Through Jean-Michel Cousteau we remember and pay tribute to his father Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau who truly discovered the sea for us and who, upon seeing the beauty of Cozumel's coral reefs of Cozumel commented, "Cozumel is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving for the clarity of its water and abundance of marine life"

Co-inventor of the Aqua Lung i.e. SCUBA s(elf)-c(ontained) u(nderwater) b(reathing) a(pparatus), Jacques Cousteau was the man man who defended the magnificent undersea world worldwide with his film "The Silent World."

Aboard his ship "Calypso". Captain Cousteau, his wife Simone and his sons Jean-Michel and Philippe dove around the world while giving Cozumel Island recognition throughout the Americas as well as in Europe

As tribute to the Cousteau Family, in 2013 the Scuba Fest Dive Route of Jean-Michel Cousteau was founded. It comprises nine dives along the most beautiful reefs of Cozumel. The Route includes the reef "Punta Francesa" named in honor of Simone Cousteau, the first woman SCUBA diver and mother of Jean-Michel.

Upon completion of these four dives, the participating divers are certified with an Official Log (Bitácora Oficial) recognized by Ocean Futures Society, and they are designated "Friends of the Reef".

Certain dive shops and hotels of Cozumel, selected for their highest quality of service, are accredited by the Organizing Committee to offer the to offer the best quality of service and to conduct the Scuba Fest Route and and Bitácora Oficial certification by Jean-Michel Cousteau as well as the corresponding ISBN.

Available during the Cozumel SCUBA Fest.


During four consecutive days, the Route consists of eight daytime dives and one night dive.


$600 USD. Includes:

  • 8 Day dives
  • 1 Night dive
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • 3 Networking coctel
  • Gala dinner for the golden diver award
  • Official logbook
  • Festival tshirt




If you completed the Jean-Michel Cousteau Route, or if you prefer a more advanced dive, then you can continue with something more intrepid. You have the golden opportunity to dive reefs for very experienced divers and to explore caves accessible to advance divers in Cozumel. In the northern part of the island are beautiful reefs, and if you welcome the challenge, they can be a highlight experience in your personal diving history.

In Cozumel we have treasures still being discovered, and this Advanced Dive Route will take you to natural beauty you never expected, as well as surprising sea life, from menacing green morays to vivid surrealistic creatures..

For these reasons, plus more you will learn, Cozumel is positioned among the premier dive destinations worldwide. The Island's choral reef system, part of the Great Mesoamerican Reef (also known as the "Great Maya Reef") has over 1100 marine species, a wealth considered unequaled anywhere on the Planet. It is the place with more protected area in relationship to its territory in all the Mexican Republic. Imagine the marvels you will see there!


  • Palancar
  • La Francesa Simone Cousteau
  • Barracuda
  • San Juan
  • Punta Sur
  • Wreck Dive Xicotencatl
  • Maracaibo
  • Paso del Cedral
  • Tormentos


$560 USD plus tax. Includes equipment. AOWD Certification is required.


In addition to a feature of the Annual Cozumel Scuba Fest in December, this special Advanced Dive Route is available anytime throughout the year (subject to weather conditions). Duration is four days with eight reef dives and one cenote dive.




The Dive Route of the Yucatan Peninsula is the first of its kind in Mexico, designed for the advanced diver to live an experience of exploration and adventure.

This Expedition into the submerged Maya World unveils the profound relationships between the ancient Maya and their sacred underground world of cenotes, rivers and caves, and the secrets of the Xibalbá.

The journey along little known Maya sites of the Yucatan will encourage the appreciation and dissemination of the importance of protecting this subterranean cultural heritage.

The Route was designed by the renowned Mexican archeologist, cave diving instructor, and recognized National Geographic Explorer, Dr. Guillermo de Anda who, with his crew of archeologists and speleologists, will lead you to discover the secrets of the Yucatan underground.


In addition to a feature of the Cozumel Scuba Fest, this Expedition is available year around. Overnights in Valladolid, Merida, Tulum and Cozumel. Duration: four days on the Yucatan Peninsula and four days on Cozumel Island.


$1,010 USD plus tax. They can also be purchased separately: Yucatan $510 USD; Cozumel $500 USD. Includes equipment, certified guides, snacks and drinks, and transfers. Required: AOWD certification; applicants must prove at least 25 dives in the last 3 years.