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Cozumel is diving heaven!

Whether you are an expert diver or beginner, Cozumel is an underwater paradise you really must experience. Diving enthusiasts from all over the world travel to Cozumel for world class diving opportunities. Cozumel is a great area for new divers as well (full certification course are available on the island). Take advantage of the opportunity to experience the incredible wonders that lie just below the surface in Cozumel. More and more, divers, snorkelers and nondivers are choosing private villas and condos for their vacation experience. These vacation rental properties offer more privacy, spaciousness and comforts than standard hotel options. Villas and condos condos come in a variety of sizes and prices. Ask us for our personal recommendations!

Below are videos, divesite maps, dive shops and more!

diving in cozumel

Here's our NEWEST VIDEO!

The Magic of Diving in Cozumel fills my heart with wonder and my soul with peace.

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Diving and Yoga???


This video combines diving with some not-so-serious YOGA . . . just for the fun of it!

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And our FIRST-EVER VIDEO!

Remember we are not videographers and just do-it-yourselfers!

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Dive Sites and Map, Dive Shopsdive map

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Come discover the jewels of the Caribbean. Here are some of our favorite dive sites

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Barracuda
North of town, lots of life and current!

Paso de Cedral: You'll spot eels, large groupers, grunts, porkfish,  barracudas. In the caves you'll find schools of glassy sweepers. Current can be brisk. Depth is 40-60 ft.

Punta Tunich: You can fly with the current on this dive . . . and other times it will be calm as ever. You'll find groups of fish hanging out in the gullies. Watch for green morays (big ones!) and elegant scrawled filefish. Depth is 30-70 feet

Yucab: Without touching anything be on the lookout for those great Cozumel toadfish. If you hang upside down you may find these creatures hiding under rocks or coral. The bold striping pattern, whiskers and bright yellow eel-like tail make them a peculiar looking critter. They're mighty shy, so be sly. Other goodies are this dive are octopus, crab, triggerfish and trunk fish (aren't they cute!). You're at 40-60 feet on Yucab.

Tormentos: Don't be intimidated by the name of this site, you'll find plenty of interesting marine life, and the current isn't going to rip you around. Heard there are seahorses in one area of this dive . . . I haven't seen 'em yet. But I'll keep looking! 60-70 feet here.

Palancar Caves: Wow! Now we're into canyons and tunnels, drop-offs and usually mild currents. When you slip into the 60-90 foot range, don't forget to watch overhead. You'll sometimes find large eagle rays or turtles sailing above you. You can dive here time after time and each experience is a new one, with abundant sealife, interesting landscape and great, great blue.

Palancar Horseshoe: Dramatic wall teeming with coral. This dive takes it's name from it's distinctive shape. It's another incredible Cozumel dive that you can do over and over again. Depth here is 60-90 ft. 

Palancar Gardens: An exotic undersea banquet of marine life, coral, pillars and a plush carpet of color. Enjoy this one at 40-70 ft. 

Santa Rosa Wall: I love this one! The beckoning wall, the come hither tunnels, the clarity and the marine life. Off you go into the wild blue yonder at 60-80 ft. depth. We saw a hammerhead shark here once, in a shallow area at the end of the dive. 

Cedral Wall: Impressive wall dive that starts at 45 feet; you'll sometimes spot turtles and eagle rays. When the current is slower, the French angels will often hover above you and nip at your bubbles. Aren't they grand! Cedral is 45-90 feet.

Punta Sur: At the southern end of the island, this dive features pinnacles and an area known as Devil's Throat which starts at 70 feet and continues to the exit at 120 feet. Swirling schools of fish add a touch of excitement.

Columbia: There's Columbia Deep and Columbia Shallow. Columbia Deep starts just after Devil's Throat with a dramatic drop-off. Watch for large groupers and turtles. Current is usually mild here, but it's a vast area, so you could do several dives to cover the entire area. Depth is 80-100 feet. We saw a seahorse once at about 80 feet. Columbia Shallow is only 20-40 feet deep, but it's an incredible area with lots of coral sealife. Great area for snorkeling, too . . . but you have to get there by boat.

Da plane: This is a popular shore dive, located near the international pier by the Casa del Mar/La Ceiba Hotels. The plane is scattered in this area, and provides housing for gobs of shrimp, eels, octopus, etc. We've done this dive in daylight hours and after dark. It's a great acclamation dive with little current in a shallow area (you're not going to get any deeper than 45 feet). There are some coral formations and varied fishlife. At night we've played with countless octopus (or is that octopi?) and eels, seen bunches of crabs, lobster, rays, stonefish, toad fish, horse eye jacks, puffer fish, squid, shrimp, sharp tail eel, etc. We've seen parrots in their cacoons (once there was even a baby inside the cacoon with mama!). We saw an interesting and unusual type shark one night and, oh yeah, half an eel.

Wreck Dive: An old U.S. Navy minesweeper was recently sunk in 25-80 feet of water off Cozumel's coast. The vessel waas acquired by the Mexican goverment in the 1960s and was renamed Felipe Xicotencatl C-53. After years of use, the ship was retired and is now home beneach the sea in Cozumel. Intended to provide yet another dive site to this area, the wreck will likely attract marine life and sprout living coral in coming years. Large holes in the 184-foot gunboat allows entrance into the hull. A guideline from the aft area was installed to lead divers through the wreck. For safety purposes, signs have been posted to indicate nearest exit. Fishlife will become more abundant as creatures discover this artificial reef of Cozuemel.

Lots of other dive sites, too; this is just a sampling. If you'd like to add your favorites, or comments or an interesting dive story E-mail us with subject: dive comments!

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Dive Shops

We are often asked about our personal recommendations. Here are some of our favorites:

Chili Charters

Professional in every way and a delight to dive with the knowledge staff; Chili Charters will impress you with their attention to detail. Rear ramps means easy access in and out of the water! In addition to diving, Chili Charters also offers snorkeling tours (including El Cielo). Private charters are also available.

info@chilicharters.com
US phone: 954-999-4215
Mexico: 52-987-872-1685


scubawithalison.com

Alison has become a favorite dive operator on the island for many divers. Her personal attention, safety-first attitude and custom-tailored dive packages have earned her a stellar reputation on the island. Alison has a huge following so you need to book early to get a spot on Alison's boat!

alison@scubawithalison.com
From the US: 011-52-987-989-6269 or cell 011-52-1-987-878-5071
From Cozumel: 989-6269; cell 987-878-5071


seahorsecozumel.com

Caballito Del Caribe (Seahorse Cozumel) was one of the first dive shops we ever used on the island. They continue their focus on small groups and personalized service today. Caballito offers snorkeling trips as well as lobster dinner cruises on their pirate ships!

caballitocozumel@prodigy.net.mx
On the island: 872-1449



divechoicecozumel.com

We think the world of Ricardo Garcia as a dive master and instructor. And we admire him, and his wife, Karen, as caring individuals in the local community as well. Together, Ricardo and Karen operate Dive Choice Mexico. They provide every kind of dive opportunity available: reef dives, night dives, nitrox dives, certification and advance diving instruction, cenote diving and personalized dive tours through the Yucatan.

Check their website for more details and make arrangements soon! You are in good hands with Ricardo and Karen!

divechoicecozumel.com

info@divechoicecozumel.com
Cell: (00 52 1) 987 111 14 70
Cell: (00 52 1) 987 103 57 22


