Underwater Photography in Cozumel

Updated: Dec 6, 2019

About Cozumel

Pretty beaches, quaint Mexican villages and ancient Mayan ruins, make the island of Cozumel one of the most-loved tourist destinations on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. Despite being only 30 miles (48 kilometers) long and 10 miles (16 kilometers) wide, this tropical paradise is actually the nation’s biggest Caribbean island. Crystal-clear waters surround Cozumel, beneath which lies a spectacular reef system that presents some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Mexico.

Maya groups settled on Cozumel some 2,000 years ago and developed important sea trade routes throughout Central America. Pilgrims also came from across the Mayan world to worship a shrine dedicated to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility. From 1518, Spanish explorers battled with the Mayas for control of the island; however, it was all but abandoned by the turn of the century. Fast forward to 1961 and French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau landed on an island home to flourishing fishing communities. Cousteau declared the waters as some of the most enchanting on the planet and by doing so gave birth to diving in Cozumel.

Scuba Diving in Cozumel