Scuba Travel to Cozumel: Where to Take the Plunge

Cozumel, meaning Island of the Swallows, is a Caribbean island located off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The island boasts warm water, beautiful coral formations and fantastic visibility, so it’s no wonder that it’s popular with scuba divers. Add to that the stunning white beaches, warm hospitality, good food and a vibrant nightlife, and you have all the ingredients for a fun-filled island holiday.

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The island’s tourism predictably focuses on balnearios (seaside resort towns), scuba diving and snorkeling. In fact, the vast majority of the island’s economy relies on tourism, charter fishing and diving. It comes as little surprise that scuba diving is an important part of the economy when you consider the fact that Cozumel is widely regarded as one of the best diving locations in the world.

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All of the island’s beaches are protected and many form part of the protected Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park. In this underwater park, divers are treated to views of 26 types of coral (consisting of more than 100 subspecies), in excess of 500 species of fish, and loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. The abundant marine life and vast array of colors have mesmerized many a diver.

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Colombia and Palancar Reefs are the two main coral reef systems off the shore of Cozumel. There are dive sites that suit divers with any level of qualification. The plateaus are easily accessible, beginning in shallow water that is less than 30 feet (9 meters) deep.

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Novice divers can visit the coral gardens in shallow water nearer the shore and dive effortlessly in mild currents. Intermediate divers who are confident in stronger currents can approach the drop-off and see towering coral pinnacles. More experienced divers can brave unpredictable currents in deep water to appreciate vertical walls and sites that are seldom visited. Cozumel has something for everyone.

Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.

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