In 1954, the famous underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau visited Cozumel and discovered a series of spectacular coral reefs just offshore. He immediately called the island one of the world’s best scuba diving destinations.
Who are we to argue?
Cozumel Mexico scuba diving is some of the best in the world. The protected Marine Park harbors boast impressive walls of coral with huge pinnacles, underwater tunnels, and an impressive array of sea life. Year round visibility, warm and tranquil, turquoise-blue water, and placid currents make Cozumel scuba diving vacations an irresistible experience. The water temperature averages 77 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 85 in summer. Although these temperatures sound warm and cozy, a light to medium wetsuit may be needed.
In addition to the colorful fish, Cozumel lays claim to some of the biggest and most spectacular sponge formations in the world. Fed by a uninterrupted current bringing a balanced supply of food to the reefs, some sponges, such as the Elephant Ear sponge, can grow as large as 12 feet across. Other sponges, like the Barrel sponge, gain significant size as well.
Cozumel’s coral reef formations are part of the Great Mayan Barrier, which stretches from the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula to the Gulf of Honduras. The Great Mayan Barrier is second in size only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef — and obviously much more accessible to American scuba diving enthusiasts.
You’ll see massive coral walls that drop 3,000 feet to the ocean floor, as well as tunnels, caves, old Spanish galleons, and brightly colored underwater coral gardens, making Cozumel the perfect place for your scuba diving vacations. You’ll dive surrounded by all kinds of tropical fish and other exotic marine animals: moray eels, crabs, lobsters, barracudas, stingrays and nurse sharks. The underwater wildlife is absolutely amazing here and due to the clarity of the water (100 - 200 ft visibility, depending on the season ), you do not have to be an experienced scuba diver to enjoy it. The clarity of the Caribbean opens up a world of beauty unlike any other.
Cozumel Getaways has a lot of experience in accommodating scuba diving groups of all sizes. We work with local dive operators and dive shops to help make your experience as worry-free as possible, and our villas offer outdoor showers and rinse tanks for dive gear. We will do everything we can to make your Cozumel Mexico scuba diving vacations the best possible.
Below are brief descriptions of some of Cozumel’s best-known and most spectacular coral reefs.
Even more inviting, Cozumel’s crystal clear water and warm tropical climate make scuba diving possible year-round. And the number, variety and locations of Cozumel’s reefs offer adventure for beginning, intermediate and advanced scuba divers.
So why wait to book your next scuba diving vacation?
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