It is easy to see why Cozumel Island, located in the Caribbean Sea just off the Yucatan Peninsula, is consistently rated one of the best scuba diving sites on our planet. To begin with the Mexican government has done an admirable job of protecting the surrounding coral reefs by creating the Cozumel Marine Park in 1996, a 29,000 acre protected area that includes the federal maritime zone, as well as rocky and sandy beaches, mangroves and palm groves that support important biological communities.
In addition to its 26 types of coral, with over 100 subspecies, it’s more than 300 fish species, turtles, sharks, canyon walls and much more, scuba diving in Cozumel is famous for the incredible visibility that has been likened to a clarity that makes your experience “more like flying than swimming or diving”! And if one reef isn’t enough to satisfy, the island coastline boasts an array of choices that include: Paradise Reef, Palancar Reef, Santa Rosa Reef and Las Palmas Reef amongst many others.
Given all these choices and the great underwater environment Cozumel Island is also the perfect place to embark on your adventure as a beginner diver. Dive shops offer PADI certifications that range from Discovery Scuba Introductory Courses all the way to full Open Water Certification. If you are an experienced diver you will be able to choose from recreational 2 tank diving or night diving, and all the way to most of PADI’s advanced educational opportunities.
So whether you’re a seasoned diver or a tentative beginner, Cozumel Island has a range of choices that will definitely satisfy your needs. Enjoy your time under this beautiful Caribbean Sea!