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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 ~ 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
Unlock the vibrant colors of underwater Cozumel!
Cozumel Dive Jamanta Dive Trips, Snorkeling & Instruction
Come Experience Cozumel Diving with Jamanta!
Cozumel Dive Jamanta Dive Trips, Snorkeling & Instruction
Hawksbill Turtle
Cozumel ~ Dive Paradise ~ Dive Instruction
Personal Experiences
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We travelled to Cozumel in January of 2005 and decided to take a snorkel and Snuba trip organised by Mayan Paradise Tours. My father (age 70) and I had snorkeled, but had never experienced Snuba. Because of my father's age, we were both nervous. However, Eduardo, our guide, was excellent and deserves a special note... he had a positive, patient, and relaxed manner about himself that let us both relax and enjoy our dive. The dive was breath taking. All of the staff was very proffessional, and everyone on the boat clearly had a great time. I recommend this tour to anyone considering it . D. Josephthal ~ South Bend, IN

Hello, I want to let you know that I visit your website all the time! I love it, so much information. I used you as a resource when I came to Cozumel for the first time about 2 years ago. Although my soon-to-be wife was there before, I needed to do some of my own homework. As for her, she and I will be getting married on June 22 at Hotel Cozumel and we are both really excited about it. I am so happy that you are able to put this website together for people like us who love Cozumel and can't be there as much as we want to be. Thanks again! John DeMaio ~ Milford, CT, USA

Hey, we got the pictures and they look great. We all had a lot of fun and it was a highlight of our vacation. All of us have stated to take some scubadiving lessons because we loved it so much. Thanks for everything and keep up the good work. We told all of our friends about it and hopefully they have a chance to try it as well. We will definity be posting a forum and checking out your website. Sorry about the slow reply. Thanks again. Kurtis, Dave & Bryan ~ Farmington, MA

Wow! You have been so helpful Sherri! thank you so very much for taking the time in giving me so much details that would help me with the excursions! you are so sweet! if I have any other questions I will be sure to let you know. Thank you again for being so helpful! Have a blessed day! :) K. Shields ~ Little Rock, Arkansas USA

We cannot begin to express our thanks to Sherri and the staff at IslaMar Villas for our wonderful 11-night stay. This was our third time staying at IslaMar Villas and for us it's the only place to stay in Cozumel. It has truly become our home away from home. We love the apartments, the courtyard and pool, and the warm and friendly neighborhood.

We also used "COZUMELINSIDER" to book our car rental with Avis. It went very smoothly and you guys also helped us trade in our little Chevy Pop for something a little bigger.

A big THANK YOU to Sherri for introducing us to a wonderful private driver on the mainland and for arranging our excursion to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Akumal. We were so happy that we decided to finally venture off the island and go to the mainland to see the ruins. The driver Sherri arranged for us was extremely friendly and went above and beyond to make sure we saw things we wouldn't have even known about had we taken the car ferry and driven on our own. To anyone looking for a private tour of places on the mainland, we highly recommend asking Sherri to arrange it for you. It was well worth it!

Thank you again, Sherri! Your kindness and warm hospitality makes us choose IslaMar Villas and your services over and over again. R & M Browning ~ Superior, CO
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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