more than 40 dive sites on the island, Cozumel lives up to its
reputation as one of the world's top five diving destinations.
Cozumel, in our estimates, is one of the safest and kid-friendly
dive and snorkel destinations we have visited. During my first
snorkel adventure I swam with a 6' Eagle Ray in a depth of 8'-10'
of water. For the intermediate and advanced diver there are numerous
reef dives and wall dives. The current at some of the dive sites
makes for effortless drift diving.
Fish and plant life abound in the lush, current fed waters of Cozumel.
The average water temperature of 79-83 degrees Fahrenheit and visibility
of approximately 100' make for a very pleasurable diving experience.
Diving is great year round with the warmest water and best deals
in the summer months.
For a map of Cozumel's dive sites go to: www.frankosmaps.com
Palancar is the most famous reef of Cozumel.
Known for its enormous coral heads which can reach the size of an apartment building. You can't see Palancar in just 1 dive it is simply to big.
You find photo’s from this reef throughout whole the world. Palancar Gardens is perfect for the experienced diver. You can dive through numerous swim-troughs.
This place is famous for its photo opportunities and will never bore you. On 20 meters you will find the biggest brain coral ever seen in the world. Palancar Horseshoe gets his name from the shape of its coral which form a big horseshoe, which can be seen at the surface. The boat will drop you exactly above the formations which starts at 12 meters, through a sandy slope you can dive to the wall which eventually goes to infinity. Horseshoe is known for its own unique tunnels and swimm-throughs. Palancar Caves is a labyrinth of natural opened caverns, great to take pictures. At the edge of the wall you can find turtles and sometimes eagle rays. Palancar Bricks isn't a continuous wall, but a wall divided by sandy slopes dropping off into the abyss. This is why it looks like a sand-glass.
Colombia reef is the classic of Cozumel.
It consists of two parts:
Colombia Deep and Colombia Shallow. Colombia Deep is only for the most advanced divers among us. The reef has narrow tunnels in which you can find a varierity of sponges and corals. The underwater live is abundant and its the place for photographers amongst us.
Colombia Shallow is situated at 12 metres with a mild current.
You can find many coral fishes at the reef where the combination of depth and visibility makes great pictures.´
Punta Sur is a multilateral dive, starting with huge coral formations at 20 metres, till you reach the wall at 30 metres with numerous tunnels and caves where you can make the best swimm-throughs or just hang there to stare at the abyss. Devil’s Throat is the most known penetration of the island only for the experienced divers. You drop to 25 metres where you find a huge coralmouth leading you through the channels.
You can also see a small opening of approximately 2 meters in width, this is Devils Throat! If you go you will come out at an opening at 40 meters of depth.
Maracaibo is the most southern reef situated just outside the natural protection of the island.
This can make the trip from just over an hour a bit rough.
Maracaibo is a great dive for the experienced die-hards, but it will pay off the trip. Currents are strong during the whole year.
You have a free fall in the deep blue till you discover the wall at 30 metres.
On Maracaibo chances are big to spot eagle rays, turtles and reef sharks.
For more information on a great dive company who many of our guests use, please visit Dive Choice Mexico