Cozumel island is a wonderful destination for many reasons, but scuba diving tops the list. And if you’re coming here for the first time and primarily to dive, you’re going to want to know about these popular dive-friendly hotels in Cozumel.
They have lots of local diving history and legions of loyal clients that come back again and again.
Dive hotels in Cozumel are known for quality in-house or nearby dive operators, convenient boat pickup piers, clean and ready rinse tanks, and community and camaraderie among dive-minded guests. The rooms and suites tend to be comfortable and clean, and also set up to allow divers to stow and hang their gear, recharge lights and cameras, and get set for each day of diving.
You could really stay at any hotel, guest house, or luxury resort on the island and still enjoy diving every day.
But the well-known dive hotels in Cozumel that make this roundup list are specifically geared toward our large numbers of fairly hard-core scuba divers, and – importantly – loyal repeat customers.
By “dive hotels”, that is, I’m focused on several local lodgings that have amenities for divers, and provide the accommodations and services that help SCUBA divers and snorkelers get the most out of the island’s best natural resources: the coral reefs and the island community.
The summaries and pros/cons of each one of these cool Cozumel dive hotels should help you choose the one that’s perfect for you and your dive buddies.
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7 Favorite Cozumel Dive-Friendly Hotels (in alphabetical order)
Blue Angel Dive Hotel, Cozumel
The fact that ALL of the Blue Angel’s guest rooms have ocean views and personal balconies should tell you right away how much they value their prized beachfront location in Cozumel, and how much they know their audience: Cozumel scuba diving addicts.
It’s a perfectly nice hotel for anyone, but if you’re a diver, you’ll appreciate the convenience of their on-site dive services, large rinse tanks and drying areas for scuba gear, a convenient dock where you can catch your boat each dive day, and a waterfront pool to refresh some skills, or just relax after you’re back from the boat.
Also, the Blue Angel has easy shore diving right there, steps from your hotel room door.
Sneaking in an extra shore dive couldn’t be easier, and those twilight and night dives from shore will be fun – and much easier to manage.
The Blue Angel is a pretty property with a popular restaurant, frequent live musical entertainment, and situated close to downtown Cozumel, though there are also a handful of new bars and restaurants within walking distance from the hotel.
Be sure to try two favorite outdoor bar/restaurants nearby: the hip Sereno rooftop restaurant, and the Sunset waterfront bar a bit further south for great…well, sunsets! (and a little birdy told me they have the best mojitos, around.)
Blue Angel Cozumel dive hotel reviews summary:
Average reader rating on TripAdvisor: 4.5/5 “Excellent”
Average reader rating on Hotels.com: 9.2/10 “Superb”
The main reason to book here is the set of amenities this hotel has for scuba diving and snorkeling, including the large rinse tanks, easy access to shore diving, and a nice waterfront pool mentioned above.
The Blue Angel’s simple but charming decor comes at a slightly lower price tag than some large, modern resorts.
Its convenient location is just about a mile from downtown, a highly rated restaurant that has lionfish on the menu! (for you divers, you know what that means), and years of Cozumel dive culture and history, make Blue Angel one of the island’s most trusted and iconic hotels for scuba divers, time and time again.
Link to Blue Angel’s website: Click HERE
Casa del Mar Dive Hotel and Resort
Serving a long list of happy and loyal repeat customers for decades, Casa del Mar Dive Hotel and Resort has a treat-you-like-family staff that will make you feel right at home in one of their clean and cute guest rooms, cabanas, or suites.
In fact, the Casa del Mar won Scuba Diving magazine’s 2021 readers’ choice awards for both quality of staff and value of hotel, among the many over the years.
Lots of deck loungers around a clear blue pool and a swim-up bar area make this dive hotel feel like a larger resort while maintaining a close-knit and personal vibe.
They have optional all-inclusive meal plan packages that can include adult beverages (at a very reasonable price), which makes for a great deal if you like to partake in sunset cocktails from their pool deck and footbridge – a great vantage point for photos.
That same footbridge brings you right to the dive shop at Cozumel Marine World, another top-rated dive operation on the island, that shares a long roster of dedicated repeat clients.
Staying here and diving with Cozumel Marine World, or any dive shop of your choice who can come and pick you up at the Casa del Mar pier, couldn’t be easier.
You can also arrange shore dives right from the Casa del Mar pier and follow the house reef to see lots of well-known Cozumel marine life, including juvenile species, various eels, squid, octopus (especially at night), stingrays, eagle rays, and the occasional sea turtle.
*To learn more about our three resident types of turtles, and where you can see them, check out this full guide to Cozumel sea turtles, next.
Shore diving from Casa del Mar is also the ideal entry point to find the iconic underwater statues of both Jacques Cousteau and Sylvia Earle, along with several artificial reef project structures, just north of the hotel pier.
After diving, there are two rinse tanks at the dive shop, as well as an outdoor rinse-off area back at the Casa del Mar pool, allowing you to give yourself and your gear a quick fresh-water rinse and lay it out on the sunny deck for a few hours in preparation for the next day’s dives.
