The Best Cozumel Dive Shop! With our three small, fast boats and early morning departures, you'll be the first divers on the reef.
ScubaTony is a full service dive operation. We offer fun dives for certified divers. Open water certifications and advanced certifications. We also offer a discover scuba experience for someone that wants to try scuba before they commit to a full scuba certification. We do it all!
Concierge diving with personal attention makes a safer and more enjoyable dive experience. Any more than six divers in a group is too crowded! Avoid the larger groups.
In the morning, we beat the other dive operators by being the first boat to the dive site, giving you undisturbed reefs and more wildlife. This also means you’ll get first dibs at beautiful surface interval piers & beaches, plus shorter boat rides thanks to our fast boats! This gives us the ability to give you the best Cozumel scuba diving experience possible.
Have faith in getting the best rental gear anywhere in the world. All of our rental gear is Aqualung with the above-normal rental gear models. Our BCDs have integrated weight pockets for a more comfortable dive. No more fidgeting with uncomfortable weight belts. Enjoy your dives with gear that we ourselves use!
We attract the best dive professionals on and off the island. The ScubaTony team is second to none because we are organized and work together as a team. Our crew is cheerful, and they love diving in Cozumel. We create a culture and live happy, aligned lives to show people our love for the ocean.
Our Open Water Dive courses include all instruction, E-Learning materials you complete at home, tanks, weights, rental gear (BCD, regulator, mask, snorkel, fins, dive computer, and wetsuit if needed), certification fees, marine park fees, boat fees, and taxes. All the in-water instruction takes place in the ocean (by shore & by boat), not in a pool! Private instruction fees apply to single students.Book Now!
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com!
The Discover Scuba Diving program is for those who want to try scuba diving in Cozumel for the first time. No previous training or experience is needed. This experience allows you to enjoy scuba diving under a professional dive instructor's direct supervision and guidance without completing the full scuba certification course.
Almost anyone can enjoy this experience, from age ten and up. Certified divers are welcome to tag along with DSD students at the certified two-tank trip rate. If you are unsure that you will like diving, this is a great option before doing a full certification.
E-Learning is an online course that SSI and PADI offer. You complete all the knowledge development sections and quizzes online before coming to dive Cozumel. Once you are here, we will complete your certification in three afternoons. All dives are done by shore & by boat in the ocean, not in a pool!
$450 with SSI
$530 with PADI
*Private instruction fees apply to single students*
For SSI or PADI Open Water Dive students who have completed academic and confined water training at their local dive shop and want to complete their open water dives in Cozumel the referral course is for you. This is a nice option as it limits your training time during your vacation. You will complete the 4 - Open Water training dives over two afternoons. Two dives are done by shore & two dives by boat in the ocean, not in a pool!
*Private instruction fees apply to single students*
Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox offers an added safety measure against decompression sickness. It also allows a diver additional no decompression bottom time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If you dive four tanks in a day, then it’s recommended to dive 1 or 2 tanks on Nitrox. The Nitrox course includes a two-tank dive trip, two nitrox tanks, E-Learning material from SS or PADI, all instruction, certification fees, marine park fees, boat fees, and taxes.
Once you have your Open Water Scuba Certification, you can move on to become an Advanced diver. We strongly encourage divers just to enjoy diving in Cozumel while on vacation and don’t recommend this course for any divers with less than 25 logged dives. Still, we’ll gladly set it up for you if you want this certification. This course gives you additional knowledge and experience via five specialty dives.
SSI calls this the Advanced Adventurer (AA)
PADI calls this the Advance Open Water (AOW)
SSI AA - $490
SSI AA/Nitrox Bundle - $585
PADI AOW - $610
PADI AOW/Nitrox Bundle - $740
*Private courses (one on one) add $150*
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Scuba diving in Cozumel is based on two-tank dive trips. We have daily morning (7:30 am) and afternoon (1:00 pm) departures. One trip takes 4-5 hours on our fast boats. Travel time to the reef is usually less than 30 minutes. The price includes tanks, weights, marine park fees, taxes, fresh fruit, sodas, souvenir ScubaTony water bottles with purified water, and a professional guide. Our guides are PADI-certified instructors and divemasters with years of experience in Cozumel.
