Cozumel’s underwater paradise was discovered in 1961 by none other than Jacques Cousteau, a legend of the diving world. Now a marine park, the waters surrounding the island are threaded with coral reefs filled with all kinds of tropical fish. The clarity of the water is awesome – 100 feet (30 meters) and counting – the water is warm, and swim-throughs and canyons make for exciting and exhilarating dives at a choice of more than 100 sites only a mile or so offshore.
Cozumel’s best diving is off the west coast, and one of the best sites to check out is the Santa Rosa Wall for corals, sponges and groupers. Wreck diving includes the Junkyard’s sunken airplane, there’s great shore diving for coral at Paraiso Reef North, and Palancar Reef is a deep coral wonderland.
Certified divers are spoilt for choice, with tailor-made PADI-certified scuba trips to undersea tunnels, corridors and reefs. Multi-day packages visit different dive sites each day. Bring your underwater camera to catch images of the amazing sea life floating beneath you as you drift dive from a boat. You’ll see striped, spotted and psychedelic tropical fish, giant sponges and clams, corals, sea horses, rays and turtles.
The snorkeling off Cozumel is just as awesome as the diving, particularly at Dzul-Ha, Junkyard, Paraiso Reef and Parque Chankanaab. There are shallower sites for novices, full-on adrenaline-fueled sites to challenge and enthrall the experts, and tours that combine snorkeling coral reefs with beach party fun complete with margaritas, beach volleyball and sea trampolining.
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