Aura Recreation & Dive Palancar

When renowned underwater researcher Jacques Cousteau first visited Cozumel in 1962, it didn’t take long for him to declare it one of the top spectacular scuba diving sites in the world. Ever since, the island has gained an international reputation as one of the premier diving destinations in the Western Hemisphere, attracting thousands of divers and snorkelers to its underwater panorama.

Scuba diving capital of the Americas and home to the world’s second-largest coral reef system, Cozumel is ringed by more than 37 dive sites teaming with tropical fish and a kaleidoscope of multi-colored coral reefs.

The exceptionally beautiful aquamarine waters are virtually transparent, providing divers with a visibility of up to 200 feet, 20 miles of coral reef, and water so crystal clear that divers seem to fly instead of swimming. It is no wonder that Cozumel attracts more than 80,000 divers a year.

Most of Cozumel’s diving sites are located within the Cozumel’s Marine National Park, a protected underwater environment whose authority has implemented a conservation program funded by $2.00 US tax from divers.

Dive with Sand Dollar Sports, which offers departures twice a day at 8:00 AM and 13:00 PM, as well as a full range of instructional courses. The Sand Dollar Sports desk is located next to the Regency Vacation Club Front Desk.

To further accommodate these sport enthusiasts, we offer fantastic diving facilities and competitive packages. Situated on the southern part of the island, the resort is ideally located in front of the massive reef systems.

 

With a Mexican heart and a Caribbean soul, Cozumel is a charming blend of scenery, flavor, and tradition. World famous for its spectacular coral reefs, it offers other water sports in addition to world-class diving such as deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. With its beautiful beaches and exotic surroundings, Cozumel is a favorite destination for honeymooners; who better to enjoy the breathtaking, tropical sunsets, moonlight walks on secluded beaches, refreshing swims through the crystal-clear turquoise waters and romantic candlelit dinners.

The choice of things to do in Cozumel is boundless; something interesting is always cooking and you are always welcome to join in. Come and experience the friendly people, the local festivals, scattered Maya ruins, fabulous dining, duty-free shopping, diving, golfing, romance; a whole new world of Cozumel attractions awaits you where everybody has a place under the sun.

