COZUMEL REEFS

Cozumel´s reefs are world renowned among the best in the world.

What makes it so spectacular?

1st: The jet stream current that rushes from south to north, bringing nutrients for the reef and keeping the water pristine with crystal clear visibility, making the reefs bursts with marine life and drift diving a real pleasure.

2th: These gorgeous reefs are very close to shore, so you can be out diving or snorkeling in no time.

The map below offers reef locations you can choose based on your level of training and experience.

VILLA BLANCA WALL

Depth:

The wall starts at 50 ft,

Description:

A big sponge garden with coral patches scatter along the drop off, normaly a fast drift; lobsters, groupers, green moray eels, spoted eagle rays on winter,  It works great as a second or thirth shallow dive, since is very close to town.

Level:

Intermidiete.

NOTE:

As the new car ferry pier is close by, caution has to be observed on the departure-arrival ferry schedules.

Villa Blanca Wall

Black grouper at the reef in Cozumel México

PARAISO REEF

Depth:

Starts at 35 to 50 ft,

Description:

This is the beginning of the Parque Marino Arrecifes de Cozumel.
A strip of coral between a sand bar that runs south to notrth, divided in three main structures, average depth is 40 ft., max 50 ft.  normaly a mild current running to the north. Is an exelent nigth dive. Located 5 min. away from the Marina Caleta.

Level:

Exellent training and beginners dive, very enjoyable relaxing dive for the expirience divers, photographers can take theire time to find lots of marine live,

Also a very nice snorkeling area.

Paraiso reef

Hard coral head and fish, at Paraiso reef at Cozumel México.

LAS PALMAS WALL

Depth:

Wall starts at 50 ft.

Description:

This is a beautifull wall  often dived a s a second dive , exelent drift , groupers and sardine schools, barracudas and lots of basquet sponges, this is not a big reef but worth visiting for the expert eye.

Level:

Intermidiete.

Las Palmas wall

Spinny Puffer fish at Cozumel México.

CHANKANAAB REEF

Depth:

50 ft max. with an average of 40 ft.

Description:

Lots of lobsters and king crabs hiding in to the reef crevasses, some times nurse sharks are resting in to the reef, beautiful gorgonias at the end of the reef makes it a very unique place.

Level:

Beginners and expirienced divers can enjoy this reef alike, there is a little bit for everybody.

Chankaanab Reff

Couple of file fish At Chankaaab reef Couzmel Mexico.

CHANKANAAB BOLONES

Depth:

Chancanaab Bolones is the deep part of this reef sistem, range from 50 to 70 ft.

Description:

A series of several structures that are inhabitated by a lot of marine life forms, separated by sand patches, not very often dived, corals are in really good shape. Can finde nice size gropupers.

Level:

Intermidate dive site.

Chankaanab Bolones

SHIPWRECK FELIPE XICOTENCATL, C53

Depth:

Resting at 80 ft on the sand bar, rises up tp 40 ft on the structure.

Description:

Sunken porously in the year 2000 to provide Cozumel with a buffer on the shallow reefs, to relief some of the pressure divers make on it, also providing shelter for many species that have use it as a refuge, like black gropuers, green eels, glassy swipers inside the engine rooms, and on winter time eagle rays swuim by it, making a great photo opprtunitye.

Lying on a 80 ft sand bottom, facing the currents, with its three decks and two engine rooms makes it a perfect introduction to wreck diving.

Level:

Advanced recomended.

Felipe Xicotencatl

TORMENTOS -YUCAB REEFS

Depth:

50 ft

Description:

Yucab is a beautiful reef in the shallow area of 50 ft that runs for a couple of miles, is full with juveniles from many fish and coral grows constantly, great place for reef pictures, mild current makes it a great drift dive, rays, nurse sharks and eagle rays can be seen ocationaly. A great option for a two shallow dive trip, and a perfect second dive.

Tormentos is the following part of Yucab, very similar but more spread out, very nice coral heads specialy at the end of it, where this reef goes deeper, have to keep a close eye at depth gauge, since it get´s to 70 ft.+
Some days the current kiks in and takes you to a huge sand bar where sting rays are often seen.

Level:

Beginner

Tormentos Yucab Reef

Gorgonias and soft corals at Chankaab 

PUNTA TUNICH WALL

Depth:

50 ft.

