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Scuba Diving Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Including Cancun, Mayan Coast, Akumal, and the rest of the Yucatan and Mexican Caribbean

Diving Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan Overview

Diving Cozumel and the Yucatan peninsula attracts thousands of divers yearly. Many operators cater to experienced, savvy divers -- but some load boats with all comers. Much of Cozumel's diving is deep or drift dives. Carry surface-signaling devices (strobe, safety sausage, etc.). The best Cozumel diving is in spring and summer. It can be rainy during the winter. Accommodations range from small, inexpensive downtown hotels to diver hangouts to high dollar hotels. There’s a lot of partying, thanks to an overload of cruise ship passengers . Many divers take day trips to the mainland to dive the freshwater cenotes -- diving in a cenote can give you a new standard of visibility. For diving along the Yucatan coast, there are dive operations from Cancun south, but the diving is mainly patch reef diving. Isla Mujeres, off Cancun, has some decent reef diving and a drift or two. Whale sharks spend several summer weeks northwest of Cancun, near the island of Holbox, where one can just about be guaranteed to snorkel with scores of the behemoths. See Undercurrent, October 2004, for a review of this new discovery.

Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan Seasonal Dive Planner

Cozumel enjoys a fairly constant temperature of 80°, but it rises into the 90s during July and August, which are also rainy months. During these months, it can get hot and humid if you venture away from the sea breeze or don't have an air-conditioned room. The rainy season runs from June through October (which is also hurricane season). Rainfall doesn't affect water visibility, as there is very little run-off. Cozumel is blessed with great visibility because of its strong currents. Cold fronts blowing down from the north can make temperatures fall during the coldest winter months, but Cozumel, because of its size and proximity to the mainland, is usually less affected than most Caribbean islands. Water temperatures vary from upper 70s to low 80s.

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Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Aldora Divers Review melia cozumel Henry Goichman 2014/04
Aquanauts Review Villa Del Mar Condo Puerto Aventuras David Cutler 2014/04
Living Underwater Review Cozumel Palace [N/A] Steven Skiba 2014/02
Living Underwater Review Blue Angel Cozumel Shanna Davidson 2014/02
Chili Charters Review Palmar Condominiums [N/A] Len Sisk 2014/01
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Diving Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan Articles - Land Based

Yucatek Divers, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, whale sharks, cenotes and reefs on demand, 9/13
Where Do Whale Sharks Spend the Winter?, 9/13
An Alternative Whale Shark Dive, 9/13
Bonaire, Cozumel, St. Vincent…, legendary guide retires, dive shop disputes, and more, 1/13
Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Fiji, Truk. . ., plus unexpected cold water, and a liveaboard to avoid, 8/12
Bonaire, Maui, Phuket…, Francis Coppola’s five-star resort, a clueless Cozumel divemaster, 6/12
Living Underwater, Cozumel, Mexico Living Underwater, Cozumel, Mexico -- Publicly Available, back to my first love, who still looks fantastic, 4/12
Cozumel, Anguilla, Palau…, plus a shark dive with no sharks, and two resorts to avoid, 4/12
Puerto Morelos, Yucatan, Mexico, decent reefs, great cenotes, 7/11
Cocos, Fiji, Roatan, Yucatan, and why you shouldn’t rely solely on travel agents, 5/11

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Save the Whale Sharks, help them adapt to their new home, 9/10
The Sailfish of Isla Mujeres, 9/09
Florida, California, Bahamas, Philippines…, good U.S. diving, Cozumel’s best gear repairman, and more, 5/09
Diver Car-Rental Scam in Cozumel, 1/08
Costa de Cocos, Xcalak, Mexico, good diving near the Belize border, 8/07
Isla Cozumel, Mexico, recovering nicely from Hurricane Wilma, 7/07
Help With Project Cozumel, 7/07
Slow Versus Fast Boats, 7/07
Post-Hurricane Cozumel, the reefs? well, they're different, 4/06
Holbox Whale Sharks, Bonaire Wild Side, destinations to keep in mind, 2/06
A Good, Safe Operator on Cozumel, 7/05
Valet Diving in Cozumel, — relax and go with the flow, 5/05
In the Realm of Mayan Gods, 5/05
Holbox Island, Quintana Roo, Mexico, some big, big surprises, 10/04
Reports From Readers: Part I, Cozumel’s adult dive operators, Bonaire bummers, 8/04
Cozumel Taxi Mafia Holds Tourists Hostage, 6/04
Cozumel, Q. Roo, East side, west side, all around the island, 3/01
Cozumel For the Serious Diver, A perennial returnee’s view, 2/00
Recommended Cozumel Dive Ops For Advanced Diving, 2/00
Tips for Diving Cozumel, 2/00
Diving Into the Interior of the Yucatan, staying at the Villas DeRosa and diving the cenotés, 7/99
Plantaris: Another Pain, 7/99
Cozumel Ferry Robbed, 7/99
It’s a Pca for my BC, 7/97
Editorial Notebook, Things we’ve learned since the last issue, 7/97
Cozumel Warning: Phony Phones, 7/97
Yucatán: Chinchorro, Bank, Aldora Divers, 10/96
Palau Seaplane, 10/96
Wild Cat Divers and Others in Cozumel, 10/96
Yucatán Diving Tour, 2/96
Endangered Seashores, 1/95
Common Diving Mistakes, 1/95
Barracuda Reef by Dive Light, 5/94
For the Double Standard, 5/94

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan
Including Cancun, Mayan Coast, Akumal, and the rest of the Yucatan and Mexican Caribbean

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.



Coral Reefs of the Caribbean A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding

This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
Order Now at a reduced price of only $16.47.



Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach

Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.



World Atlas of Coral Reefs
by Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious, Edmund P. Green, United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center.

If there is one book that belongs in every traveling diver's library, this is it. The superb World Atlas of Coral Reefs has everything you want to know about the reefs from Costa Rica and Cuba to the Coral Sea and Cayman. The information is specific and up to date. The photos, maps and layout superb. And the price, for this 424 page, full color, hard bound volume, is a steal at $31.50

The Atlas was released in September by the United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center to document and conserve the world's coral reefs. Clearly written with divers in mind, it's an invaluable resource for global travelers. Here's what you'll find.

  • 94 maps, including global maps of biodiversity and reef stresses, regional maps showing 3-D bathymetry and high resolution maps showing reefs, mangroves, population centers, dive centers and protected areas.
  • 280 color photographs, showing reefs, wildlife, people and places, Including 84 photographs taken from space by Shuttle astronauts.
  • Text explaining the formation, structure and ecology of coral reefs; their various uses and abuses at the hands of humans; and the techniques used in coral reef mapping.
  • Detailed texts describing the distribution and status of coral reefs in every country.
  • Data tables listing information on biodiversity, human use, and protected areas. These include statistics on coral reef area, biodiversity, fish consumption, and threats.

For example, you can learn about pollution damage to the reefs at Providenciales and the lack of human impact, as well. Or, where extensive bleaching took place in Honduras 1998. You'll read that Milne Bay in Papua New Guineas has the most extensive reef system in that country and where, in Fiji, the bumphead parrotfish and tridachna clams will not be found, thanks to overfishing. Order now.



Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach

The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. You'll get the best prices Amazon.com has to offer, speedy delivery, and the knowledge that a large hunk of our profit will go to preserve coral reefs.

* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)



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