Don’t dive in Cozumel

Cozumel Diving

There's this little island. It belongs to Mexico and some of you might have heard about it. Many cruise ships (eewwww!) stop here. Others may know it because the diving is supposed to be “oh so spectacular”. Here is why you should never, and I mean never ever, dive in Cozumel:

The reefs are ugly and there are hardly any fish left in the sea

Turtles, colourful corals, two meter long moraines, poriferans, fish in the brightest colours, sharks, underwater arches and caves in stunning coral gardens, an ocean so warm you think you're taking a bath in your bathtub and 26-33°C air temperature…. All of this you can see every day, every dive. Who could relax in those conditions?! Who would want to see this underwater world? Who would want to feel like being part of a National Geographic documentary…

Cozumel Diving

It is dirt cheap

You'd think diving in this underwater paradise is super expensive. Eh nope. A dive day, including 2 dives, costs a little more than USD 100,–. Most companies also provide water, snacks and fresh fruit during the surface interval. Ugh!

People are too friendly

Everyone is super helpful, scuba tanks are on the boat already, the equipment is assembled for you, the dive brief is very detailed and the dive masters are easy going and fun to be around. Since when is diving supposed to be fun?!

It is way too dangerous

It doesn't matter how good you are with making your air last as long as possible, you'll always want to spend more time in this fantastic underwater world. Only 55 minutes? 500 minutes would be more like it!

Cozumel Diving

You will want to be someone else

What would it be like to live down here? Be it as a fish or a mermaid. Living on land will never be the same again. You won't be able to stop daydreaming about your underwater life and wish to have gills to be able to live in the waters around Cozumel forever.

You will want to quit your 9 to 5

You will start to research more and more about how to spend as much time as possible underwater. You'll start with the divemaster course and soon the idea of being a dive master yourself will be stuck in your head.  Sunkissed skin, a laid back outlook on life and definitely much more fun than a 9 to 5 – but who would want that anyway?!

Cozumel Diving

It is addictive

Diving in general, is pretty risky: the biggest risk is the addiction. First, you start off with your open water course. You laugh at all those crazy dive veterans completely addicted to spending time in the water. Their life is built around diving. Nothing else seems to be more important. But after completing your first course, you will slowly start to understand. Where is the next support group?!

Why you should never dive in Cozumel

This is really easy to answer: after diving in Cozumel, you will never find a better place to dive again. You will compare other dive sites to Cozumel and they won't stand a chance. Even the Great Barrier Reef is nowhere as good a diving spot as this magical underwater world. I know what I am talking about, I went diving in Australia last year.

Nothing else will matter anymore

So, will you dare to dive in Cozumel? Yes? Then be sure to dive with  Blue Magic Scuba. I have been diving with them for years and not once did I want to get out of the water after a successful dive!



  • Ha ha sounds terrible! Cozumel sounds like a brilliant place to dive. Living in Fiji has been AMAZING for diving, with 30 deg water temperatures (no wetsuits needed!) but I know there are also some incredible other places in the world we are yet to dive. Lovely underwater photos by the way.

  • Brilliant post. I love your writing style. I’ve been to Cozumel, and have a open water cert, but didn’t dive! I feel a bit of an idiot now.
    We did the Great Barrier Reef last year and have to agree Cozumel looks better from your pictures.

  • Cozumel looks so inviting, I am sure no would want to dive anywhere else. The fascinating underwater world with its mesmerizing secrets and colours is sure to draw people to its fold like a magnet. Would love to dive into the inviting waters and get close to this fascinating world under the water.

  • Noted for a future use! I just missed a little bit more info about its exact location, never heard about Cozumel before. Is it also a cheap place for the PADI certificate? I did not finish mine in Indonesia plus after 3 years without diving I will have to renew everything . . Thanks

    • It’s located one hour by car and 20mins by ferry from Cancun 😉
      Prices vary, last time I checked with them, the Open Water Certificate was around 400USD including all five dives and pool sessions and equipment!

  • Hi Viki, It is amazing Mexican Island in the Caribbean Sea and lovely post! Otherwise, we would like to invite you for. Try dive in Komodo National Park of Indonesia and put another great post here.

  • A lot of truth to what you say and not so much tongue in cheek as one might expect. Been diving there twice a year since 1985 and all I can say is the cruise ships have destroyed the entire island (working their magic from the shops downtown all the way across the island to ATV’s destruction of the dunes), the bad divers with their reef stripping fins have flattened all but a few of the previous free standing coral and sponges, and even mother nature has taken a toll with Gilbert, later Wilma and other horrible hurricanes. And if that weren’t enough, the fishing industry as well as man’s many pollutants have depleted the underwater wildlife. But still in its raped condition it’s a lot better than most, at least as a nearby diving destination. Glad you enjoyed your time there. (Note: Be sure to stock up on the duty free perfume and jewelry – a great bargain LOL.)

  • Dear… For you to be a SCUBA diver, with an apparent experience… Why would you say OXYGEN instead of AIR, which as you already know is technically and practically true to say.

    I like your writing, I enjoyed that.

    • Dear Pacho!
      Thanks for the hint 😉 Of course you are right – we don’t breathe pure oxygen in recreational diving 😉

  • Did dive in Cozumel today. Was really disappointed after diving in Indonesia and Philippines. Fish life was nothing compared to them and also the reef is way more colorful there.

  • Cool article, your headline definitely caught my attention. I’ll have to check this island out when we head to the east side of Mexico. I am curious to see how it compares with diving in Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia and the Philippines. So far I have been a little disappointed with the dive sites in Central America in comparison to SEA. But, people are pretty enthusiastic about the carribean coast of Mexico so i’m sure we’ll get some nice dives!

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