Known the world over for its incredible diving, Cozumel’s reefs offer something for novice divers as well as those who are advanced. Generally speaking, the dive sites on the northern part of the island are more appropriate for advanced divers due to the fact that the currents are much stronger and faster. Regardless of the site, the currents are always moving making for fantastic drift diving! Photographers will find themselves shooting videos and stills to their heart’s content.
The coral reefs vary from site to site. Several have beautiful sea fans and sponges, At the northern sites, there is red seaweed, and to the south, divers will be delighted by the bright orange tube sponges. Every color of the spectrum can be found in the waters of Cozumel!
There is such a breathtaking array of marine life in Cozumel that there is no way to cover it all here. You will just have to see it for yourself to believe! But to give you an idea, you can see splendid toadfish, frog fish, angelfish, parrotfish, grouper, lionfish, brittle starfish, Eagle Rays, nurse sharks, sea turtles, green moray eels, and seahorses. And who can forget the smallest of them all, the nudibranchs!
Over the years, the spectacular reefs of Cozumel have suffered damage, including bleaching. A number of factors have contributed to this situation: divers wearing sunscreen that is not reef safe, divers touching coral, and the inevitable damage caused by the presence of cruise ships.
Covid actually benefitted our reefs! With no cruise ships since March 2020, we have seen recovery begin. But the ships will inevitably return, most likely in early 2021. The other thing that has contributed to the recovery of the reefs of Cozumel is a schedule of reef closures instituted by the government. As you can see in the graphic, rotating through the various reefs, each site is closed to all activity for a period of 2 months. Time will tell if these measures have a long-term impact on the health of our beautiful reefs.
Our most profound gratitude goes out to Cat D. Nickell for her generosity in allowing us to share with you her beautiful underwater photography.