Cozumel - Chili Charters and Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 - Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 (1 week)
Led by Tracey Griffin, REEF Fish Expert and Cozumel Naturalist
22 divers maximum
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Join REEF's annual trip to Cozumel for a wonderful week of camaraderie, diving and citizen science! Enjoy the fabulous diving in crystal clear waters that have been protected as a marine park for nearly 20 years. Many great fish finds await, including the endemic Splendid Toadfish, found only in this area. When not diving, you will enjoy all the wonderful food and culture that Mexico has to offer, as well as daily seminars by Cozumel local and long-time REEF Expert, Tracey Griffin. Reserve your spot today - this popular trip always sells out early.

Cozumel is known for clear waters and excellent drift diving. Photo credit: Janna Nichols

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: Safari Inn: $626 per diver based on double occupancy. $756 per diver based on single occupancy. Casa Mexicana: $774 per diver based on double occupancy. $1,097 per diver based on single occupancy.

Accommodations: Two accommodation options are available on this trip. Safari Inn is a small, locally owned hotel located on the waterfront. All rooms have air-conditioning and private bathrooms with showers. King beds or twin beds are available. Casa Mexicana's rooms are air-conditioned with free Wi-Fi and have private bathrooms with showers. The Casa Mexicana package includes a breakfast buffet. Both hotels are located across the street from Aqua Safari pier, where the dive boat will pick up divers each morning.

Diving: Average water temperature is 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit. A 3mm wetsuit is recommended. Visibility is usually excellent, ranging from 75-125 ft. at most dive sites. Most diving in Cozumel is drift diving, so it is recommended to carry a surface marker buoy.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of accommodation, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives, deluxe breakfast buffet included in Casa Mexicana package, daily gear storage, tanks and weights.

REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials.

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - All flights, transfers to and from the airport, all meals on trip (breakfast is included if staying at Casa Mexicana.) Optional Nitrox available for an additional cost. Optional additional afternoon dives are $40 per person, optional night dives are $55 per person. A $2.50 per person per day marine park access fee will be collected onsite. Taxes and fees are subject to change. Gratuities are not included and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

About the Trip Leader: Tracey Griffin is a REEF fish expert who is passionate about marine life. A full-time resident of Cozumel, she has led the REEF Field Survey Trip there for many years. Tracey has completed more than 1,000 REEF surveys, is part of the Advanced Assessment Team in the Tropical Western Atlantic region, and shares her fish ID expertise in REEF Fishinars. Over the years, she has participated and contributed to all of REEF’s projects including the Volunteer Fish Survey Project, Grouper Moon Project, and Invasive Lionfish Project.

How to Sign Up: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules. 

How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into Cozumel International Airport (airport code CZM), arriving on Dec. 1 and departing on Dec. 8. Participants are responsible for booking their own air travel. REEF is not able to book airfare.

Transfers: Transfers to and from the airport are not included in the trip package, however taxis are readily available at the Cozumel airport. The fare for a ride from the airport to Safari Inn or Casa Mexicana is approximately $8 one way.

Casa Mexicana has modern, spacious rooms.

One of the large, comfortable rooms at Safari Inn.

Chili Charters has an excellent fleet of dive boats.

Relax by the pool at Casa Mexicana after a day of diving.

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