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.

Experience Cozumel’s drift dives from a charter fast boat directly from Playa del Carmen’s beach.

Cozumel is within easy reach from Playa del Carmen. At only 12 miles from the shore, 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.

The boat leaves by 8:30 am from the beach in Playa del Carmen.

The fast boat takes us to the Marine Park in 45 to 50 minutes.

We dive into the famous southern sites like Santa Rosa, Palancar, La Francesa, Colombia, Cedral, etc.

The crew chooses the dive sites for the day based on where divers have been the days before. This way, you can visit different reefs when diving for multiple days.

After a first drift dive on the wall, we return to the boat for a nice one-hour surface intervale. There is water, fruit, snacks, and sandwiches for lunch on the ship. Although it is not a luxury boat, it is comfortable and has an area for sunbathing on the bow and plenty of shade under the roof.

We make the second dive at a shallower reef to finish the day.

We are back in Playa del Carmen between 1:30 and 2:00 pm.

Reserve your spot at least 10 days in advance.

Scuba Diving in Cozumel

On Mexico’s Southeast coast, just an hour south of Cancun and right in front of Playa del Carmen, in the Caribbean Sea’s warm waters lies Cozumel island’s National Marine Park. The island’s magnificent barrier reef is home to abundant 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. The walls of Cozumel create an aquarium-like environment for all kinds of underwater life, turtles, rays, nurse sharks, and many other species.

Cozumel Dive Sites

There are more than 45 dive sites around Cozumel, with diving conditions for all levels. The island’s south side 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 and swim-throughs full of marine life.

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