24 reasons to scuba dive in Cozumel

24 reasons to scuba dive in Cozumel

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If you follow me on Instagram then you will probably already be aware I’m a little bit obsessed with scuba diving in Cozumel. As far as I’m concerned it is one of the best diving spots in the world. So in this post, I’m going to share with you 24 reasons why you need to scuba dive in Cozumel.

If I haven’t convinced you to book a dive vacation in Cozumel by the end of this post, then we can’t be friends…

24 Reasons to Scuba Dive in Cozumel

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#1 Visibility

I have yet to have a dive in Cozumel when the visibility isn’t amazing. Seriously, the Carribean water is the perfect color blue and you can see so far! The average visibility in Cozumel is 100ft.

#2 Drift Diving

The first time I experienced the drift diving in Cozumel I was a little surprised as I didn’t even know it was a thing! Now I love it. It’s like being on a conveyer belt. You don’t have to do hardly any work, just keep your buoyancy and enjoy the view of the beautiful reef as you float on by and use hardly any air!

#3 Accessibility

It couldn’t be easier to get to Cozumel thanks to the international airport on the Island. You can either fly direct to Cozumel, or fly into Cancun airport where you can either take a second flight to Cozumel, or there is an ADO bus you can take from Cancun to Playa del Carmen where you can take a short ferry ride over to Cozumel.

#4 Healthy Coral

Across the world, coral reefs are dying or in danger from a multitude of threats. But not in Cozumel. Thanks to the fact this area has been protected for the past 20 years under it’s National Marine Park Status.

#5 Scubatony

I couldn’t write a blog about diving in Cozumel without mentioning my favorite scuba operation in Cozumel Scubatony now could I? These guys are amazing, after doing my Advanced Open Water course with them, they are the only company I personally dive with, in Cozumel. Whether you want to get certified, or just do some fun dives, these are the guys to trust!

#6 Mexican Food

Okay, so I know this isn’t directly dive related. But after all of that diving, you are going to need to eat right!? Well if you didn’t already know, Mexican food is pretty delicious. I don’t think I could ever get tired of Tacos and don’t even get me started on how much Guacamole I eat…

The added bonus is with Cozumel that they have the most incredible fresh fish you are ever likely to eat. My absolute favorite restaurant for fresh fish dishes is Buccanos Resturant at Night you are likely to need to take a taxi there if you haven’t rented a car, but it is 100% with it!


#7 Friendly People

Mexican people are ridiculously friendly, but on Cozumel even more so… It’s all that fresh fish and island living.

#8 Swim Throughs

Okay, back to diving! The swim-throughs in Cozumel are awesome. Sometimes I felt like I was on another planet.

#9 Wall Dives

The first time I experienced a wall dive in Cozumel it blew my mind. Not only are the walls otherworldly, but thanks to the drift, you can just float along the wall taking it all in. Awesome.

#10 Eagle Ray Season

Want to swim with eagle rays? Then you need to come to Cozumel during the winter which is from December to March. Getting to dive with these incredible creatures is pretty mindblowing.

#11 Warm Water Year Round

Don’t like diving in a 5mm wetsuit or even worse, a drysuit! No problem, even in the winter in Cozumel you can dive in a shortie. Some people just dive in a rash vest and shorts! The water temperature rarely drops to 78 F in the winter… although in the summer, you can expect it to be more like 85 F!

#12 Easy to advanced dive locations

Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced diver there is something for you. In fact, some of the best dive sites here are suitable for beginners. It is the perfect place to come with a friend or partner who would like to learn to dive.

#13 Turtles, Turtles, Turtles!

No matter how many times I dive with turtles, which is almost every dive I’ve done in the Riviera Maya! I will never stop being in complete awe of them. Seriously, I’m like a kid every time I see one and pretty much most of my photos and videos are just of turtles!

#14 Nurse Sharks

Want to dive with sharks? Playa del Carmen might have it’s Bull Shark season, but in Cozumel, you can expect to see nurse sharks all year round. I’ll never forget the first time I saw one right at the end of a dive! After that, I’ve seen them on several dives.

#15 Green Moray Eels

These guys are super creepy, but also pretty amazing. They are HUGE and swear the Divemasters at Scubatony have some kind of Green Moray Eel radar as almost every site I’ve done with them they found one lurking in the reef.

