving in Cozumel can be a great addition to your trip to Cancun. Cozumel is known as the drift-diving capital of the world due to the water current that South to North.
Bajo de Molas
This Cozumel reef reaches a depth of 40-80 ft. Amongst magnificent coral heads, divers should look for rays, sharks and sea turtles.
Dive here with caution as there are often very strong currents and recommended for expert scuba divers.
The reef of mountainous coral ridges is about 70 ft. in depth until it falls off into an abyss of 3,500 ft. Scuba divers should look for large fish like angelfish, jacks, nurse sharks, barracudas and sting rays. Divers swim past sleeping turtles and large schools of fish amongst the variety of sponges.
Barracuda Reef is NOT for beginner divers as it has a strong current and steep drop off. However, it is a rewarding experience for expert divers because it is infrequently visited and offers pristine conditions.
This reef, also known as the Sandbank, drastically changes from 35-90 ft. in depth and it then slopes into an abyss. Sponges and soft coral rest amidst its large sand bank. Scuba divers should keep an eye out for nurse sharks, sea turtles and manta ray.
Cardona is a shallow reef at a depth of 18-20 ft, making it an excellent spot for snorkeling as well as beginner divers. You will find varied coral and bountiful marine life.
- At a depth of only 20 ft, Chankanaab Park makes an excellent shore dive. Look for the 14 ft. statue of Christ and the statue of the Virgin Mary surrounded by the coral heads and scattered coral.
- Chankanaab Deep reaches 50-90 ft., then slopes into an abyss. Coral heads, sea turtles, rays, grouper, amberjacks can be seen swimming in the reef’s deep waters.
- There is also Chankanaab Shallow which reaches a lesser depth of 30-50 ft. Several coral species, like soft coral are explored by lobster and large crabs. If you are looking to go night diving, this is a great place.
This Cozumel diving spot reaches a depth of 18-20 ft. before it slopes into an abyss. Divers can explore scattered coral and varied marine life.
Chun Chancaab Reef
Chun Chancaab reaches an impressive depth of 80 – 100 ft. before it slopes into an abyss. Look for scattered coral, a variety of sponges and sea fans, on Chun Chancaab’s sand bottom. Divers should also see schools of large fish.
Divers should be warned that Chun Chancaab has a strong current.
At depth of 15-30 ft, Los Altones offers Cozumel scuba divers views of mini atolls that reach up to 15 ft. tall. The area is teeming with varied marine life.
Punta Morena Reef
This Cozumel diving spot is an average depth of 40 ft. Look for scattered coral and varied marine life.
Punta Sur Reef
- At a depth of 70 ft before it slopes into an abyss, Punta Sur Deep offers scuba divers views of the large coral formations grow on its sand bottom. Varied marine life. Large sharks and rays.
- Punta Sur Shallow reaches between 18-30 ft and full of abundant coral and marine life. This is a good place for beginners and snorkeling.
San Francisco Reef
- The San Francisco Wall starts at 40 ft. then slopes into an abyss. mall coral on sand bottom. Abundant marine life includes rays and sea turtles.
San Juan Reef
Spanning depths from 35-70 ft, San Juan’s endless hills of finger coral. Explore abundant marine life like nurse sharks, rays and other large reef fish.
Caution there is a strong current.
Santa Rosa Wall
- Santa Rosa Deep is a depth of around 40 ft. which slopes into an abyss. It is full of coral ridges, caves and abundant marine life.
- Santa Rosa Shallow ranges from 30-60ft. This Cozumel scuba diving location boasts great coral formations on the sand bottom. Divers should keep an eye out for nurse sharks, rays and roaming sea turtles.
- Be aware of the strong current and fire coral at Santa Rosa. It not recommended for inexperienced divers.
This Cozumel Scuba diving spot reaches a depth 30-60 ft. It is full of varied coral and sponges, abundant marine life, and more. Morays and groupers hover near Tormentos’ great sand bank.
Tunich, which is Mayan for “rocks,” starts 35 ft. then slopes into an abyss. Explore small ridges and various species of sponges. Green morays, rays and sea turtles find their homes in the area
Beware that Tunich has a strong current.
Villa Blanca Wall
The wall starts at 35 ft. before it slopes into an abyss. Divers will find huge abundance of sponges and gargonians with varied marine life.
Wreck C-53 Xicotencatl or Cozumel Wreck
A 1000-ton, 40 foot tall, Mexican minesweeper sunk on a sandy area by Chankanaab Reef. It boasts three decks with a beam 33 by 184 feet in length. The depth is about 80 feet, allowing divers to enter and leave the sunken ship safely.
This Cozumel scuba diving spot reaches depths between 35-60 ft. Scuba divers can explore varied coral and sponges on the sandy bottom and swim past the lobster and crab. Morays and groupers are a good bet for Cozumel scuba divers to see as well. Beware of the fire coral. These relatives of jelly fish can look like coral but they are painful if you come in contact with them. Yucab is an excellent site for night diving.
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