Cozumel Dive Sites

For the vast majority of us, diving on the various Cozumel dive sites is what attracts us most to Cozumel. Technically speaking, Cozumel dive sites belong to the Great Western Atlantic Reef Belt, or the Great Mayan Reef, a division of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Interestingly, Cozumel is classified as a plateau reef – not a barrier reef. The reef itself extends the entire coastline of Cozumel – more than 30 miles! This makes up a large portion of the mammoth 175 mile long reef system. 

Part of what Cozumel so famous is the ever present water current which washes over our dive sites. Although it is possible for no current to be present, this is rare, and more commonly we experience water speeds averaging 1.5 knots. On occasion, it is possible we can dive sites with over 3 knots of water current! This constant supply of water movement (read: food and oxygen for corals and fish) is thanks to the Yucatan Strait pushing water from south to north past Cozumel. The result is a bountiful collection of over 65 stony corals, 350 mollusks, and 500 fish! 

cozumel dive sites

But what Cozumel dive sites will we visit?

Salty Endeavors visits all the Cozumel dive sites located around the island. Most of these dive sites are easy to get to and ideal for new and advanced divers with their clear water, gentle soft currents, and abundance of fish. These sites include Villa Blanca wall south to San Francisco reef. the infamous Palancar reef and portions of Colombia are also ideal dive locations for all divers. However, some Cozumel dive sites are reserved only for expert divers. These sites include Santa Rosa Wall, portions of Colombia, such as Colombia Deep. Plus of course all of Punta Sur and Maracaibo. To the north, San Juan and all sites to the north of San Juan would also be reserved for advanced divers.

For particular dive locations, including Punta Sur, Maracaibo, and all dive sites north of Puerto Abrigo harbor, Salty Endeavors reserves the right to enforce a minimum number of two (2) or more dives with us prior to making diving at these more challenging locations. This is for the protection of both us and you. Please note some Cozumel dive sites may require a fuel surcharge and / or a weather contingency plan in additional to prior advance booking of a full charter boat for the day. These Cozumel dive sites include all sites to the east side of the island. Ultimately our boat captain has final say if the conditions are acceptable for navigating and diving. Your safety and enjoyment is our priority!

Palancar Reef

Santa Rosa Wall

C-53 Wreck