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One of my favorite things that we have ever done as a couple was to go scuba diving in Cozumel. It was everything that I wanted it to be and it was the perfect scuba diving experience. If you are looking to scuba dive somewhere amazing, I recommend Cozumel.
To give you a little background on Cozumel, it’s a tiny “Island of the Swallows” off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is barely 30 by 10 miles. Despite it’s small size, Cozumel has become a popular scuba diving destination due to its towering coral formations, warm water, great underwater visibility, and beautiful beaches.
Most of the dives are in the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, which contains the second largest barrier reef system in the world, the Meso-American reef system. The park is home to more than 500 fish species and 26 types of corals with more than 100 subspecies. The water is super clear with visibility from 80-100 feet and it is really warm with a temperature that averages from 77-85℉, my kind of water.
The weather in Cozumel is a fabulous subtropical climate with an average temperature of 85℉, that’s the average! And when you are scuba diving you might see toadfish, eagle rays, grunts, snappers, angelfish, parrotfish, moray eels, groupers, hawksbill turtles, trumpet fish, wrasse, hogfish, spotted drum fish, amberhacks, lobster, octopus, crab, and even long snout seahorses.
While in Cozumel, Tye and I did four dives on two separate days. Our resort had a dive team onsite so it was easy to schedule our dives and even easier to meet the boat at the end of our resort’s dock at the start of each dive day. The dive team and the other divers were friendly and we quickly fell into easy conversation with everyone aboard the boat as we cruised off to our destination. One of the other couples spent 1-2 months in Cozumel every year and did a lot of diving. They also had one of those super expensive underwater cameras and knew a lot about the area. They gave us a lot of great tips aboard the boat and were quick to point out the coolest sea life once we were underwater.
The dives themselves were amazing. The water was so warm that I almost felt silly wearing a wet suit…almost. And there was also a current where we dove so that we would easily drift along as we explored the reef and ocean floor below. This made the dive almost effortless.
Tye and I had so much fun swimming around and seeing all of the colorful fish. Tye used the GoPro to take video and pictures of our dive so that we could document our trip. GoPros are an adventurer’s best friend. They are relatively inexpensive but they can go anywhere and take a massive beating. And we definitely loved shooting the ocean floor with our GoPro on this trip.
One of my favorite parts of the dives was the amazing array of colors. The reef itself was so beautiful and strangely different from anything you see on land. It almost looks as if you were dropped on an alien planet full of pinks and oranges and yellows and greens.
One of my least favorite parts of the dives were the groupers. Groupers are not like normal fish. They aren’t afraid of you and will swim right up to you, even if you wave your arms at them in a pathetic effort to shoo them away. And this scared me. I’m a big fan of sea life, as long as it stays away from me.
On our final dive we were able to see one of the tourist submarines as it toured the deep. It was a really cool experience and, unfortunately, one we didn’t even get a picture or video of. I blame Tye for that. (See more pictures from our dives.)
I think I love scuba diving so much because it lets you explore a hidden world, one that not everyone gets to see. And I love that Tye and I can do it together. It gives us a fantastic, shared experience that we can talk about for years. It helps us create amazing memories and it really strengthens our marriage. For that alone, scuba diving is worth every penny.
Speaking of pennies, if you are looking to get into scuba and need some gear, here are a few of the things that we have bought.