When you plan to go diving Cozumel you should prepare yourself for some great drift dives. Cozumel, a stunning island off the coast of Mexico, close to Cancun, is a world renowned site for divers with a whole lot to offer. The main thing that Cozumel is known for is drift diving.
With its combination of great visibility, still waters and strong currents allowing divers to experience drift diving at its best. Whether you’re an experienced diver, a beginner, looking to add drift diving to your skill set.
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5 amazing drift dives to try when diving Cozumel
1. Santa Rosa Wall
Many divers come back from Cozumel unable to stop talking about the Santa Rosa Wall, and for good reason. While it is one of the deeper dive sites you’ll you probably do when diving Cozumel, it is worth getting down there to see the fantastic coral formations, vast sponges, and of course the incredible marine life. You can see sea turtles, huge groupers, and majestic eagle rays gliding through the waters here.
2. Punta Tunich
Punta Tunich is another great site to take in when diving Cozumel. With coral ridges rising up from the sandy base which is at 70 feet, you’ll see schools of grunt and snapper, as well as large sea fans, bright, beautiful sponges and intricate corals. This is a great drift dive where you can cruise along the reef seeing all the vibrant life going on around you.
3. Palancar Reef
Planacar Reef offers a three mile stretch of reef, and is a drift dive suitable even for the beginning scuba diver. If you are diving Cozumel as a newly qualified diver and want an experience that lets you use the skills you learned on your Open Water course, Palancar reef is easy yet rewarding, with its hugely diverse sea life population and coral formations.
The gentle currents in the otherwise calm and temperate water allow you to drift comfortably as you enjoy the surrounding world of colourful fish, sponges, coral and sea fans. This is also a really good dive if you are diving Cozumel with the intention of capturing some great underwater photographs.Planning a scuba trip? Then you should download the ultimate scuba dive checklist just like 5000+ other divers already so you will not forget to bring anything.4. Columbia Wall
The Columbia wall is another must do dive when diving Cozumel. It is a vast and intricate reef environment which offers all kinds of nooks, crannies, caves and tunnels, as well as lots of beautiful views into the open water. One thing that really sets this dive apart is the huge coral pillars, and you can expect to see fascinating creatures like surgeon fish (also known as blue tang) barracudas, hawskbill turtles, and if you are lucky the splendid toadfish..
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5. Paradise Beach
If you like shore diving then Paradise Beach is one of the best places to do this when you’re diving Cozumel. The warm, shallow waters are teeming with angel fish and other exotic species, making this the perfect spot for beginners, as well as a fun recreational dive for just about anyone else. This is also a good site for snorkelling when you’re between dives.
I am sure we missed a dive site or 2.
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