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. www.cozumelfishing.com. 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. www.albatroscharters.com. 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. www.cozumel-diving.net/oceantur. 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. www.sanddollarsports.com. 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. www.spearfishingtoday.com. From M$3527.