The Best Cozumel Dive Shop!
Indeed, scuba diving in Cozumel is all about drifting effortlessly across the magnificent reefs like Palancar which surround our island. Also with VIP service from the friendliest, most experienced and knowledgeable Cozumel dive shop you can find. At last you can dive in paradise when you come scuba dive in Cozumel with Salty Endeavors!
Even if you have never enjoyed scuba diving before, you can join our experienced staff at the best Cozumel dive shop and begin scuba diving today! We are ready to prepare you to have your first underwater experience. As a matter of fact, within hours of your arrival we’ll have you swimming with the fishes and enjoying the best reefs of Cozumel. Likewise, no experience necessary – PADI dive certifications are available!
The day begins in our private training pool located on premise of our dive shop. After you learn a few skills, by way of example and exercise, and familiarize yourself with your equipment, your first underwater breathes will come natural and relaxed. Then you’ll be ready for some scuba diving! By the end of the afternoon you’ll have completed your first two ocean dives! Even more, you will be ready to finish your PADI dive certification the following day.
We are ideal for our certified divers and students alike, particularly because we have a maximum of six divers plus staff on our boat. More over, this means you can scuba dive with Salty Endeavors and be assured you’ll always have personalized attention. Not only will you have better service, but you will see more fish than other divers. PADI dive certification students love our low ratios of SCUBA Instructor-to-students. For example, PADI allows us a 1:8 ratio, but often times Salty Endeavors works in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio. Further, Cozumel dive packages including private scuba instruction are also available.
Certified divers love our low Divemaster-to-diver ration, particularly because we never exceed 1 Divemaster to 6 divers. That is to say all divers get to experience the VIP treatment, above and below, on reefs such as Palancar, Paradise, Santa Rosa Wall, and many more! Even more, private charters also available! Come see why salty Endeavors is the best Cozumel dive shop!
Our dive shop can provide scuba diving services from the young to the young at heart. In fact, PADI dive certifications can begin at 10 years of age with our Junior Open Water SCUBA diver program – specifically full certification for those aged 10-13 years of age. Children of 8-10 years of age can participate in our Bubblemaker program. Essentially, this is snorkeling at the surface in full SCUBA gear.
In contrast, we’ve taught students into their late 70’s, and regularly have certified divers well into the late 70’s with us. If you desire to go SCUBA diving chances are we can make that happen. To put it briefly, age is not a limiting factor! Bring the entire family to and get started today!
We believe having a highly experienced staff is paramount to our success and your enjoyment. As a result, we’ve put together an incredible staff ready to impress you with knowledge and skill. In fact, between our three on staff instructors at our Cozumel dive shop, we have combined for over 2000 PADI dive certifications. Additionally, thousands more continuing education and Discover Scuba programs have graced our classroom’s. Finally, not to mention the over 20,000 logged dives of our own.
Our Instructors are accredited by the many of the popular agencies. Professional Association of Scuba Instructors (PADI) and Scuba Schools International (SSI) are the main agencies. In the past we have also taught for Scuba Diving International (SDI), and/or Technical Diving International (TDI). We do not employ Divemasters – the entry level rating of the SCUBA profession. All of our staff members are certified to a Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating or higher. In summary, you simply won’t find a more experienced staff ready to show you excellent diving! Contact us today and ask about out Cozumel dive packages!
Welcome to Salty Endeavors – Your Cozumel Dive Shop
We are Cozumel scuba diving at its best! Salty Endeavors is a premiere Cozumel dive shop which prides their selves on their passion for scuba diving. Our goal is to provide you with an exceptionally high level of customer satisfaction. We are passionate about scuba diving and we want to pass our love, enthusiasm, and knowledge for the sport unto our guests.
All of our staff share a genuine love for the ocean and it’s animals, and as a result you will get to experience this firsthand. In our professional lives we have captive bred marine fish, managed reef restoration coral farm facilities in both greenhouses and in situ. Additionally, we have taught locals how to scuba properly and collect sustainable amounts. – all on a volunteer basis because of our love for the reef!
More importantly, we also love to share our love of the ocean with everyone! Accordingly, all our staff have many years work experience in not only Cozumel, but the scuba diving industry worldwide. Salty Endeavors’ three staff instructors combine to have taught more than 2000 people how to enjoy diving. In fact, to date have we enjoyed over 20,000 dives ourselves!
Our passion and enthusiasm for diving is infectious. The instructing and tutoring is unparalleled. As a part of this, our appetite for more knowledge cannot be quenched. For these reasons, it is our desire to share this with anyone searching for an unforgettable scuba diving experience. To begin your underwater experience, contact us today!
Fun Diving for Certified Divers
Notably, fun diving for our certified divers is why Cozumel diving is “on the map.” Our covered/shaded boats are geared for maximum comfort while our staff provides complete valet service start to finish. With it’s maximum capacity of 6 divers plus staff you can be assured of a fast ride to the dive sites surrounding Cozumel. Finally, thanks to lour low ratios, once underwater there will be plenty of room to avoid bumping into other divers.