And . . . here's a list of a number of dive shops on the island; some of these will do snorkel trips as well:
Dive Shop
E-mail address
Telephone/FAX
(from US, dial 011-52-987,
then the number)
Aldora Divers frontdesk@aldora.com 872-4048
Alex & Alex alexalex@cozumel.com.mx 872-6142, Fax 872-6142
Aqua Fun anoaat@cozunet.finred.com.mx 872-1614, Fax 872-6316
Aqua Safari dive@aquasafari.com 872-0101, Fax 872-0661
AquaWorld aqwssc@cozumel.com.mx 872-1210, Fax 872-1210
Aquatic Sports aquatics@cozumel.com.mx 872-0640, Fax 872-0640
Black Shark black_shark@cozunet.finred.com.mx 872-0396
Blue Angel bluangel@cozumel.com.mx 872-1631, Fax 872-0913
Blue Bubble bbubbles@dicoz.com 872-1865, Fax 872-1865
Blue Note bluenote@cozumel.com.mx 872-0312, Fax 872-0312
Caballito del Caribe caballitocozumel@prodigy.net.mx 872-1449, Fax 872-1449
Careyitos Advanced Divers careyitos@advanceddivers.com 872-1578, Fax 872-1417
Caribbean Divers caridive@cozumel.com.mx 872-1080, Fax 872-1426
Carlo Scuba anoaat@cozunet.finred.com.mx 872-0199, Fax 872-0110
Cha Cha Cha Divers chachachadive@hotmail.com
872-2331, Fax 872-2331
Chili Charters info@chilicharters.com US 954-999-4215, 872-1685
Chino's Scuba Shop chino@cozunet.finred.com.mx 872-3732, Fax 872-3732
Chuck Jones caver@cozumel.net 872-2339
Cinpatica felipe@cinpatica.com 872-1817, Fax 872-1817
Cozumel Custom Aquatics custom@cozumel.net 872-5566, Fax 872-5566
Cozumel Equalizers darwin@cozumel.com.mx 872-3511, Fax 872-3511
Cozumel Sports eduardo@cozumelsports.com 872-6726, Fax 872-6726
Cruceros Maritimos cruceros@cozumel.com.mx 872-1588, Fax 872-1979
Deep Blue
deepblue@cozumel.com.mx
872-5653, Fax 872-5653
Del Mar Aquatics del_mar@cozumel.net 872-1900, Fax 872-3532
Deportes Aquaticos aquatics@cozumel.com.mx 872-0640, Fax 87-20640
DIMI Scuba Tours dimidive@cozumel.czm.com.mx
872-2915, Fax 872-3964
Discover Cozumel Diving discozdi@cozumel.czm.com.mx
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Discover Scuba Dive Shop info@discoverscuba.com
872-0280, Fax 872-0846
Dive Choice Cozumel info@divechoicemexico.com 52-1-987-111-1470
Dive Cozumel dmanfish@cozumel.com.mx
872-4567, Fax 872-1842
Dive House dive@divehouse.com 872-1953, Fax 872-3068
Dive Palancar divepal@cozunet.finred.com.mx
872-3443, Fax 872-5094
Dive Paradise info@diveparadise.com
872-5161, Fax 872-1061
Dive With Martin dwm@cozumel.com.mx
872-2610, Fax 87-21340
Diving Adventures diventur@cozumel.net
872-3009, Fax 872-3009
EcoDivers ecodivers@cozunet.finred.com.mx 872-5628, Fax 872-5628
Ecotur Caribe - 872-1750
El Gran Azul vbrito@cozumel.com.mx 872-3223 872-3223
El Pulpo anoaat@cozunet.finred.com.mx
872-6384, 872-6384
Emerald Divers emeralddivers@prodigy.net
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Eve in Paradise eve@islacozumel.net
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Emerald Dolphin castillo@cozumel.com.mx
872-3270, Fax 872-3270
Island Adventures pluto@cozumel.com.mx
872-5858, Fax 872-5848
Kuzamil Snorkeling Center kuzsnorc@cozumel.com.mx
872-0539, Fax 872-0539
La Anita
anoaat@cozunet.finred.com.mx
872-1542, Fax 872-1542
Living-Underwater info@living-underwater.com
872-2085, US 1-888-546-7281
Luis Cabañas luisc@cozumel.com.mx
872-0666, Fax 872-0666
Manetto Adventures webmaster@manetto.com
872-6695
Manta Raya Divers mantaray@xaac.com
872-0684, Fax 872-0684
Marine Sports marinesp@cozumel.czm.com.mx
872-5062, Fax 872-2154
Mexico Diving Explorer divemexico@cozumel.com.mx
872-25179, Fax 872-0880
Michelle's Diveshop divein@diveincozumel.com 
872-6488
Motomarine caridive@cozumel.com.mx 872-0834, Fax 872-2158
Nitrox Solutions nitrox@cozumel.com.mx
872-5666, Fax 872-5666
Palancar Diving Co. rosendo@cozumel.net
876-8180
Papa Hogs diving@papahogs.com
872-1651, Fax 872-4465
Paul's Private Dive Center paul@dicoz.com
872-0141, Fax 872-0141
Pepe Scuba pepedive@cozumel.com.mx
872-3200, Fax 872-2800
Quetzal Divers cctv1@cozumeldivers.com
872-4452
Reef, The hernanbacelis@hotmail.com 872-4205
Roberta's Dive Eco-Cozumel
robert@robertasdiveecocozumel.com
872-4187, Fax 872-4187
Sand Dollar sds@sanddollarsports.com
872-1303
ScubaDu scubadu@cozumel.net
872-9505, Fax 872-4130
Scuba Shack scubas@cozunet.finred.com.mx
872-4240, Fax 872-3836
Scuba with Alison alison@scubawithalison.com
872-4979
Sea Scuba seascuba@cozumel.com.mx
872-5744, Fax 872-3778
Seafari Adventure seafari@spin.com.mx
872-5650, Fax 872-5650
Sea Urchin Dive Shop isidrona@cozumel.czm.com.mx
872-4517, Fax 872-4517
Snorkel Center snorkcen@cozumel.com.mx
872-6364, Fax 872-6364
Staff Divers staffczm@cozumel.com.mx
872-0755
Studio Blue studio-blue@cozumel.net
872-4414, Fax 872-4330
TTC Club Divers - 872-4476, Fax 87 2-4476
Wildcat Divers anoaat@cozunet.finred.com.mx
872-1028, Fax 872-1028
Yellow Rose Divers mail@coz.net
872-0848,
Fax 281-552-9033
Yucab Reef anoaat@cozunet.finred.com.mx
872-4110, Fax 872-1842
Yucatech Expeditions yucatech@prodigy.net.mx 872-5659, Fax 872-5659

Snorkeling on the island:

There are many shops that offer snorkel trips with visits to two or three sites. Some offer the option of lunch or provide snacks or beverages. Check with the shops above for snorkeling options.

You can snorkel on your own along the shore in several areas, but be careful of the boat traffic. In town, you can snorkel near Jeannie's Waffle House; they have a man-made beach area with lounge chairs and tables. Cold drinks and food can be served along the ocean. Other areas include these areas south of town: Money Bar, Corona Beach and Chankanaab (entry fee). All offer great snorkeling, but it's best if you can go when there aren't many cruise ships in. You can also snorkel just north of the marina which is located before the Presidente Hotel. Snorkeling is also quite good near Villa Blanca and La Ceiba Hotels. Many oceanfront villas and condos have good snorkeling right along the shore as well.

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Snorkeling

There are many shops that offer snorkel trips with visits to two or three sites. Some offer the option of lunch or provide snacks or beverages. Check with the shops above for snorkeling options.

You can snorkel along the shore in several areas, but be careful of the boat traffic. In town, you can snorkel near Jeannie's Waffle House; they have a man-made beach area with lounge chairs and tables; underwater is a pearl farm! Cold drinks and food can be served along the ocean. Other areas include these areas south of town: Money Bar, Corona Beach and Chankanaab (entry fee). All offer great snorkeling, but it's best if you can go when there aren't many cruise ships in. You can also snorkel just north of the marina which is located before the Presidente Hotel. Snorkeling is also quite good near Villa Blanca and La Ceiba Hotels. Many oceanfront villas and condos have good snorkeling right along the shore as well.

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