Board any dive boat in Isla Cozumel and you'll likely find yourself in the company of dive clubs or families making their second, third or maybe even 10th trip to this island in the Mexican Caribbean.
Ask why, and you'll probably hear many answers. Some will cite the fact that San Miguel (Cozumel's only town) is blessed with an abundance of night spots and great restaurants. Some will note that the shore-based activities from Chankanaab National Park to the Maya ruins to the Sunday evening dance in the town square offer a great vacation for divers of all ages. And for extra exploration, the Yucatán Peninsula coastline is minutes away by fast ferry. But Cozumel's biggest draw is its drift diving the most effortless form of underwater exploration imaginable. Even the newly certifiable are often astounded by the long bottom times achievable when the entire dive is one long, majestic glide past coral-covered walls, or through cavelike coral tunnels and swim-throughs.
Part of Cozumel's magic is the way the dive crews seemingly enjoy the trips as much as their divers putting ashore during surface intervals so everyone can enjoy coconuts off the tree and often taking requests for the day's destination. It all adds up to an atmosphere that makes you want to come back for more which may explain why so very many do.
Average Water Temp: 77-82°F
What to Wear: 3-5 mm fullsuit
Average Viz: 100 feet
When to Go: Year-round