The waters off Cozumel teem with more than 230 species of fish, making this one of the world's best deep-sea fishing destinations. During billfish migration season from late April through June, blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish are plentiful, and world-record catches aren't uncommon.

The larger sportfishing boats are located in the Puerto Abrigo marina just north of San Miguel. Fishing boats are also located at La Caleta, the marina on the south side, beside the Presidente InterContinental resort. Some sportfishing companies are affiliated with dive shops and offer a full range of water activities. Hotels can help arrange daily charters—some offer special deals, with boats leaving from their own docks.

3 Hermanos. This outfit specializes in deep-sea and fly-fishing trips. It also offers scuba-diving excursions. Boats are available for group charters, allowing you to move at your own pace. Puerto Abrigo Marina, Av. Rafael E. Melgar Norte, Puerto Abrigo, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/107–0655. From M$4,775 for 6 people.

Albatros Deep Sea Fishing. Half- and full-day outings that include boat and crew, tackle and bait, plus libations and lunch (quesadillas or your own fresh catch) are organized by Albatros Deep Sea Fishing. Customized dive trips are also available. Puerto Abrigo Marina, Av. Rafael E. Melgar Norte, Puerto Abrigo, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–7904 or 888/333–4643. From M$6070 for 6 people.

Ocean Tours. All equipment and tackle, lunch with beer, and, of course, the boat and crew are included in Ocean Tours' full-day rates. Half-day tours are also offered, and discounts are given for cash payments. Cozumeleno Beach Resort, Playa Santa Pilar, Zona Hotelera Norte, Km 4.5, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–9530 Ext. 8. From M$6,002 for 6 people.

Sand Dollar Sports. Both bottom- and deep-sea fishing trips can be arranged through Sand Dollar; ditto for diving and snorkeling excursions. Charter rates for one to six people include beer, soda, water, and snacks. Carretera Sur, Km 6.2, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–0793. M$5400 for 4 hours.

Spearfishing Today. The blue waters of Cozumel are a great place to learn to spearfish. After a short lesson with this outfit’s certified instructors, you'll launch out from Puerto Abrigo on a four-hour boat trip. Expect to get shots off at grouper, snapper, or trigger fish. Snacks, water, soft drinks, and all equipment are included. The crew will also clean your catch and provide names of restaurants that will cook it for you. Carretera Costa Norte, Km 1.5, Puerto Abrigo, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/876-0862. From M$3527.


Cozumel Country Club. The 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course at the Cozumel Country Club is the work of the Nicklaus Design Group. The lush fairways amid mangroves and a lagoon have been declared an Audubon nature reserve, and it's a favorite spot for bird-watching. Green fees (reduced after 1:30 pm) include a shared golf cart, and rental clubs are available. Some hotels, including Playa Azul, offer golf packages here. Tee times are generally required and can be made online. Duffers should bring lots of balls as the fringe areas are notorious for eating them; the crocodiles in the water hazards are real—so use caution when looking for balls. Carretera Costera Norte, Km 6.5, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–9570. M$1890 for 18 holes. 18 holes. 6734 yards. Par 72.

Kiteboarding and Paddleboarding

De Lille Sports. Cozumel native Raul De Lille—a former world windsurf champion and national kiteboard champion—offers two- to three-hour classes in both stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and kiteboarding. Multiday courses, rental equipment, and sport-oriented tours are available, too. If the winds are calm, inquire about De Lille's private snorkeling tour to the northern tip of the island.

987/103–6711 cell. From M$2120 for a 2- to 3-hour class.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Aldora Divers. Make the most of your trip by exploring the undersea environment with Aldora Divers. Although it also works with neophytes, this outfit caters to experienced divers. Its all-day, three-tank nitrox trip gets you up close to reef sharks, eagle rays, and huge lionfish. Ask about Aldora's afternoon lionfish hunting trip to the north end of the island. Calle 5 Sur, between Avs. 5 and Rafael E. Melgar, San Miguel, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–3397 or 210/569–1203. Two-tank dives from M$1213.

Aquatic Sports and Expeditions. Sergio Sandoval gets rave reviews from his clients, many of whom are repeat customers. In addition to the usual excursions, he'll take you out for wreck dives, underwater photo safaris, or lionfish hunting. He also charters his boat for full- and half-day fishing trips. Carretera Sur, Km 6.5, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/112–5002; 1987/111–1172 cell. Two-tankdives from M$1,023.

Blue Angel Scuba School. The combo dive-and-snorkel excursions arranged by Blue Angel allow family members to have fun together, even if not all are scuba enthusiasts. Dedicated dive trips to local reefs and PADI courses are also offered. Blue Angel Resort, Carretera Sur, Km 2.2, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–1631. Snorkel trips from M$532; two-tank dives from M$1078.

Del Mar Aquatics. In operation since 1987, Del Mar Aquatics offers PADI and DAN certified dive trips as well as certification courses. Their boats are larger and slower, but have an onboard head (toilet). Casa Del Mar Hotel, Carretera Sur Km 4.5, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–5949. Two-tank dives from M$1,092.

Eagle Ray Divers. Snorkeling trips and dive instruction are available through Eagle Ray Divers. (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, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–5735 or 866/465–1616. Two-tank dives from M$1,023.

Fury Catamarans. Vacationers who can’t decide between snorkeling and partying can combine the two by boarding one of Fury’s 65-foot catamarans. Boats visit the reef en route to a private stretch of beach south of town. Rates include equipment, lunch, soft drinks, beer, and margaritas, plus access to assorted beach toys. A sunset booze cruise is also offered, and there are numerous pick-up points along the west coast. Carretera Sur, Km 3.5, beside Casa del Mar Hotel, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–5145. From M$805.

Scuba Du. Dive magazines regularly rate Scuba Du among the best dive shops in the Caribbean. Along with the requisite Cozumel reef dives, it organizes night dives and an advanced trip to walls off Punta Sur, as well as snorkeling and fishing trips. The Presidente InterContinental Hotel, Casa Mexicana, and Hotel B offer lodging and dive packages. Presidente InterContinental hotel, Carretera Sur, Km 6, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–9500 Ext. 6855 or 310/684–5556. Two-tank dives from M$1,214.

ScubaTony. Diving with ScubaTony is like diving with friends you've known for years. The personalized trips include tanks, weights, fresh fruit, and drinks. If you're new to the sport or have a few years between dives, introductory and refresher courses are available; PADI certified instructors will also work with you to obtain additional certifications (such as nitrox). Puerto Caleta, Carretera A Chankanaab, Km 6, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/113–3706 or 310/272–9943. Two-tank dives from M$1220.

Tiger's Adventures. Tiger Aguilar leads one of the island’s more enjoyable snorkel-and-party excursions. In the water, you might encounter harmless nurse sharks in addition to turtles, fish, and starfish; aboard the boat, you can indulge in adult beverages, sodas, and fresh snacks. Trips run from 11 to 4:30, with passengers departing from Money Bar Beach Club bound for the shallow "El Cielo" lagoon.

Carretera Costa Sur, Km 6.5, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/871-0897. M$846, cash only, reservations required.

Submarine Tours

Atlantis Submarine. If you're curious about what's underneath Cozumel's waters but don't like getting wet, Atlantis Submarine has 1½-hour submarine rides that explore the Chankanaab Reef and surrounding area. Subs descend about 100 feet—deeper than most scuba dives go—but be warned: claustrophobes may not be able to handle the sardine-can conditions. All passengers must be at least 36" tall and over 4-years old. Carretera Sur, Km 4, across from Hotel Casa del Mar, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, 77600. 987/872–5671 Ext. 101. M$1,432.