This jewel of a tropical island rests in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Just east of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, the lush jungle life fills the island’s interior while sugary beaches, sunshine and gently swaying palm trees line the coast. It’s paradise! Cozumel is an easy trip from the United States and offers some of the best diving in the world. One of the many reasons Cozumel is a bucket list location for divers is the incredible drift diving.
Cozumel is located in the state of Quintana Roo by the Caribbean Sea, about 10 miles off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It is directly across the water from Playa del Carmen and about an hour and a half from the Cancun airport.
The island is about 29 miles from northeast to southwest and averages 9 miles in width. Cozumel is the largest of Mexico’s inhabited islands. San Miguel is the only main town. The majority of the island is undeveloped.
What To Expect
One of the many reasons Cozumel is a bucket list location for divers is the incredible drift diving. Drift diving is fun, and it adds to the magic of Cozumel. Relax and ride the current, taking in the beauty and majesty of the reef and all its vibrant inhabitants.
As the second-largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican reef offers a massive variety of coral that creates a maze of swim-throughs and walls. Not only is Cozumel known for its beautiful reef, but it also has an abundance of marine life. There are over 500 species of fish in the area so get your camera ready!
You might see:
- Splendid toadfish
- Gray angelfish
- Moray eels
- Nurse sharks
- Hawksbill turtles
Spend your down day visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Chichen Itza was a Mayan city named after the Itza people and was a bustling political and economic center during its time. Many of its original structures are still standing and archeologists continue to uncover more artifacts to this day.
San Gervasio Ruins
The most important Mayan ruin in Cozumel is San Gervasio, located on the northeast side of the island. This site was an important spiritual site for the Mayans. Every year, the people would make pilgrimages to San Gervasio to worship Ixchel, the Mayan God of Fertility. The ruins are very well intact and give you a great picture of what their structures were like.
A unique characteristic when diving in the Yucatan Peninsula is the cenotes, or Mayan sinkholes. Covered by the jungle, these sinkholes offer a sense of adventure paired with great visibility.
What prior travelers say
“All the fun without any of the hassle! We used to book our own private trips but going through Diventures gives us the opportunity to go to try out new places without having to do all the research and logistics. And with the added bonus of making awesome new friends along the way!”
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
There are no adapters required. If you’re visiting from the States, you won’t need to worry about an adapter for your cell phone or computer. Cozumel operates on a 110 V.
Must be valid 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.
Please be sure to bring it with you! Mosquitos are most active in the early morning hours and around sundown.
Although the water that comes out of the faucet on Cozumel is in fact potable, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should drink it. While it’s okay to bathe in, we suggest you use bottled water for absolutely anything else.
Smart casual. In restaurants, men are welcome to wear Bermuda shorts and sandals. Ladies are free to choose between closed-toe shoes and sandals.
You are able to use your credit cards in most stores and restaurants. Just remember that the charge will be made in pesos and your bank will charge you in dollars.
1 Mexican Peso equals 0.0549 USD. So, 20 Mexican pesos is about 1 USD.
Cozumel is one of the hottest climates in Mexico. With average temperatures of 80°F, and cool breezy nights at a low average of 70°F. Water temperatures range from 78°F – 82°F throughout the year.
Spanish is the main language spoken, but English is also widely used.
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