#16 Night Dives with Octopus & Bioluminescence

Every night dive I’ve done in Cozumel was like an octopus party! I had no idea they were so colorful. But it’s not just octopus you can expect to see down there at night, we also saw lots of sleeping turtle, huge crabs, and so many lobsters! Plus if you cover your torch you can see the bioluminescence. It’s like a dream world down there at night so make sure you book in a night dive.


#17 Black Coral

Cozumel is one of the few places in the world where you can find Black Coral. Although you will find it widely sold as jewelry in the shops around Cozumel please avoid buying it. The harvesting of the black coral is now regulated in Cozumel but we prefer to see it where it should be, under the sea.

#18 Splendid Toadfish

If you want to see Splendid Toadfish then you have to come to Cozumel as you won’t find them anywhere else!

#19 El Cielo

This is more of a snorkeling hot spot but one you don’t want to miss! El Cielo is a sandbank off the coast of Cozumel and only accessible on a boat trip. Cielo means sky in Spanish and it gets its name because of all of the starfish you see there. Plus the color of the water is like heaven itself. Seriously I’ve never seen anything like it!

Please, if you do go here, under no circumstances touch the starfish. I don’t care how much you want a cute Instagram selfy with a starfish, look but don’t touch.

#20 Boat Dives Close to the Shore

I personally love diving from a boat. I also have a tendency to get a little seasick! So for me, Cozumel with its reefs so close to the Island is a win-win! Plus if you are doing morning and afternoon dives you can get asked to get dropped off at The Money Bar Beach Club during your surface time.

#21 Palancar Reef

It’s time for some of the top dive sites. Starting with Palancar Reef, it is pretty much the star attraction of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Palancar shot to fame in 1961 when Jacques Cousteau, the renown underwater explorer, declared it “paradise”. No matter how many times I dive the many different areas of Palancar there is always something new to see.

The other great thing about this site is that if you are with no divers much of the reef is also great for snorkeling.

#22 Devils Throat

Not going to lie, I don’t think I’ll be doing this bad boy anytime soon. But if you are an advanced diver then this is probably already on your radar as it is considered a ‘bucket list’ dive. Devils Throat is located in Punta Sur and considered an advanced dive because of the depth of the dive, the strong currents, and the long swim-throughs. The actual Devil’s Thoth section is a 60 feet long narrow tunnel.

So unless you have your Advanced Open Water Certification and are an experienced diver it probably isn’t wise to attempt this one. Although you can simply skip Devil’s Throat and instead swim over the top of the reef!

#23 Colombia Deep

This is one of my favorite wall dives, and there are so many amazing swim-throughs to do too!
You can expect beautiful coral formations, a lot of really colorful fish, and I have never not seen at least one turtle here! You can go deep on this dive so it is considered an intermediate to advanced dive. If you want to see the Black Coral you can find it here!

#24 C53 Wreck Dive

Cozumel may not be known as a wreck diving site but the C53 located just off Chankanaab Park makes for a pretty cool dive! It was sunk in 1999 so there is a lot of cool stuff to see in the wreck, including some Green Morey Eels who have taken up residence in some of the rooms!

Final Thoughts

So there you have 24 reasons why you need to book your next dive vacation in Cozumel! In reality, there are plenty more reasons but I had to stop somewhere! If you are looking for accommodation in Cozumel then I recommend staying at Casa Phoenix if you are in a group. If you are looking for a hostel then I recommend Amigos Hostel.

Looking for your next Scuba Diving destination? Cozumel in Mexico is one of the top dive destinations in the world. Scuba diving in Cozumel is world class. In this post I share 24 reasons why you NEED to go diving in Cozumel Mexico in the Riviera Maya. #ScubaDiving #DivingVacations #ScubaDive #DivingVacation #BestPlacesToDive


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Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Danielle

    I have only been scuba diving once on an intro dive, but this post made me want to learn!

    Cozumel diving looks incredible! (And the Mexican food doesn’t sound bad either.) I love that you can see so much wildlife…. I’m obsessed with sea turtles.

    Great post!

  2. Hayato Davis

    Hi Claire! Your blog is really very helpful and informative. I love scuba diving. I personally inspired by this blog to learn scuba diving. Thank you for sharing this wonderful blog with us. Keep posting!

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