Cozumel has developed a reputation over the years as being one of the hottest vacation spots in Mexico. In addition, it’s arguably one of the best places for scuba diving as well with many different places for divers to explore.
Cozumel is a relatively small island just off the Yucatan Peninsula and is along the Meso-American Reef, the second largest of its kind in the world. This means that there are plenty of dramatic coral formations that are teaming with life. Of the many different diving spots, the Santa Rosa Wall certainly ranks as one of the best.
Located a short distance from San Miguel, the Santa Rosa Wall is actually fairly easy for many dive boats to reach which has helped make it a very popular place. So, you might want to go in the off-season or later in the afternoon if you want a greater chance to explore this unique formation with fewer other people around.
You’ll find the top edge of the wall features a sandy area that offers large overhangs of the rest of the wall itself. The coral is irregular and rocky, sporting a number of places where coral and marine life can be found in abundance. The wall itself slopes down dramatically, but there are plenty of ledges and even some sandy areas on the way down to stop and look around.
There are a number of holes and swim-through areas in the wall itself which makes for great exploring. One of the most impressive sights is diving down the wall and turning around to look up and see the impressively large sponges that dot the area.
There are still a number of different types of marine life around, such as Queen and French Angelfish, turtles, groupers, large Parrotfish, Toadfish and even large Green Moray eels as well. The light in the late afternoon is particularly stunning as you can see a host of marine life in the area.
For those who are returning to the Santa Rosa Wall, one unique and less travelled way to see all the fish is to simply glide along the top of the wall itself. Because fewer people take this option, there are more fish to see when doing this action.
The diving conditions along the Santa Rosa Wall offer good visibility in daylight hours under normal lighting conditions. The currents are moderate in general, but given the nature of the wall itself and the interaction with the currents, it is recommended that divers with at intermediate level experience dive along the wall area itself.
You’ll find the top of the wall to be around 9 to 12 meters underwater while the bottom of the wall goes past 30 meters easily. In some ways, you’ll feel like you are flying down the wall when descending, so be careful when exploring this area. While not dangerous in and of itself you can get easily distracted which is one reason why intermediate level divers are recommended for this particular area.
This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.