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SCUBA, Isla Cozumel: 19 reviews and 31 photos
The reef in Cozumel is an extension of the one in Belize which is called the Great Maya Barrier Reef. The reef extends from the Northern Yucatan to Honduras and is the second largest in the world. Cozumel's section is almost 20 miles long. It is the primary reason that I, at any rate, would go to Cozumel. The reef is much more colorful than the one in Belize.
Most of the diving is drift diving - it is the Giana Current which flushes out the reef and makes for excellent visibility (100 feet plus) and ideal conditions for coral growth. Drift diving is a little like rafting or tubing down a river, except you are under water. The dive boat follows your bubbles so that they are there when you surface to pick you up.
There are 30 charted reefs and countless sites. There are walls from 30 to 140 feet. There are pinnacles and caves, and small even coral gardens for beginner divers.
Be Warned: Spear-fishing, touching the coral and the taking of marine life will get you booted from the park if you're caught.
Directions: Off the southern leeward coast.
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