Cozumel is probably the single most popular dive destination in the World! It is easily accessible and offers spectacular diving. Cozumel has done a remarkable job of growing and keeping up with the high demand of travelers. What used to be a sleepy little island has become a mecca for divers and travelers.
You will find small hotels with local flavor as well as huge resorts with all-out entertainment and activity programs. There hotels in town and walking distance to town as well as resorts on the far end of the island that used to be nothing but white sand and iguanas! There are many dive shops to cater to every need of every diver. They offer large boats for the more social diver and small boats for the more focused diver!
Cozumel is part of the Great Maya Barrier Reef, a system that extends from the Northern Yucatan to Honduras and is the second largest in the world. The island's 32-km long reef system is located off the island's southern leeward coast.
Cozumel owes it's great visibility to the steady, strong current that constantly flushes the water to create 100' plus vis and creates ideal conditions for coral and sponge growth. Add to that the 1980 ban on fishing that has allowed reef fish to thrive on the waters around Cozumel and you have a spectacular dive destination!
In 1996 the Mexican government designated the area from Paradise Reef south as a National Marine Park. In the years since, island dive operators have worked closely with the government to protect this invaluable international resource. As a result, there are currently limits on the number of boats and scuba dive operators allowed on the reefs and each diver must pay a $2.00 per day park entrance fee which goes towards enforcing the rules.