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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!
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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 ~ 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
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Cozumel Fox Hill Underwater Video ~ The Beauty of Cozumel
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Personal Experiences
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Less than an hour ago, I booked a dolphin swim package through your website. You have already confirmed my order with exactly what we wanted! I was really in a panic because when I tried to book directly through the Dolphin website, they said there was nothing available. I had read great things about your company on the on one of the popular message boards. I have to agree they are true! Thanks so much for your prompt service! I know this experience will be a great memory for my kids! L. Walker ~ Crosby, TX

My family and I have returned to Cozumel many times - it's a favorite destination and we have watched it change over the past 20 years. The Cozumel Insider is a great publication - it's a wonderful way to keep up with the news about one of our favorite islands. We are preparing to visit again this August and the Insider has shown us some different activities to try, as well as helped to bring us up to date with local political and ecological happenings. We're delighted to see the interest in wildlife conservation throughout the area. Keep up the good work on this terrific site. D. McClean ~ unknown

Hello Sherri ~ I met you back in 2001 (12 years ago!) when my husband and I along with another couple were involved in a wreck and you were behind us and helped us out as to our rights in the matter. A motorcycle ran into the side of us pretty bad if you recall. I believe you said you lived in Addison, Texas like us. I have booked a trip and will be in Cozumel next Tuesday. Any recommendation on vehicle rental you can suggest for me? LATER: My date and I had a blast in Cozumel. He loved the island. It was a very short trip. I am including a photo of us on the cruise. He would like to go back and stay for a few days at your place. Hope you are doing good, please keep in touch. C Bronstad ~ San Antonio, TX

We took advantage of the Sea Trek Helmet Dive on December 18, 2006 and it was outstanding! It is a short 5 minute walk from our ship "Ectasy" and we saved $30.00 per person by using Cozumel Insider over the price offered on Carnival. I would recommend this activity to other cruisers. Thank you INSIDER! Rod and Laura ~ Albuquerque/NM/USA

Sherri and her staff did everything under the sun to help us get on one of their shore excursions. Phone calls and emails were promptly acknowledged and answered cheerfully and professionally. These are "home" folks; no need to worry about language or accents getting in the way of success. Book with confidence, and have fun! J Meyers ~ San Antonio, Texas
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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