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Best Dive Sites in Cozumel | Scuba Diving Blog

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Cozumel, an island located off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, is home to some of the best scuba diving in Mexico. The island is surrounded by clear blue water and boasts some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs, attracting divers from all around the globe. With a variety of dive resorts and diving packages in Cozumel to suit divers' preferences, it is the perfect destination for the whole family. It's also an easy destination to reach from the US and Canada. Here are some of the best dive sites in Cozumel:

  1. Palancar Reef: Palancar is a series of reefs located on the southern coast of Cozumel. The reef's distinctive formations include pinnacles, tunnels, and swim-throughs. Palancar Reef is an excellent spot for all levels of divers and is home to an abundance of marine life, including sea turtles, rays, and various species of fish.

  2. Santa Rosa Wall: Located in the Cozumel Marine Park, Santa Rosa Wall is a popular dive site for intermediate and advanced divers. The wall drops off to depths of up to 90 feet (27 meters) and is adorned with a stunning variety of coral and sponges. Divers can expect to see schools of jacks, barracudas, and reef sharks.

  3. Punta Sur: Punta Sur is a dive site located at the southern tip of Cozumel. With strong currents, it is a challenging site for advanced divers. The site features unique topography, and divers can expect to see a wide variety of marine life, including eagle rays, groupers, and moray eels.

  4. Columbia Deep: Columbia Deep is a dive site located on the southwest coast of Cozumel. It is an excellent spot for all levels of divers and features huge coral formations and pinnacles. Divers can expect to see sea turtles, nurse sharks, and a variety of tropical fish.

  5. Tormentos Reef: Tormentos Reef is located on the northwestern coast of Cozumel and is an excellent spot for beginner divers. The reef features a series of shallow coral formations and is home to an abundance of marine life, including lobsters, crabs, and seahorses.

Cozumel offers some of the world's best diving opportunities, with its stunning coral reefs and diverse marine life. With a variety of dive sites to suit divers of all experience levels, Cozumel scuba diving is great for the whole family. For more of Cozumel's best dive sites, check out our top ten list!

To learn more about scuba diving in Cozumel:

Read our full guide to Cozumel diving here.

Read the recap of our February 2021 Cozumel group trip!

For more photos of Cozumel diving, check out this photo essay!

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