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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
Look mom ~ I was diving with a turtle in Cozumel!
Cozumel Dive Jamanta Dive Trips, Snorkeling & Instruction
Moray Eel
Cozumel Dive Paradise Dive Trips
Semi Private Instruction
Cozumel ~ Dive Paradise ~ Dive Instruction
Personal Experiences
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My husband and I lived in Cozumel for just over 6 months and completly LOVED it! We spent most of our time on the other side of the Island where it is just a completely different world. I highly recommend Cozumel to anyone travelling to the Mayan Riviera. I know so many people who go to Cancun, but have never been to Cozumel even though it is only about 40 minutes away! Take advantage of this beautiful Island!!! A. McIntosh ~ Toronto, Canada

As a published underwater photographer with 15 years experience, I was amazed by how much I learned from your underwater photo course. Your depth of knowledge, friendly teaching style and technical tips made the day a great investment for me. I would highly recommend your course! Thank you! Fox Hill Underwater Photography Class M. Cowman ~ Fla

We just came back from a week of diving at Cozumel with Dive Paradise. It was absolutely fantastic. We had a large group and the three dive masters were excellent. I would like to thank Santos, Julio, and Jesus for the best vacation I have had in many years. The diving in Cosumel is supurb, but these gentlemen made the experience that much more enjoyable. Thanks again and we'll see you soon! J. King ~ Eaton Rapids, MI

Sherri ~ WOW!!! We just returned from our cruise! What a wonderful time we had!! Your COZUMELINSIDER.com bookings for our Dolphin snorkel adventure and Sea Trek were the highlight of the cruise. They were easy and saved us about half the cost of booking through the cruise line. We simply hopped into a cab and spent the day at the Park (we could have spent a week there.) They were even able to work us into the Sea Trek early. All the people were friendly, helpful and overall just treated us great. While we were standing around waiting a short little man came up and ask if we wanted a snorkel tour. I instantly remembered what you had said and looked at his name tag. It was Mario! His tour was fantastic! If you see him ask him if he remembers Señor Ed and his family (he never caught that my name was Ted, but that’s okay!) I had a waterproof digital camera and he snapped lots of pictures of us. We had a wonderful time and much of it was thanks to you, your website and staff!

I know you probably get lots of pictures but I had to send you three. Look at the smiles on my boy’s faces. That says it all! Thank you so much for all your help and advice. We can’t wait to return. Your website is the first place we will stop! I wish we could have met in person. We will next time! T. Mahler Family ~ Howe ,TX

My husband, my son and his two boys spent 5 days at Hotel Cozumel and Resort.. He did his first scuba dive at Dive Paradise Club across from the hotel. The man who taught him was named Jordan. He was very thorough.
The ocean was beautiful, the people friendly. It was a very relaxing vacation. Before we went I found your site, and spent several weeks before we went reading your newsletter. It was very helpful and gave us a wonderful view of what was going on. We were there at the end of May 2006 and I still am reading your news. I intend to continue to do so as we are planning to come back someday. Thanks for all the insight. I hope they keep that one beach open for the local people and fisherman's boats.. Even though we were tourists, it doesn't seem right to take everything away from those who live there. Connie Armstrong ~ Coyle, Oklahoma
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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