diving cozumel from playa del carmen
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Scuba Diving in Cozumel from Playa del Carmen

So you are staying in Playa del Carmen and want to go scuba diving in Cozumel?

You can go Diving in Cozumel from Playa del Carmen in different ways. You can take the ferry, the taxi, and the small boat from the marina, which usually takes over half an hour to get to the southern dive sites, or you can experience Cozumel’s drift diving on a Charter boat directly from the beach in Playa del Carmen.

Cozumel is within easy reach from Playa del Carmen. At only 12 miles from the beach, we get on a fast boat that takes us to the Marine Park in 45 minutes. An excellent opportunity for day trips to dive on two different reefs without sacrificing a whole day of ferries and taxis during your diving vacation. A typical dive trip is from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Scuba Diving in Cozumel

On Mexico’s northeast coast, just an hour south of Cancun and right in front of Playa del Carmen, the Caribbean Sea’s warm waters lies National Marine Park of Cozumel island. The island’s magnificent barrier reef is home to an abundance of tropical species. Divers gather here to enjoy peaceful drift dives along Cozumel’s deep and lively walls, with an explosion of colorful hard corals, sponges, and gorgonians that together create an aquarium-like environment for all kinds of fish life, turtles, rays, and nurse sharks.

There are more than 45 dive sites around Cozumel, with diving conditions for all levels. The south side of the island has been a marine park for over 20 years. The reef here is incredibly healthy, with 105 different coral types and close to 300 species of fish. In the shallow south reefs’ clear waters, scuba divers often encounter Hawksbill Turtles, Eagle Rays, schooling Jacks, Eels, giant Lobsters, and the endemic frogfish found hiding in the coral heads.

Along Cozumel’s coastline, dive sites become progressively deeper and more challenging towards the island’s center. Mind-blowing drop-offs and coral topography create an intricate maze ripe for exploration. Dive sites such as the Palancar Caves, La Francesa, Punta Sur, Cedral, and Colombia feature massive coral formations swim-throughs full of marine life.

Divers UnderGround is an authorized Shearwater Dealer in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico.