Cozumel Dive Sites
Cozumel is known as a world class destination for amazing drift dives. As you can see from the map above, there are a number of dive sites to explore. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Columbia reef – This area is famous for huge coral formations and pinnacles. Scuba divers often see turtles, rays, barracudas, jacks, and even the occasional blacktip shark. You can also find caverns and tunnels that are covered with soft coral.
Palancar reef – Big structure with many tunnels and swim-throughs and easy diving. You can see numerous different coral species that are great for underwater photography. Between all these coral formations, you will see various Caribbean marine life.
Santa Rosa Wall – The most famous dive in Cozumel, and always rated as one of the top dive sites in the Caribbean. A drift dive along a vertical wall, with incredible colors of coral and sponges, and also some great swim throughs. Be sure to keep an eye on the deep blue for large species, you never know what may swim by!
Punta Tuniche – Always a fun dive, it typically has a fast drift along the top of the wall. A great place to see hawksbill turtles, green moray eels, nurse sharks, and spotted eagle rays. Beautiful colors of coral that hide many small and large creatures.
Paradise Reef – Ideal dive spot for an amazing night dive that has an abundance of marine life. Divers can see crabs, lobsters, moray eels, and the beautiful splendid toadfish, endemic to Cozumel. Shallow depths and mild currents make it an easy dive available for all levels of divers.
Barracuda Reef – Northwest of the island, a deep reef with strong currents, and the best place to see pelagics. A favorite dive site for many scuba divers, where besides seeing barracudas, even hammerheads have been spotted. Also, great for seeing other reef sharks and occasionally large schools of eagle rays. It's more suitable for advanced divers.
C-53 – Though Cozumel is not known for wreck diving, this wreck of an old minesweeper, put down as an artificial reef, is worth exploring. Divers can enter inside the wreck to see the engine room and old crew equipment. The healthy coral growth has brought with it different marine life, and you can see shrimp, lobsters, moray eels, blennies and many more.
If you have a particular dive site you would like to visit, please let us know! We always do our best to accommodate requests, but it always depends on wind and ocean conditions. Some advanced dive sites require Divemaster approval.