Description:

One of my favorite dives, a nice wall, usually fast current, soft coral, basquet sponges, gorgoneas, lots of fish and life activity, tortules are comon, groupers and sardin school during the summer months, barracudas,  green eal can be found.

Level:

Intermidiate to seasoned divers.

Punta Tunich wall

SAN FRANCISCO WALL

Depth:

This wall beginns at 40 – 80 ft.

Description:

This is a very nice enrty level wall dive, starts at 40 ft at the edge aof the wall ans drops down bottomless, can bue dived as a first or second dive, as a deep 80 ft wall dive or as a second shalolow dive.

Reef structure is healthy and offers lots of beautifull scenes, lobsters, barracudas, grpoupers, file fish and parrot fish among many other reef fish. ocacionaly nurse sharks.

Level:

Beginner

San Francisco wall

SANTA ROSA WALL

Depth: 80 ft

Description:

This is The Wall, an embelematic place for Cozumel divers, as it is probably the must famous wall on the Island, its straight drop off is breath taking, the drift is like flying over the reef, many caverns to explore, current can change and get really strong, coution must be observed.

Very important to have great bouyancy control and air consuption, to fully enjoy this magical place.

Coral formation and crevases are just great.

Level: Intermidiate to advanced.

Santa Rosa reef

PASO DEL CEDRAL

Can be divided in two different reef sections, the wall and the shallow one:

Depth:

50 ft -100 ft

1- The Shallow part – 50 ft this section grows in between the sandy platform, running South to North with a swift current averaging 3 kts. A great drift dive, splendid corals and an interesting crevesse sistem in the mid. part of the reef, nursharks often seen, families of barracudas always hanging near the bottom faceing the current, a must do dive if you like drift.

Level:

Intermediat to advanced divers.

 

2- The wall section- starts at 55 ft and runs along the drop off on a series of cliffs and huge coral humps; can be dived deeper, the current in here is really strong must of the time, and is reserved for the seasoned advanced divers, life is bursting in here and for the expert eye finding criters left and rigth is a blast.

Some of my best shots are from this place.

Level:

Advanced no question. Good air cumpsumtion and great boutyancy is a must for this dive.

Paso del Cedral

DALILA & LA FRANCESA

Depth:

45-70 ft

Description:

We can say this reef sistem is the ending of Plancar Garedens; La Francesa is the southest part of the reef where it narrows down and emerges from the wall to the shallow platform where it becomes a long step shaped reef with lots of tunels and crevasses that makes it perfect for the marine life to find shelter from currents and predators and due to the shallow depth lots of food, so it is a great photo oportunity for great marine scenes. Nurse shark, turtles and eagle rays are often seen.

Dalila is the northerst part of this sistem and continues on the same shape until scaders away in to the sandy bottom, aming to Paso del Cedral.

Level:

All level of divers can enjoy this beautifull reef sistem.

Trigger fish couple, at Dalila reef, Cozumel Mexico.

PALANCAR

Depth:

25- 100 + ft

Description:

Palancar is the must famos reef in Cozumel Island, and probably one the must ones in the world.

It is hugee!, for diving propouses is divided in three main sections, the northers section know as Jardines, Gardens is the shallowest of the sistem, beautiful coral formations, crevesses and swuim troughs a must do if you dive in Cozumel.

The mid section is know as La Herradura, The Horseshoe, gets deeper and formations are more masive, awesome dive that stars at 25 ft and goes all the way into the deep wall.

The southerst part of Plancar sistem is Las Cuevas, the caves. This is an amazing coral formation is de deeper part, often dives between 80 and 100 ft, great for spectacular drop off views, one of my favorites.

Level:

Gardens and Hoseshoe, Beginners

Las Cuevas: Advanced.

Palancar Reef

COLOMBIA

Depth:

90-120 FT

Description:

Colombia is as bigg as it gets in coral formation, the reef starts at 50 ft on a shallower area, following the sand slope to the formation over the drop off starts to apear, masive coral formations docens of swuim troughs and coral passages take you to the wall, current usually is mild but sometimes gets strong.

Is a really nice dive that reuires experience.

Level:

Advanced.

 

 

Diver exploring at Colombia reef in Cozumel México.