The reefs in Cozumel are world renowned among the best in the world. What makes it so spectacular? First, the jet stream current that rushes from south to north and up to Cuba keeps the waters pristine with crystal clear visibility. It bursts with marine life and makes drift diving a real pleasure. Second, these miraculous reefs are very close to shore. You can be out and diving in no time. The map below offers reef locations you can choose based on your level of training and experience.
VILLA BLANCA WALL
Begins at 50 ft, is a big sponge garden with coral patches scatter along the drop off, normaly a fast drift not really for beginners, I would say more for intermidete divers; lobsters, green moray eels, spoted eagle rays on winter , groupers. It works great as a second or thirth shallow dive as is very close to town.
As the new car ferry pier is close by caoution has to be observed on the departure/arrival ferry schedules.
Paraiso reef is the beginn of the Parque Marino Arrecifes de Cozumel PMAC.
Is a strip of coral between a sand bar that runs south to notrth and is divided in three main structures, average depth is 40 ft max 45ft. Is an exelent training and beginers dive and a very enjoyable relaxing dive for the expirience divers, photographers can take theire time to find lots of marine live, normaly a mild current running to the north. Is an exelent nigth dive. Located 5 min. away from the Marina Caleta.
Also a very nice snorkeling area.
LAS PALMAS WALL
This is a beautifull wall starting at 50 ft 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.
Intermidiete dive site.
Here you will find a very nice reef structure at 50 ft max. with an average of 40 ft, 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.
Beginers and expirienced divers can enjoy this reef alike there is a little bit for everybody.
Chancanaab Bolones is the deep part of this reef sistem range from 50 to 70 ft is a series of several structures that are inhabitated by a lot of marine life forms, not very often dived, corals are in really good shape.
Intermidate dive site.
SHIPWRECK FELIPE XICOTENCATL C53
Sunken porously in the year 2000 to provide Cozumel with a buffer on the shallow reefs to relief some of the divers pressure, providing shelter for many species that have use it as a refuge.
And for the diver’s enjoyment and challenge, where the adventure spirits find a different and unique dive in Cozumel.
Lying on a 78 ft sand bottom, facing the currents, with its three decks and two engine rooms makes it a perfect introduction to wreck diving.
Advanced level recomended.
TORMENTOS -YUCAB REEFS
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 an intermidiate dive, rays, nurse sharks and eage 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 so has to be dive carefully since it get´s to 70 ft.+
Some days the current kiks in at the end and takes you to a huge sand bar where sting rays are often seen.
PUNTA TUNICH WALL
This is one of my favorite dives with usually fast current, lots of fish and life activity, tortules are comon, groupers and sardin school most part of the year, barracudas as well and in to a particular crevase a green eal can be found.
Intermidiate to seasoned divers level.
SAN FRANCISCO WALL
This wall begins at 50 ft, is a big sponge garden among the corals, normaly a fast drift not really for beginners, I would say more for intermidete divers; lobsters, green eels, spoted eagle rays on winter , groupers. It works great as a thirth shallow as is very close to town.
SANTA ROSA WALL
This is 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, current can change and get really strong coution has to be taken.
Coral formation and crevases are just great. Intermidiate to advanced level.
PASO DEL CEDRAL
Can be divided in two different reefs:
1- Shallow – 50 ft in between the platform, running South to North with a swift current averageing 3 kts. A great drift dive, splendid corals and an interesting crevasse 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.
Intermediat to advanced divers.
2- The wall – 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.
Advanced no question.
DALILA & LA FRANCESA
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.
All level of divers can enjoy this beautifull reef sistem.
Palancar is the must famos reef in Cozumel Island, and probably one the must ones in the world.