Cozumel diving can be a great experience. Here are some of the highlights, facts, and dive sites.
Cozumel Diving Facts
The island is about 10 miles wide and 30 miles long. The water is very warm in Cozumel. Typically temperatures in the water range from 77-85 degrees fahrenheit. Air temperature averages between 70-90 degrees fahrenheit. Visibility in the water is typically 80-100 feet. There are approximately 25 different types of coral and approximately 500 different types of fish. The primary type of dive is drift diving, where you literally just float with the current. Cozumel has the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the only reef that is bigger.
Cozumel Diving – Fish you will most likely see!
I have done about 30 dives in Cozumel. This is a list of the fish I have seen on almost every dive. It is not a comprehensive list but gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect. I have seen numerous turtles, eagle rays, lionfish, moray eels, grouper, toadfish, passive nurse sharks, angelfish, parrot fish, snapper, lobsters, crabs, damselfish, trumpet fish, and spotted drum fish. You will see a lot of others but these are the fish I have seen the most often.
There are a significant number of Cozumel dive sites and I won’t be able to cover them all here. The dive sites that are the best are the Columbia Wall, the Santa Rosa Wall, and the Palancar Garden. These 3 dive sites are very large and have options for every level of diver. Each one has different types of things to see and different types of coral formations, walls, and fish. Your Dive Master, from the company you pick for diving, will have detailed knowledge of each option and can recommend a dive based on what you want to see. Two other Cozumel diving sites that are for the more experienced diver are The Devil’s Throat and Punta Sur Reef. Punta Sur Reef has large caverns for the more experienced diver.