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If you are going to scuba dive in Cozumel in the beautiful Caribbean reefs YOU MUST take a day trip to the mainland, Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya.  Its only a 35 minute ferry ride from Cozumel to Playa Del Carmen.  You will do this because you want to experience the most amazing cenotes, cavern dives.  You will not forget this experience in your lifetime !

map of cozumel and ferry to playa del carmenThis diving area on the mainland just across the water,  is often overlooked by divers going to Cozumel.  The biggest misconception is that you need a special certificate. All you need is an open water certification to experience the pristine cenotes / caverns .

The word "Cenote" is pronounced, say-no-tay and is derived from  the Mayan word, "Dzonot" which means sacred well. A combination of  various geological events and  climate changes created an incredible and unique ecosystem in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

These are the guidelines that are to be followed for a Cavern dive.

Limits:Dos Ojos Cenote cavern cave Entrance Riviera Maya just 40 minutes from playa

  • Open Water Certification Needed
  • No decompression.
  • Penetration: max. 200 feet (60m) from an opening.
  • Depth max. 70 feet   (21m).
  • Minimum visibility of 40 feet (12.5 m).
  • Large with no restrictions.
  • Area with ceiling and some visible light.
  • Maximum 4 divers per Guide.

Cave diving exceeds all of the above cavern diving limitations. Cave certification is required to go beyond the cavern limits.  Guided trips to the caves can be arranged if you have the proper certification.

We have hand picked the top dive instructors and guides from various dive facilities in this area.  They all specialize in cavern diving, cave diving, technical diving or ocean diving.

Check out our Hotel selection in Cozumel: hotel page

* Rates shown in this list are the hotels' most economical of the year. Rates per person per night double occupancy. Taxes not included.


Casa del Mar Cozumel Cozumel Beach $40  
Casa Mexicana Cozumel Beach $40  
Coral Princess Hotel & Resort Cozumel Beach $38  
El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel Beach $44  
El Cozumeleņo Beach Resort Cozumel Beach $84  
Hotel Cozumel & Resort Cozumel Beach $40  
Iberostar Cozumel Cozumel Beach $117  
Melia Cozumel Cozumel Beach $81  
Occidental Allegro Cozumel Cozumel Beach $83  
Occidental Grand Cozumel Cozumel Beach $101  
Park Royal Cozumel Cozumel Beach $60  
Playa Azul Golf and Beach Cozumel Beach $68  
Reef Club Cozumel Cozumel Beach $63  
Sol Cabaņas del Caribe Cozumel Beach $36  
Suites Bahia Cozumel Downtown $23  
Suites Colonial Cozumel Downtown $23  
Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel Cozumel Beach $22  


Ferry Schedule from Cozumel to Playa and Back
Cost of a two way ticket 180 Pesos Approximately $18 USD
The ride over is about 35 minutes. Times may change without notice.

Cozumel to Playa del Carmen Playa Del Carmen to Cozumel
5:00 am 6:00 am
7:00 am 8:00 am
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12:00 pm 1:00 pm
2:00 pm 3:00 pm
4:00 pm 5:00 pm
5:00 pm 6:00 pm
6:00 pm 7:00 pm
8:00 pm 9:00 pm
10:00 pm 11:00 pm


If you are staying in Playa del Carmen please
visit our main web site Diving Playa Del Carmen 

For Hotels visit Hotels Playa del Carmen and
for transportation visit Transportation Riviera Maya







seamonkey business the place to get info in the riviera maya