The pool-side wait staff really hustles, and the hotel bartenders are fun and friendly, mixing up your favorites from buckets of ice-cold beer to tropical daiquiris, margaritas, chunky monkeys (chocolate and banana flavored), or whatever else you’re thirsty for that day.
Casa del Mar Dive Hotel in Cozumel reviews summary:
Average reader rating on TripAdvisor: 4.0 “Very Good”
Average reader rating on Hotels.com: 8.8 “Fabulous”
The main reason to book here is the number of heartfelt word-of-mouth reviews!
Repeat guests love the excellent staff, the superb service and cleanliness, the friendly and fun après dive pool and restaurant scene, and the close proximity to the excellent shore diving, and top-rated Cozumel Marine World dive shop literally right across the street.
You might want to consider other hotels if you really want to be right downtown in the heart of it, though most guests find it easy and inexpensive to get short cab rides into town a few times during a week.
It can also be a decent but pleasant walk along the waterfront for approximately 1.5 miles into town, if you like getting some steps in while on vacation.
Link to the Casa del Mar website: Click HERE
Coral Princess Hotel and Dive Resort
The Coral Princess is a larger, slightly more “resorty” resort on the North end of the island.
With a great on-site dive shop and pier access to board your dive boat each day (these details sometimes change here and there – be sure to review up-to-date diving specifics when you book, just to be on the safe side), the Coral Princess hotel in Cozumel is a really nice resort with a few more amenities, like bicycle rentals and a larger fitness room.
Its northern hotel zone location makes it a longer boat ride to the start of the Cozumel marine park dive sites, and you’ll need a rental car or cab rides to head into downtown Cozumel for sightseeing, shopping, and incredible bar and restaurant hopping.
As with the others, though, taxi cabs on the island are safe and plentiful, so that is really a small price to pay if you like the style of this large ocean-front resort that still knows how to cater to divers.
Coral Princess Cozumel reviews summary:
Average reader rating on TripAdvisor: 4.0/5 “Very Good”
Average reader rating on Hotels.com: 8.4/10 “Very Good”
The main reason to book here is for the North-end feel (if you need a primer on Cozumel’s three main hotel zones and their respective vibes read this article, next), slightly more swanky rooms, and a terrific terrace and infinity pool perfect for Cozumel sunsets.
It also may have more activities and on-property things to do for non-divers if you’re coming in a mixed group, though it’s farther from town and generally less walkable than the dive hotels closer to San Miguel, proper.
Link to the Coral Princess website: Click HERE
Cozumel Hotel & Resort by Wyndham
Making the switch to a Wyndham property in 2020 doesn’t seem to have changed the dive-friendly nature of this classic Cozumel hotel property just south of downtown.
The main thing that’s changed is its signature orange color! It’s now white.
But don’t worry fans, the iconic dolphin sculptures are still there, out front.
The Hotel Cozumel Wyndham is a large complex with close to 200 guest rooms, a kids club, and amenities like multiple restaurants and a hair salon.
It’s also known to have the largest swimming pool in Cozumel, albeit not directly on the waterfront side.
People tend to give this dive hotel high marks for value and fun, as well as its location convenient to downtown (it’s very close to the Blue Angel and Scuba Club Cozumel), and fair-to-pretty-good marks on food.
Hotel Cozumel Wyndham reviews summary:
Average reader rating on TripAdvisor: 4.0/5 “Very Good”
Average reader rating on Hotels.com: 8.2/10 “Very Good”
Link to the Hotel Cozumel Wyndham website: Click HERE
Iberostar Cozumel for Divers
The Iberosar Cozumel is not what I think of when I think of old-school Cozumel diving, but it has become a very popular, full-on all-inclusive resort option for scuba divers that really like the big resort experience in Cozumel.
Situated much farther south, the Iberostar is several miles away from downtown San Miguel, but has several restaurants, evening entertainment, and amenities on-site, including a dive operation.
People who love the Iberostar for diving frequently mention that they love the proximity to the southernmost dive sites in the national marine park, and therefore shorter boat trips and the ease of returning to shore in between dives, or after the dive day is over.
There are some on social media who report that the dive boats here are large and can sometimes be overcrowded. Several commenters pointed out that divers are sometimes kept to a specific bottom-time, rather than being allowed to dive their tank.
To be clear, for me, that’s strictly hearsay at this point, as I’ve never had the pleasure to dive from Iberostar.
Just be sure to review your diving expectations (i.e. boats, group sizes, the experience level of the dive guides, etc.) with the hotel’s dive-sales staff when you’re making your decision.
Also, note that other dive operations on the island can come and pick you up at the Iberostar pier if you already have a Cozumel scuba dive shop that you know and love.
The southern resorts sometimes implement small service fees to allow other dive ops to use their docks in this way, but the daily fees are typically small, so it’s usually well worth it if you want to make plans with your own favorite dive masters that you already know and love.
Iberostar Cozumel reviews summary:
Average reader rating on TripAdvisor: 4.0/5 “Very Good”
Average reader rating on Hotels.com: 8.6/10 “Fabulous”
Main reason to book at the Iberostar in Cozumel if you’re coming primarily to dive is that it is so close to the most popular Cozumel dive sites in our nationally protected marine park.