Cozumel’s Reefs

  • Bajo de Molas (coral heads)
    Coral heads’ marine life includes rays, sharks and sea turtles. Caution: strong current. Depth: 40 to 80 feet.
  • Barracuda
    Marine life includes large angelfish, nurse sharks, rays and other large fish. Mountainous coral ridges with peaks at 70 feet sloping into an abyss. Caution: strong current.
  • Cantarell (sandbank)
    Sponges and soft coral scattered across a large sandbank. Marine life includes nurse sharks, rays, sea turtles and other large fish. Depth: 35 to 90 feet sloping into an abyss.
  • Cardona
    Varied coral and abundant marine life. Excellent for snorkeling. Depth: 18 to 30 feet.
  • Chankanaab Park
    Coral heads and scattered coral with abundant marine life. A 14 foot tall statue of Jesus Christ and a smaller statue of the Virgin Mary are among the underwater sites in Chankanaab Park. Excellent for shore diving. Depth: 20 feet.
  • Chankanaab Reef
    Coral heads and abundant marine life, including sea turtles, rays, groupers and amberjacks. Depth: 50 to 90 feet, falling off into an abyss.
  • Chankanaab (shallow)
    Lobster and large crab species, various coral formations and abundant marine life. Excellent for night diving. Depth: 30 to 50 feet.
  • Chen Rio
    Scattered coral and varied marine life. Depth: 60 feet, then sloping into an abyss.
  • Colombia (deep)
    Varied marine life, including large sea turtles, rays and nurse sharks, are found at a depth of 60 feet. Coral pillars – 50 feet high – rise from a depth of 90 feet, before the reef slopes to the ocean floor.
  • Colombia (shallow)
    Varied coral and abundant marine life. Excellent for snorkeling. Depth: 30 feet.
  • Chun Chacaab
    Scattered coral on a sandy bottom with an abundance of large fish. Caution: strong current. Depth: 80 feet.
  • El Islote
    Scattered coral and varied marine life. Depth: 40 to 80 feet.
  • El Mirador
    Scattered coral and varied marine life. Caution: dangerous undertow. Depth: 35 feet.
  • La Francesa
    Small sand hills with scattered coral and sponges. Varied marine life including nurse sharks, sea turtles and rays. Caution: strong current and fire coral. Depth: 40 to 80 feet.
  • Las Palmas
    Abundant sponges and gorgonian with scattered coral and varied marine life. Depth: wall starts at 40 feet then plummets into an abyss.
  • Los Atolones
    Mini atolls approximately 15 feet high. Varied marine life. Depth: 15 to 30 feet.
  • Maracaibo (Punta)
    Large sand hills with varied coral and large coral formations. Abundant soft coral and sponges. Varied marine life, including large rays, sea turtles and sharks. Caution: strong current. Depth: the reef begins at a depth of 60 feet.
  • Maracaibo (shallow)
    Varied coral and abundant marine life. Excellent for snorkeling. Depth: 10 feet. Location: southern tip of island.
  • Molas (sandbank)
    Sponges and soft corals scattered across sandy hills. Marine life includes nurse sharks, rays, sea turtles and other species of large fish. Caution: strong current. Depth: 35 to 90 feet.
  • Palancar (caves)
    Abundant marine life including grouper and sea turtles. Many passages through coral formations that rise from the sandy bottom. Depth: peaks begin at 35 to 40 feet then plummet into an abyss.
  • Palancar (gardens)
    Coral and sponges scattered across a sandy bottom. Abundant marine life includes grouper, sea turtles and rays. Depth: 30 feet.
  • Palancar (horseshoe)
    Coral and sponges as well as varied marine life. Large coral formations start at 25 feet then slopes into an abyss.
  • Paraiso
    Large reef with varied coral formations. Section A: scattered coral at 18 feet deep; Section B: scattered coral at 45 to 50 feet; Section C: abundant coral and sponges at a depth of 50 feet then slopes into an abyss. Various dives necessary to cover the Paraiso Reef System.
  • Paso del Cedral (shallow)
    A variety of coral, sponges and marine life, including grouper, morays, nurse sharks and sea turtles. Depth: 30 to 60 feet.
  • Paso del Cedral (wall)
    Scattered coral and a variety of marine life. Caution: fire coral. Depth: wall starts at 40 feet then slopes into an abyss.
  • Playa Bosh
    Scattered coral and sponges. Depth: 30 to 40 feet.
  • Punta Dalila
    Varied coral and sponges with schools of angelfish. Caution: strong current and fire coral. Depth: 30 to 60 feet.
  • Punta Morena
    Scattered coral and varied marine life. Depth: 40 feet.
  • Punta Sur (deep)
    Large coral formations rising from a sandy bottom. Varied marine life including large sharks and rays. Depth: wall begins at 70 feet then slopes into an abyss.
  • Punta Sur (shallow)
    Abundant coral and marine life. Excellent for snorkeling. Depth: 18 to 30 feet.
  • San Francisco Wall
    Small coral on a sandy bottom. Abundant marine life includes rays and sea turtles. Depth: wall starts at 40 feet then slopes into an abyss.
  • San Juan
    Endless hills of finger coral. Abundant marine life includes nurse sharks, rays and other large reef fish. Strong current. Depth: 35 to 70 feet.
  • Santa Rosa Wall
    Coral ridges, caves and abundant marine life. Caution: strong current and fire coral. Depth: wall starts at 40 feet then slopes into an abyss.
  • Santa Rosa (shallow)
    Coral formations scattered across a sandy bottom. Abundant marine life includes nurse sharks, rays and sea turtles. Caution: strong current. Depth: 30 to 60 feet.
  • Tormentos
    Varied coral and sponges. A great sandbank with abundant marine life that includes morays and grouper. Depth: 30 to 60 feet.
  • Tunich Wall (Mayan translation of Tunich – Rocks)
    Small ridges and various species of sponges. Abundant marine life includes green morays, rays and sea turtles. Caution: strong current. Depth: the reef begins at 35 feet then slopes into an abyss.
  • Villa Blanca Wall
    Abundant giant sponges and gorgonian with varied marine life. The wall starts at 35 feet then slopes into an abyss.
  • Wreck C-53
    A 1000 ton, 40 foot tall, Mexican minesweeper that boasts three decks with a beam 33 by 184 feet in length. Sunk on a sandy area by Chankanaab Reef at a depth of 80 feet, which allows divers to enter and leave the sunken ship safely.
  • Yucab
    Varied coral and sponges scattered across a sandy bottom. Abundant marine life includes morays, grouper, lobster and crab. Excellent for night diving. Caution: fire coral. Depth: 35 to 60 feet.