Concerning fun diving, we have morning, afternoon, and evening boats 365 days of the year. Indeed, you can scuba the Cozumel reefs up to five times daily! Reservations accepted for single or multiple seats. Likewise, private charters are excellent for groups. We are ready to submerge you on Palancar reef or Paradise reef.
Your Cozumel Dive Shop
As the best dive shop for Cozumel scuba we offer PADI and SSI dive certifications for the beginner to the advanced diver and professional. Our dive center features a waterfront location unlike anyone other shop in Cozumel. We are 100% solar powered and only steps from our boat. Additionally, we have a private pool for instruction – a luxury on Cozumel! You won’t be in a resort pool with 20 other students plus swimming/playing children when you learn with us. Our pool location is ideal for the new students to learn in a calm, peaceful atmosphere conducive to a proper educational experience.
If you’ve never been SCUBA diving previously we can start you immediately. In fact, in our Discover SCUBA program we can get you enjoying the underwater world today! Alternatively, for those looking to become PADI certified, we offer online e-Learning options. In this regard, online learning is a holiday time saver. Specifically it allows you to complete the classroom portion before you arrive. Notably, this saves you one day of training time. Furthermore, you can begin reading your textbook today without paying a deposit!
On the subject of Advanced Dive Training, we start advanced-level training classes nearly every day. I mean with programs from Advanced Open Water to Divemaster and everything in between, we are ready to go! In all honesty we feel every diver should be Rescue trained and EANx certified. But that isn’t to say our favorite classes to teach are not Navigation, Buoyancy, and Wreck. Moreover, all classes available with online e-Learning!
The Diving Team
That’s the nickname we’ve given ourselves as we truly are a team. The Salty Endeavors dive shop has hand-picked it’s team members to ensure you are getting the very best diving experience possible. Henry has the biology background, Ray brings nearly 30 years of diving the Cozumel Marine Park waters – talk about experience! Aries contributes his military background. All three combine for over 2000 students and nearly 20,000 dives! Combined with Domingo and his 30 years at the helm, we know we’re bringing you the best possible foundation for unforgettable diving vacation.
Our Dive Shop
We actually dragged our dive shop to Cozumel all the way from Chicago. It made a heck of a story which I no doubt will share in the blog someday. Hence, our dive shop is a 28 foot long cargo trailer. What is more, Henry personally custom designed and built to his specifications. It is 100% solar powered and not just packed full of our toys, but similarly ready to entertain with tables, chairs, and a sun awning. It’s a great place to watch the sun set as we chat diving on Palancar reef over a few cold ones.
Above all, your safety depends not only on our dive crew, but also upon the rental equipment. This is why all our quality equipment has been hand selected by Henry, and in some cases custom built per his specifications. More importantly, we want you to have confidence and comfort in the rental equipment from Salty Endeavors. Rear-inflate, weight-integrated jackets, piston-balanced first stage regulators, swivel-assisted second stage regulators, quick-glide straps with secure-lock buckles, double tank bands, integrated trim weight pockets, open-heel fins,
We’ve created our blog to help share our story and passion for diving. We utilize it on many fronts – all our staff are asked to publish their daily dive logs for you. In addition, you can look forward to Henry getting verbose on animal biology. Furthermore, Aries loves to talk about equipment and training techniques. Finally, Ray is our Cozumel diving historian and loves to tell you about his best times in Cozumel scuba. In addition to the many photos, videos and more ideas forthcoming!
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Salty Endeavors joined TripAdvisor in December of 2016. In consequence, when we joined, as expected, we were listed dead last. At that time I think there was around 290 Outdoor Activity providers. I must say, I hated that look for us! We knew we did not belong at the bottom of Cozumel scuba diving operators. In spite of this, 18 months later we breached the Top 10 of what is now over 300 providers! Even more, we are still climbing! Come scuba diving on Cozumel with Salty Endeavors and you’ll know you are diving with the best Cozumel dive shop!
Tell me more about diving in Cozumel!
To begin, Cozumel is a small island of the east coast of Mexico. It lies roughly 12 miles off the coast of Playa del Carmen, and approximately 50 miles south of the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. The island itself is about 10 miles wide, but more importantly it is also 30 miles long. And for you and me that means 30 miles of reef to scuba dive!
The best part about diving in Cozumel the diversity of diving and dive sites. Cozumel offers our divers the opportunity to dive walls with floors in excess of 1000 feet, surround yourselves in coral pinnacles, encase themselves inside caves and canyons, drift quickly over carpet reefs, or slowly creep of sand beds and grass fields looking for the small stuff. It offers all of this in crystal clear waters averaging 100 feet / 30 meters of visibility as an average day!
