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Cozumel

Considered one of the five best dive sites internationally, there are 40 dive zones with depths ranging from 3 to 40 meters (10-131 feet), and amazing wall reefs descending to great depths

The Cozumel island is 45 km (28 miles) long and 14.5 km (9 miles) wide. The diving in Cozumel is comprised of nearly 50 sites and is the second largest barrier reef in the world. The southern end of the island has been a marine park for more than 20 years, and the reef here is in particularly good health with 105 different types of coral and over 260 species of fish.

Palancar Reef
Palancar has been a marine park since 1996. It is a large pristine reef stretching more than 5 kilometers (3 miles). Its biodiversity of marine life and corals is quite spectacular. Palancar Shallows rises to around 5 meters (16 feet) and then it drops down to about 18 meters (59 feet) and its is interrupted with many fissures and caves.

Black corals, huge stovepipe sponges and brightly coloured yellow tube sponges are protruding from the reef. In the deeper section of the reef beautiful large gorgonian fans flow in the current. The reef slopes outward and forms buttresses, gulleys, caves and canyons. Hawksbill turtles, green and spotted moray eels, eagle rays, angelfish, filefish, damselfish, butterflyfish, giant anemones, toadfish and many other species can be spotted here.

Punta Sur
Punta Sur is characterized by an impressive deep wall on the southern end of the island, reaching down to 50 meters (165ft). The southern par of the reef offers many swim-throughs and caves, and a very large cavern called the “Cathedral”. The northern area of Punta Sur features the “Devil’s Throat”, a narrow tunnel lined with red sponges, located inside this area´s largest coral mound. There is not marine life to be seen at this spot, but the overall experience of Devil’s Throat is quite magical.

Depth m/ft

10-40/33-131

Visibility m/ft

24-30/79-98

Water Temperature C/F

25-29/77-85

Soft corals on Cozumel (photo by Goran Lindmark)
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Anemones on Cozumel (photo by Bonnie Conley)
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Vase corals on Cozumel (photo by Goran Lindmark)
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Porcupine fish on Cozumel (photo by Vlad Tchompalov)
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