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Cozumel Scuba Diving
Photo courtesy of Warren C SprungYou've heard it all before, but diving the waters of Cozumel is exceptional and breathtaking and the dives sites look different even if you return to the same spot in the same week.

Rated in the top 5 diving sites in the world, Cozumel remains popular for all levels of diving from the beginner to the highly experienced technical diver. 

There is challenge and beauty for everyone so take your time, get all the info you can, and learn from the Insiders ...


Selecting a Dive Operator and Dive Trip
Since there are over 130 dive shops to chose from on Cozumel, deciding who to dive with can be overwhelming. 

The choices range from large operations with as many as 15 boats in the fleet to mom-pop shops with a single boat to launch daily as well as freelancers hawking on the street and renting boats at the last minute when they get enough clients to cover costs.


Basics for Choosing the Right Dive Shop
  • Verify the dive operator is affiliated with a certifying agency such as PADI, NAUI, SSI or even FMAS which is the Mexican counterpart to the US agencies.   All of these agencies have "incident" reporting processes to ensure safety and compliance with industry guidelines.
  • Check the certification and experience levels of the shop owner as well as the person who will be conducting the dives.  Your safety will depend on the guidance and decision making of these professionals. The more experienced guides are familiar with the water currents and reefs.
  • Select dive operators who invest in safety equipment.  The minimum safety equipment on board a dive boat is a radio, lifejackets and a DAN oxygen kit for emergencies.  Professional operators will carry fresh water and first aid kits as well.
  • Choose dive operators who employ multi-lingual employees.  You will be more comfortable and misunderstandings are minimized.
  • Most importantly, deal with a dive shop that understands the nature of customer service.  With so much competition, there is no reason for anyone to be less than professional to you.
Basics for Choosing the Right Dive Trip

  • Private Charters: These trips are organized for just your group. You make all the decisions as to where you want to go and what you want to do. This is fun for a large family or group that works well together and knows the area. This is generally more costly then the regular scheduled trips but it doesn't hurt to inquire if you are interested. Contact us and we would be happy to help you set one up.
  • Small Boat or "Fast Boat": This type of trip is typically taken on a small boat with an outboard motor. The boat can accomodate comfortably no more than 4-6 divers. Since the boat is small and fast it gets you to the reef quickly (maybe ahead of the other groups).
  • Larger Boat: This trip is taken on a larger boat typically with as as many as 10-15 other divers. The trip is very comfortable as there normally is plenty of room for your gear and to move about. While travelling to/from the reefs, these boats typically have areas to relax and sun and most offer some ort of refreshments/snack.
Each option has its merits and can be fun in its own way.  If you prefer privacy, book a charter; if you are gregarious and enjoy meeting people from all over the world, jump on a larger boat and make some new friends!
Some SCUBA (and almost) activities you might enjoy!
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 Cozumel Dive with Dolphins
The Dolphin Scuba Program is every diver's chance to make their dream of diving and interacting with dolphins come true! An exciting program to meet the most incredible creatures of the planet! Live an hour diving with dolphins in the turquoise shallow waters surrounded by their natural environment. US$179/person
 Cozumel Dive Jamanta Dive Trips, Snorkeling & Instruction
Do you prefer one-on-one, owner/operator contact when you dive? If so, Dive Jamanta just might be the place for you! 2 Tank Diving from $ 84/person
 Cozumel Dive Paradise Dive Trips
Experience the thrill of scuba diving in one of the top dive destinations in the world with Cozumel's leading dive shop ~ Dive Paradise! 2 Tank trips from $74/person ~ Single Tank $ 35
 Cozumel Eve Ackerman Dive Training
Come join Eve in Cozumel where island breezes, warm tropical weather and clear blue waters make for ideal dive training conditions. First Experience - Only $70
 Cozumel ~ Dive Paradise ~ Dive Instruction
Experience the thrill of learning to scuba dive in one of the top dive destinations in the world with Cozumel's leading dive shop ~ Dive Paradise! Classes start at only $63/person
 Cozumel Fox Hill Underwater Video ~ The Beauty of Cozumel
Share the beauty of Cozumel's reefs with family and friends with this spectacular underwater video! Only $25
 Whale Shark Snorkel Adventure from Cancun
Boat leaves from Cancun - shorter trip ~ Unforgettable - spectacular whale shark snorkel experience! US$ 179 per person
 Cozumel Whale Shark Snorkel from Holbox
Spectacular day trip whale shark snorkel experience at Isla Holbox! Personal service from a professional guide who escorts guests the entire way from Cozumel to Holbox! US$ 210 per person