Cozumel offers wall dives such as the famous Santa Rosa Wall, Maracaibo, Barracuda, and Punta Tunich. The steep vertical drop of the walls to depths well beyond our limits is so impressive it is only rivaled by the colors and sizes of the coral formations. Santa Rosa offers a fantastic mix of diving – from the incredible wall itself, plus toss in a few swim throughs, the fantastic cut-outs at the back half, and then of course finishing up in the shallows with the rays and schools of Jacks and patch reef corals. It’s no wonder its among the most talked about dive world wide!
the wall dives of Maracaibo, Barracuda, and Punta Tunich all exhibit the trait which Cozumel is known for – drift diving! While Maracaibo and Barracuda represent the far southern and northern reefs, Punta Tunish sits right in the middle. Tunich features lush coral growth and impressive numbers of fish, including the cave of 1 million fish! Maracaibo is heart-pounding wall dive shaped like an L titled 45 degrees inward creating an overhang that gathers swimming sharks! …And Barracuda, well, you just be ready to enjoy the flight of a lifetime as you soar over the wall feeling like Superman!
Speaking of formations, Palancar reef is world renowned for its epic coral formations. Not quite classified as a wall dive, Palancar still offers impressive drop-offs, but the focus is more upon the canyons, pinnacles, swim throughs, and crevasses. As you swim through the coral formations your mind cannot help but wonder about the millions of years it took to make such a unique reef-scape. Corals growing upon corals for eons shaped by the ebb and flow of Cozumel currents.
And then there is Colombia reef. It can get classified as wall dive – we call it Colombia Deep. But Colombia is more than a wall dive. I label it kind of like the father of Palancar, or what Palancar wants to be in another million years. It’s everything that Palancar is, but bigger and more impressive and with more fish. It is a little deeper than Palancar, so it can begin to challenge divers looking for more experiences.
Toss in the middle reefs like Dahlilah, French, Yucab, and Tormetos and you have some excellent slow drifts which are excellent all-around reefs for diving. All of the middle reefs feature a feef depth of 30 feet / 10 meters at the top, which is bathed constantly in sun and current making for a lush coral garden. The sites mostly drop to 60 feet on average, making them fantastic sites for divers of all skill levels.
Cozumel Dive Packages
Salty Endeavors is ready to help tailor a dive vacation package built specifically for you. If you simply want to book a day or two of diving, we are ready to assist. However, we are also able to book for you travel packages that include door door-to-door services with valet cars or rental vehicles, hotel, resort, or villa stays, plus land excursions – and of course diving with us!
We have partnered with several vacation rentals in order to provide you with a selection of properties in all price ranges. We offer a private apartment for two people starting at $20/night, up to sprawling oceanfront villas, and everything in between. Some of our most popular choices are Hotel Cozumel and Casa Mexicana due to the locality of being walking distance from everything downtown. Other guests love the seclusion of a condo in Residencias Reef. No matter your preference, we can help! For complete details of the properties we have partnered with, please check our Accommodations page, or simply contact us directly.
Beyond your lodging, we are ready to help you burn off your nitrogen loads by assisting with top-side activities. We have contacts which operate may various private tours around Cozumel, plus of course we can reach out to any existing company and make arrangements for you. One of our favorite land excursions to partake in is the Cozumel Turtle Hatching program. If you are here in the spring you can join in the nesting season where you look for turtles coming ashore to lay eggs. Alternatively, if you are here in the fall you can assist with the hatching! The hatching is by far the best part as you get to hold, play, and help hours-old baby turtles. This is but one idea – ask us for more!
Of course we cannot forget the diving! Any of the land-based excursions are merely an add-on to us helping you find your best dive package in Cozumel. It is important to note we do not own or operate any of these land excursions – we just help you make these connections and reservations. Our focus is, of course, on the Cozumel diving and providing you the very best diving experience possible. So when you add any of the land excursions we can vouch for, combined with our diving excursions, you now have yourself the complete Cozumel dive package!
We are on a Cozumel cruise, can we dive with Salty Endeavors?
Absolutely! Unlike many dive shops in Cozumel, Salty Endeavors warmly welcomes our divers arriving to the Cozumel ports via a cruise ship. We fully understand your desire to get away from the over-priced cattle-boat tour excursions provided by your cruise tour operators. Joining us for a relaxing day of scuba diving Palancar reef on our VIP fast boats is the perfect afternoon escape.
If you are arriving to Cozumel into the ports of Punta Langosta, International Pier, or Puerta Maya, we can help you spend your day in Cozumel diving! We offer several options for you to board our boat and spend a relaxing morning or afternoon submerged on the reefs inside the Cozumel Marine Park. On our fast boat we’ll get you diving and back with time to spare so you can still shop or sight see on Cozumel before departure.
There are a few bits of information that we need from you to ensure we can provide our services. Additionally, we provide full details of what we can cannot provide to our cruise ship divers. We ask that all our divers arriving to a Cozumel port on a cruise to have a read over our Cozumel cruise diver information page and provide us with the necessary information to fully assist you.
Things to do in Cozumel
There are so many other things to do in Cozumel that my list can be near endless. Thankfully for you, I’m slowly compiling my own list of things to do in Cozumel other than scuba diving. As I like to tell my divers looking for stuff to do, Cozumel sees roughly 12 million tourist visitors yearly. Our entire economy lives and dies off of tourism. If a tourist wants to do something, there is a very high likelihood that we have it available to you on this island. Contact us and let us know what it is!
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