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 Cozumel Island

Mexico, Yucatan

English (Translate this text in English): Cozumel (Island of the Swallows) is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. It is one of the eight municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.

In 1959, Jacques Cousteau discovered the extent and beauty of Palancar, the coral reefs at the south of Cozumel and publicized it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world.

Scuba diving is still Cozumel's primary draw, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities. These coral reefs are protected from the open ocean by the island's natural geography. In 1996, the government of Mexico also established the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, forbidding anyone from touching or removing any marine life within the park boundaries.

English (Translate this text in English): Cozumel (Island of the Swallows) is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. It is one of the eight municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.

In 1959, Jacques Cousteau discovered the extent and beauty of Palancar, the coral reefs at the south of Cozumel and publicized it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world.

Scuba diving is still Cozumel's primary draw, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities. These coral reefs are protected from the open ocean by the island's natural geography. In 1996, the government of Mexico also established the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, forbidding anyone from touching or removing any marine life within the park boundaries.

Cozumel (Island of the Swallows) is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. It is one of the eight municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.

In 1959, Jacques Cousteau discovered the extent and beauty of Palancar, the coral reefs at the south of Cozumel and publicized it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world.

Scuba diving is still Cozumel's primary draw, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities. These coral reefs are protected from the open ocean by the island's natural geography. In 1996, the government of Mexico also established the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, forbidding anyone from touching or removing any marine life within the park boundaries.

English (Translate this text in English): Cozumel (Island of the Swallows) is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. It is one of the eight municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.

In 1959, Jacques Cousteau discovered the extent and beauty of Palancar, the coral reefs at the south of Cozumel and publicized it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world.

Scuba diving is still Cozumel's primary draw, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities. These coral reefs are protected from the open ocean by the island's natural geography. In 1996, the government of Mexico also established the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, forbidding anyone from touching or removing any marine life within the park boundaries.

Cozumel (l’ile des Hirondelles) est une ile de la mer des Caraïbes de la côte est du Mexique, sur la péninsule du Yucatan, situé en face de la ville de Playa del Carmen. C’est l’une des huit municipalités de l’état du Quintana Roo. Cozumel est une destination touristique, renommée pour ses sites de plongée. La principales ville de l’ile est San Miguel de Cozumel.

En 1959, Jacques Couteau a découvert la beauté du site Palancar, l’un des récifs situé au sud de l’ile, et l’a désigné comme l’un des plus beaux site de plongée au monde.

La plongée reste l’une des activités de base pour l’ile, si l’on considère la vitalité de la vie aquatique. Les récifs de coraux sont protégés de l’océan par l’ile, ce qui assure leur pérennité. En 1996, le gouvernement Mexicain, a créé le parc marin «Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park» interdisant de toucher ou de prélever tout objet de vie marine des limites du parc.

English (Translate this text in English): Cozumel (Island of the Swallows) is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. It is one of the eight municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.

In 1959, Jacques Cousteau discovered the extent and beauty of Palancar, the coral reefs at the south of Cozumel and publicized it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world.

Scuba diving is still Cozumel's primary draw, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities. These coral reefs are protected from the open ocean by the island's natural geography. In 1996, the government of Mexico also established the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, forbidding anyone from touching or removing any marine life within the park boundaries.

English (Translate this text in English): Cozumel (Island of the Swallows) is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. It is one of the eight municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.

In 1959, Jacques Cousteau discovered the extent and beauty of Palancar, the coral reefs at the south of Cozumel and publicized it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world.

Scuba diving is still Cozumel's primary draw, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities. These coral reefs are protected from the open ocean by the island's natural geography. In 1996, the government of Mexico also established the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, forbidding anyone from touching or removing any marine life within the park boundaries.

English (Translate this text in English): Cozumel (Island of the Swallows) is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. It is one of the eight municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.

In 1959, Jacques Cousteau discovered the extent and beauty of Palancar, the coral reefs at the south of Cozumel and publicized it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world.

Scuba diving is still Cozumel's primary draw, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities. These coral reefs are protected from the open ocean by the island's natural geography. In 1996, the government of Mexico also established the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, forbidding anyone from touching or removing any marine life within the park boundaries.

English (Translate this text in English): Cozumel (Island of the Swallows) is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, opposite Playa del Carmen. It is one of the eight municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo. Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.

In 1959, Jacques Cousteau discovered the extent and beauty of Palancar, the coral reefs at the south of Cozumel and publicized it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world.