Golf

Since opening in 2001, the Cozumel Country Club, Nicklaus Design Group 18-hole golf course has been steadily attracting more travelers to Cozumel.

With attractive challenges for players of every level or skill, this lovely golf course has been carefully crafted from the surrounding mangrove marshlands and tropical rainforest to preserve its environmental integrity. The Nicklaus Design Group has successfully balanced the strict requirements of building a first-class championship golf course with the need to preserve the delicate ecosystem of the area. The golf course features channels built beneath roadways and bridges to provide safe passage for blue crabs, iguanas and other wildlife which call this habitat home.

Cozumel Country Club is owned and operated by ClubCorp. Members of other ClubCorp clubs in the U.S., Australia and Europe have Signature Gold privileges with the Cozumel facility, allowing them preferred rates and tee times.

The Cozumel Country Club has formed a partnership with the Resort, extending golf privileges to their guests in the form of priority service golf and 40% discounted rates on green fees.

Tours

  • Bone Fishing
    Go for a different kind of game!! The Mexican Caribbean is a fisherman’s paradise offering some of the most exciting fishing in the world. Bone fishing takes place in the flats around Cozumel, red snapper and grouper are the main game.
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    The Mexican Caribbean is a fisherman’s paradise offering some of the most exciting fishing in the world. Cozumel’s experienced boat captains and fisherman will take you for the big game. A great tour for adventurous fisherman to have the chance to catch blue & white marlin, sailfish, dorado & tuna. Other species which can be found year round are; wahoo, mackerel, barracuda, amberjack, bonito & snapper.
    The best fishing months are February to July.
  • Glass Bottom Boat
    This three hour trip gives you the opportunity to snorkel two beautiful shallow reefs, such as Palancar and Colombia reef, or you can just admire Cozumel’s amazing reefs thru the bottom of the boat.
  • Sub See Explorer
    Sail comfortably in a sub-ocean-view explorer. This popular underwater viewing craft allows you to enjoy the panoramic views of the underwater Caribbean. It has been especially designed to insure each passenger’s comfort and an incredible view during this enjoyable trip. Crystal clear panels allow you to see the natural treasures that dwell in the beautiful Caribbean Sea.
  • Sunset Cruise
    Admire one of Cozumel’s amazing sunsets while enjoying your drink, listening to nice music and sailing the beautiful turquoise waters. A wonderful and romantic experience you will always remember.
  • KK – Jungle Tours
    You will go deep into the Mayan jungle with your bike following winding trails of rocks, dirt and dust. Professional guides will explain about the ecology of the area at the various stops of this exciting adventure; the bat-cave where you will learn about the formations of caves and enter this fragile ecosystem to see its spooky inhabitants; “Cenote Encantado” at the edge of an ancient Mayan ruin with its exotic flora and fauna; and “Cenote Aerolito” for a splash into cool crystal clear waters flowing from under ground.
  • ATV Jungle Tour
    Experience the untouched natural paradise of Cozumel’s north-east side during this exciting tour on a 4 wheel motorcycle. Traveling on roads and trails you will explore Cozumel’s jungle. On one of Cozumel’s most beautiful beaches, Playa Bonita, you will get the possibility to refresh yourself. This tour winds through some of the most scenic views of nature found on Cozumel.
  • Cozumel Island Tour
    This tour really takes you to the most interesting sites on Cozumel. The tour starts with a visit to San Gervasio, mythical Mayan ruins surrounded by the jungle at the north side of the island. Your guide will tell you all about Ixchel, the island’s goddess, how she was worshipped and the mysterious beliefs around her. After this cultural start the tour will take you to the east side of Cozumel along the scenic road past the most beautiful beaches. You will get the change to take incredible shots of the overwhelming scenery here. The tour ends with an amazing snorkeling adventure in Chankanaab National Park, Cozumel’s most spectacular snorkeling area. In Chankanaab you can also stroll around the botanical gardens, see reproductions of Mayan monuments, observe the friendly dolphins and sea lions or simply enjoy a drink and a snack at one of the beach restaurants.
  • Jeep Jungle Tour
    This tour takes you to the last frontier of Cozumel. Off the crowded and beaten track, this tour will take you through lush jungle and along remote beaches overlooking the Caribbean side of the island. You will see a coastal Mayan ruin dating back to 1200. You will also get the chance to snorkel the rare reef Micro Atolls with giant coral heads that reach the surface of the turquoise-blue waters (weather permitting).