It’s also a good choice if you love the large, all-inclusive resort vacation.
If you like getting out of the hotel and trying local taco joints, people watching, poking around downtown for cool authentic souvenirs, great coffee shops, and a wider variety of awesome local bars and a diverse roster of cool restaurants, then I’d opt for a nice hotel that’s closer to town and more “walkable,” in general.
Link to the Iberostar Cozumel website: Click HERE
Scuba Club Cozumel
Last but definitely not least among the larger dive hotels on this list, the Scuba Club Cozumel is the elder statesman of this group.
This all-oceanfront hotel is truly a diver’s hotel, with everything in place to make your Cozumel scuba trip easy and fun.
From a convenient dive locker area, rinse tanks, drying areas, and a private dock to board one of seven in-house dive boats, everything at Scuba Club Cozumel is set up with hardcore Cozumel diving in mind.
Started in 1976 and continually catering directly to the scuba diving culture and tourism market that put Cozumel on the map, the Scuba Club Cozumel has an old school feel that still makes serious divers right at home.
Some reviewers indicate that this history also has a downside, as the un-fussy guest rooms now show some signs of age.
Scuba Club also has a restaurant, but at the time of this writing it was only serving breakfast and lunch – which is fine, and a great excuse to try out Cozumel’s many many fun and high-quality restaurants in town. Just be prepared and know what to expect.
This iconic Cozumel dive hotel has easily accessible shore diving, and it’s an easy walk or cab ride into town for all the cool cocktails, local artisan shopping, and live music for which downtown Cozumel is famous.
Scuba Club Cozumel reviews summary:
Average reader rating on TripAdvisor: 4.5 “Excellent”
Main reason to book here: Diving, diving, talking about diving, and diving.
Link to the Scuba Club Cozumel website: Click HERE
Tamarindo Guest House
I’ve had my eye on this gorgeous guest house for a couple of years and would recommend it to someone who likes the jewel-box feel of a young and stylish (and recently fully renovated!) B&B vibe.
When I saw on their excellent Instagram feed that they’ve added a deeper-than-average scuba diving pool on-premises, I figured it must be a great place for scuba divers, and perhaps people new to diving or who are interested in coming to Cozumel to get scuba certified.
With several pretty rooms to choose from, a lovely garden and pool area, a community kitchen, yoga and massage rooms, and close proximity to all that downtown Cozumel has to offer, Tamarindo Guest House is definitely one to check out if this sounds like your kind of vacation.
Tamarindo Guest House in Cozumel reviews summary:
Average reader rating on TripAdvisor: 4.5 “Excellent”
The main reason to book at Tamarindo is probably for its hospitality, chic Mexican design sensibilities, and numerous guest-focused, welcoming details.
If you’re a diver or would like to take some classes to try it out, the deep pool area is a unique benefit.
Link to the Tamarindo website: Click HERE
Cozumel is Full of Great Accomodations
If you’re new to Cozumel and need more a more wide-angle view of the various hotels, resorts, private homes, and guesthouses there are to choose from, try scanning this related post on how to choose a hotel in Cozumel, first.
And if you’re not a diver, we have lots of info on what Cozumel is known for and suggestions on eco-friendly things to do on the island that might also help you narrow down where you might want to stay.
Welcome, and have a great trip!
CozInfo’s Recommended UW Camera Gear
If you want to get started with underwater photography but aren’t sure what to buy, this setup is easy and inexpensive, gets great technical reviews all over the internet, and is used by thousands of divers all over the world.
It’s also light, and can easily fit in your carry-on bag – a big consideration these days.
This straightforward kit is accessible and simple when you’re just starting out, but it can grow with you as you progress in your new hobby.
This is the exact UW camera gear I use on every dive and for all the UW images on this site.
My Tried and True Dive Photography Kit:
- Olympus TG-6 compact camera.
Olympus’ “tough” series is inherently waterproof and dust/dirt proof, so it’s also great for other outdoor activities, or as your everyday point-and-shoot camera for weddings and events. Small and durable.
- Olympus PT-059 Marine Housing.
Olympus’ own marine housing allows the camera’s on-board flash to operate without additional cables or added strobes. This is important if you don’t want to deal with external strobes, etc. The marine housing is needed for diving, but not for snorkeling or swimming depths.
- 64GB Memory Card.
I’ve used this exact card for years, and it hasn’t failed. I bought a backup, but haven’t needed it, yet.
- Memory Card Reader.
I find this memory card reader a dead-simple way to save my photos to my MacbookPro at the end of each dive day. I don’t want to rely on wifi during dive trips, and while I’m using the card in the card reader, I can be recharging my camera for the next day.
- Camera lanyard!!!!!
I’m not kidding – if I had a dollar for every time someone posted on social media about losing a camera on one of Cozumel’s dive sites, I’d have…hundreds of dollars. Plus, I’ve lost my own camera and housing…TWICE! Lesson (finally) learned. Now I never go in without this simple coiled lanyard clip that attaches to a D-ring on my Cressi BCD, and give me plenty of range of motion, yet the security of knowing I won’t throw another camera and housing down the drain. The best 20 bucks you’ll spend on this hobby.
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