Scuba diving is still Cozumel's primary draw, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities. These coral reefs are protected from the open ocean by the island's natural geography. In 1996, the government of Mexico also established the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, forbidding anyone from touching or removing any marine life within the park boundaries.

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Climate                    
Air temp. 23°C
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81°F
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84°F
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82°F
27°C
81°F
25°C
77°F
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Water temp. 25°C
77°F
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79°F
26°C
79°F
27°C
81°F
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81°F
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81°F
28°C
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28°C
82°F
27°C
81°F
26°C
79°F
25°C
77°F
25°C
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Dive sites (31)
Quality Avg depth Max depth Experience Dive type
Barracuda Point - / -
30 m 35 m CMAS *** / Rescue
C-53 Xicotencatl 16 / -
17.0 m 24.4 m CMAS ** / AOW
Chankanaab Bolones 2 / -
19.8 m 24.4 m CMAS * / OW
Columbia Deep 6 / -
27 m 50 m CMAS *** / Rescue
Columbia Reef 11 / -
10.0 m 27.0 m All divers
Cordona Reef - / -
6.1 m 15.2 m CMAS * / OW
Cozumel plane wreck 1 / -
20 m 40 m All divers
Exectamente - / -
10 m 20 m All divers
La Francesa 3 / -
18 m 18 m CMAS * / OW
Las Palmas Shallows - / -
16.8 m 30.5 m All divers
Money Bar 1 / -
2 m 6 m All divers
Palancar Bricks 1 / -
15.2 m 24.7 m CMAS * / OW
Palancar Caves - / -
13.7 m 28 m CMAS ** / AOW
Palancar Deep 23 / -
16.8 m 100 m All divers
Palancar Gardens 1 / -
15.2 m 21.3 m All divers
Palancar Horseshoe 3 / -
13 m 27 m CMAS * / OW
Paraiso Bajo 8 / -
9.1 m 15.2 m All divers
Paso del Cedral 2 / -
13 m 25 m CMAS * / OW
Playa Corona - / 1
3 m 20 m All divers
Punta Dalila 5 / -
13 m 20 m All divers
Punta Sur 2 / -
28.0 m 40.0 m CMAS ** / AOW
Punta Sur - Devil's Throat 6 / -
27.4 m 39.6 m CMAS ** / AOW
Punta Tunich 3 / -
15.2 m 39.6 m CMAS * / OW
San Clemente reef 5 / -
15 m 25 m CMAS * / OW
San Francisco 25 / -
18.3 m 50 m CMAS ** / AOW
San Juan - / -
25 m 35 m CMAS ** / AOW
Santa Rosa Reef 3 / -
11 m 15.5 m CMAS * / OW
Santa Rosa Wall 13 / 1
21.3 m 61 m All divers
Tormentos Reef 3 / -
10.0 m 20.0 m All divers
Villa Blanca - / -
12 m 33 m CMAS * / OW
Yucab Reef 13 / -
12.2 m 19 m All divers

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Punta Tunich
Per brighteye70
jun 24, 2019
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Punta Dalila
Per brighteye70
jun 23, 2019
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Palancar Bricks
Per brighteye70
jun 23, 2019
200 Anniversary dive -
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Palancar Gardens
Per tbarlow
mar 22, 2018
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Trip: Mexco 2019
By brighteye70
From Jun 22, 2019 to Jul 6, 2019

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Trip: 2018 Allegro Cozumel, QR, Mexico
By tbarlow
From Mar 16, 2018 to Mar 23, 2018

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Trip: 2017 Grand Sunset Princess, QR, Mexico
By tbarlow
From Oct 6, 2017 to Oct 13, 2017

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Trip: Cozumel 2013
By Robert Ouellet
From Jul 13, 2013 to Jul 20, 2013
Projet de dernière minute, on pars samedi, sur une décision prise mercredi.  On change d'hotel, et de Dive Center.
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Trip: Mexico 2010
By eritland
From Nov 21, 2010 to Nov 27, 2010
Family trip to the Mayan Riviera.  Stayed at the Dreams Puerto Adventura.
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By Anonymous , 06-06-2008

- Almost all of the diving here is done through chartered boats from companies on Cozumel island. There are many good companies around. I used Deep Blue. I would recommend finding small, fast boat types of operations.

There are so many wonderful reefs along the southwestern side of Cozumel. I just returned from a weeklong trip there, and I saw everything from sea turtles to sting rays, nurse sharks and black tip reef sharks, and octopi and crabs on a night dive. It was fantastic! The drift diving is such a relaxing and carefree way to dive.

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