The all-inclusive Cozumel Palace is the ultimate destination for scuba diving on the island’s magnificent Palancar coral reef, the second largest reef in the world. Divers will find everything they need to explore the island's amazing reef at the Cozumel Palace dive shop, operated by Aqua Safari. Enjoy two tank dives using your $1500 resort credit!
The reefs surrounding Cozumel’s shores include some of the largest and oldest corals in the world, remaining in relative obscurity until 1961, when a TV documentary produced by a young oceanographer named Jacques Cousteau brought the Palancar Reef to the forefront of the diving world. Since then, scuba diving has flourished in Cozumel, boasting a variety of dive environments including dramatic depths, inspiring underwater cliffs, intriguing caverns and idyllic shallow reefs. Combine all this with the island’s long tradition of gracious hospitality and it is not be surprising that Cozumel is considered the dive capital of the western hemisphere.
Geology greatly contributed to Cozumel’s uniqueness since the island protects the reefs from the powerful open ocean waves crashing on its eastern side. This reverse-barrier reef system and the gentle current from the Gulf Stream provide Cozumel with unmatched clear waters and ideal conditions for diving in a distinctive ecosystem.
Aqua Safari, a 5 Star Padi Dive Center with more than 46 years experience in the scuba diving business, has partnered with Palace Resorts to offer the best scuba diving experience. Educational programs include "Discover Scuba Program" for beginners and for advanced divers the "Rescue Diver", "Master Scuba Diver" and "Dive Master Trainer" programs, just to name a few.
The hardest part of scuba diving in Cozumel is deciding which reefs to leave out until your next visit! Recreational scuba divers will be amazed by the incredible visibility and extensive variety of flora and fauna found on many of the shallow reefs. Experienced divers will get a thrill from diving the in the clear abyss at Palancar, Colombia and Santa Rosa reefs, among many others. Watch in particular for the black coral, considered extinct until Jacques Cousteau found it on Palacar. Take a peek over the wall plunging 3,000 feet towards deep blue shadows below.
For more information about programs and dives visit: www.aquasafari.com