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Diving in Cozumel

 

Cozumel scuba diving is world renowned, consitently ranking among the top five destinations for enjoying the sport. The Mesoamerican or Mayan reef is the world's second-largest coral reef and never fails to delight those who explore it.

Cozumel enjoys pleasant average temperatures of 80°F and boasts ideal conditions for diving, with visibility of up to 200 feet. If traveling through the underwater world at the Chananaab Natural Park, visit the famous cenotes. At a depth of 72 feet, divers find sunken articles like anchors, cannons, a fishing boat, and a bronze figure of Christ.

Divers can enter the mouth of a cave at a depth of 50 feet at the famous Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat).

The Palancar reef, regarded as the most popular, can be explored at a depth of 65 to 100 feet and offers the greatest variety of marine species. Because of a brisk underwater breeze, diving on Palancar is like flying inside gigantic coral canyons, appearing as vertical gorges descending into the ocean's depths.

San Francisco has a vertical wall with coral incrustations and large yellow tube sponges hanging down toward the abyss. Recommended depths for admiring the best view range from 60 to 120 feet.

The Santa Rosa reef, at a depth of only 50 feet, offers many caves that  greet divers with soft gorgonian fans and large sponges. Don't miss the experience.

Some of the most recommended reefs are Paraíso Bajo, Paraíso Norte, Paraíso Sur, and Balones de Chankanaab. Remember to ask your guide about them. Visitors return again and again for diving and snorkeling in Cozumel.

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