Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Cozumel

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Aldora Divers. Aldora Divers offers reef dives on fast boats and accommodations in Villa Aldora, a 12-bedroom inn just north of town. They also have trips to pristine dive sites and shipwrecks off the windward coast. Calle 5 Sur, between Av. Rafael Melgar and Av. 5, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872-3397; 210/569-1203 in U.S. www.aldora.com.

Aqua Safari. One of the island's oldest and most professional shops, Aqua Safari provides beginning and advanced PADI certification and daily introductory scuba courses. Owner Bill Horn has long been involved in efforts to protect the reefs and stays on top of local environmental issues. Av. Rafael E. Melgar 429, between calles 5 and 7 Sur, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–0101. aquasafari.com.

Aquatic Sports and Excursions Cozumel. Sergio Sandoval gets rave reviews from his clients, many who are repeat customers. In addition to the usual excursions, he'll take you out for wreck dives, underwater photo safaris, or to hunt invasive lionfish. He also charters his boat for full- and half-day sport fishing trips. Two-tank dives run $75. Carretera Sur, Km 6.5, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/112-5002; 987/111-1172 mobile. cozumeldivingwithsergio.com.

Blue Angel. Blue Angel offers combo dive and snorkel trips so families who don't all scuba can still have fun together. Along with dive trips to local reefs, they offer PADI courses. Two-tank dives run $79 plus tax. Carretera Sur, Km 2.2, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–1631. www.blueangelresort.com.

Del Mar Aquatics. Del Mar Aquatics, in operation since 1987, offers PADI and DAN certified dive trips, certification courses, and fishing trips. Casa Del Mar Hotel, Carretera Sur Km 4, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–5949. delmaraquatics.com.

Eagle Ray Divers. Eagle Ray Divers offers snorkeling trips and dive instruction. (The three-reef snorkel trip lets non-divers explore beyond the shore.) As befits their name, the company keeps track of the eagle rays that appear off Cozumel from December to February and runs trips for advanced divers to walls where the rays congregate. Beginners can also see rays around some of the reefs. La Caleta Marina, near the Presidente InterContinental hotel, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–5735; 866/465–1616 in U.S. www.eagleraydivers.com.

Fury Catamarans. Fury Catamarans runs snorkeling tours from its 45-foot catamarans. Rates begin at about $59 per day and include equipment and a guide, soft drinks, beer, margaritas, and a beach party with lunch. Carretera Sur, Km 3.5, beside Casa del Mar Hotel, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–5145. www.furycozumel.com.

Scuba Du. Dive magazines regularly rate Scuba Du among the best dive shops in the Caribbean, though it's one of the more expensive in Cozumel (two-tank dives are $89). Along with the requisite Cozumel dives, the company offers night dives and an advanced trip to walls off Punta Sur, as well as snorkeling and fishing trips. The Presidente InterContinental Hotel offers dive packages including lodging for guests. Presidente InterContinental hotel, Carretera Sur, Km 6, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–9500 Ext. 6855; 310/684–5556 from the U.S. www.scubadu.com.

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