Cozumel Fox Hill Underwater Video ~ The Beauty of Cozumel
Whale Shark
Cozumel Whale Shark Snorkel from Holbox

Cozumel Fox Hill Underwater Video ~ The Beauty of Cozumel
Another one of Cozumel's reef creatures!
Cozumel Dive Jamanta Dive Trips, Snorkeling & Instruction
Personal Experiences
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It is very cold here, it snowed last night. Welcome home to us right?! Just wanted to send an email thanking you for making our experience the best ever in sunny Cozumel. We wanted to let you know that the day we spent at your PalMar Beach Club we had your homemade tamales, (which are my favorite, by the way!) and they were excellent. Also we think that you have very good employees, Juan (there at the beach club/your house) we especially appreciated him, he treated us very well and we just wanted you to know that. Thanks again for the ride to the ferry, we made the 10:00! Also we were very thankful for your advice to stay there in Playa. We were able to get a room and just enjoy our last day on the beach which is what I really wanted. We were within walking distance from the bus that took us to the airport the next morning so it was all very convenient. You were very helpful and we will definately recommend your villas to anyone going there in the future. K & J Gilbert ~ Unknown

Ladies --- I just wanted to thank you so much for helping us with the island tour and the sea trek helment diving ------- both were awesome!

Our tour guide was Humberto ----- great guy --- he sang for us !!!!!!!! He has been to Nashville, TN before ---- he was so knowledgable and so nice.

We ran a little late for the sea trek ---- but they took us right in. They too were great -- that was one of the coolest water activities we have ever done. Yes --- we bought the video and pictures ------ we just loved it. Did not have time to snorkel with Mario -- we feard we'd miss the ship -----

but we did not --- taxi took us quickly to the ship as soon as the sea trek was over.

I don't know a lot of travelers -- but I would recommend anybody using Yaxkin as a tour company --- as well as the guys at Sea Trek.

You ladies were great ----

Thanks again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tressa Bush ~ Tennessee

We used Dive Paradise as dive operators and could not have made a better choice. Once again, friendly people with great diving skills. We would dive with them again. Gear was in good shape and the tanks always full. Loved the idea of divers choice dive spots. J. & R. Fithian ~ San Diego, CA

You ladies (at COZUMELINSIDER) are the best ---- will write more when it doesnt costs 75 cents per minute --like it does on the ship. Our driver, humbuerto was awesome ! seak trek thing was the coolest thing in the world ---- we LOVED it --- we bought the cd-rom --- we are such tourists !!!!!!!!!!! i'm a tv reporter and the guy who shot the underwater video is a good photographer ----
had some really neat shots ----- i'm a sucker for videos -------- did not really want to snorkel with mario --- those guy were really sweet ---- will talk more when at home --- just wanted you to know ASAP-- highly impressed with your service ----- wish i knew a milllion people to recommend to you !! Tressa Bush ~ Tennessee

Sherri, I was browsing Cozumel Websites the last few days. I came across yours. I have never found a website so detailed to a destination in my life! You supply all the information a traveler could ever want!

You give us how to get there, what to do while we are there, where to stay, how to travel, what to do if we get sick, where to eat, and it just goes on and on!

Thank you for taking the time that you spent in making this my new favorite site!

I wish every vacation destination had a site like this! BRAVO! Jim Piere ~ Simi Valley CA 93063
Recompression Chambers
Cozumel has over 130 dive shops plus countless freelancers who serve as many as 1500 divers daily on the reefs and walls of the island. With this level of diving activity, accidents can happen and recompression chambers are an important safety precaution for divers.

There are 2 hyperbaric chambers staffed with hyperbaric certified physicians waiting to respond to the medical needs of divers.

Hyperbaric Chambers

Chamber Facilities - Copyright © CozumelInsiderCozumel Recompression Chamber
Radio VHF 16 and 21
872-23 87 and 872-1430
Calle 5 Sur #21B

Cozumel Hyperbarics Chamber
Radio VHF 65
872-3070
Located in the "San Miguel Clinic"
at Calle 6 between Ave 5 and Ave 10


Cozumel Recompression Center is supported almost entirely by donations of visiting divers who pay $1 per dive day to affiliated dive operators.  For this dollar, CRC provides treatment for pressure/dive related  problems and works with PRIMARY insurance carriers (DAN) to try to ensure that divers have no out-of-pocket expense for the treatment.

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