If you're coming to Cozumel to DIVE, DIVE, DIVE, then we have a dive package available! If you reserve 5 or more two-tank trips, you will pay $85 per trip instead of $95 . The two-tank twilight/night dive is $95 per trip instead of $100. This package cannot be divided between divers.
We are an Aqualung partner. Rental gear fees are charged once daily, not per two-tank trip.
Sometimes, we can sell our like-new rental gear at wholesale prices, and we will take your rental cost off if you decide to buy something. These prices are around 50% off retail prices! Contact us for more details at email@example.com
If you want a boat all to yourself to scuba Cozumel; then a private charter is THE WAY TO GO. We have two-tank and three-tank private charters starting at $550. This is a great way to get to more advanced dive sites and have more privacy. Please reserve this well in advance, as spaces for private charters are limited. Ask for more information on Private Charter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can join us for our two-tank twilight/night dive for an exciting new experience! We depart late in the afternoon, diving the first tank as the sun is low in the sky. It is the perfect time to dive any of Cozumel’s famous wall dive sites! After the first dive, we watch the sunset before jumping in for the night dive. Cozumel is the place to begin if you have never done a night dive before. With its warm, clear water, Cozumel has some of the best night diving in the world. It is like diving into a whole new ocean. The corals and marine life are entirely different during the night. The octopi come out to feed, as do lobsters, crabs, eels, and many other creatures you don't often see during the day. When you turn the lights off, you will be amazed at the sparkles (bioluminescence) in the Caribbean waters. A minimum of 2 divers are required to send out the two-tank twilight/night dive.
*Divers must dive at least one day time (AM or PM) two-tank dive the day before joining this special trip. Our crew will evaluate your skills and approve you to join this special trip*
You must be Nitrox certified to dive with Nitrox. Not certified? We can help you with that too - ENRICHED AIR NITROX SPECIALTY
We have 32% Nitrox tanks available in the standard AL80 and the larger AL100 tanks. We also have AL100 air tanks available.
Have you been dry for too long? People often ask about our thoughts on getting a refresher. The simple answer is, if you are thinking about it, you should do it!
Private Guides are for divers out of the water for less than 8 years or someone who is nervous/apprehensive about diving. This is a personal guide just for you and/or your dive buddy to get comfortable again. Your personal DM/instructor to give you an informal refresher and give you their attention while you regain your confidence in scuba.
This is an entry-level scuba experience designed for non-certified divers which allows you to dive to a maximum of 40ft. It is a 30min instruction on necessary dive skills and skill practice in shallow water followed by a two-tank boat dive. We offer our DSD dives/Refreshers in the afternoons only and require a minimum of 2 divers. This is a more affordable option than hiring a private guide as all gear is included
Please contact us for more information regarding the Photo and Video packages we have available at email@example.com
GoPro HERO10 Rental - $45
Professional underwater photographer starting at $180
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If you are diving for two or more days with us, we would be happy to take care of your dive equipment. Gear service includes rinsing, sterilizing, drying, and having it on the boat ready to go with a full tank for your next dive. No need to haul around all of your equipment every day. We do ask that divers take their personal wetsuits and booties with them.
ScubaTony T-Shirts are $25 each
ScubaTony Eagle Ray Print Rashguards are $45 each
ScubaTony Hats are $25 each
Please ask your Divemaster to show you what we have available if you’re interested!
The best scuba diving professionals on the island!
Back in 1999 I got certified to dive and my life's path has never been the same. I love diving in all kinds of water and through my travels I have found Cozumel to be consistently the best diving. So I started ScubaTony and dedicated my life to creating the best dive service I could.
There is no way you could truly understand the sea unless you have lived and breathed below the surface. We look forward to showing you the world below the waves and I know that you will fall in love with this incredible environment as well.
Adam is the co-owner of ScubaTony. Hi! I came down to Cozumel in 2012 and became enchanted with Cozumel at first sight. Tony and I became friends and then partners in 2016. My dream of owning a dive operation in the Caribbean came true. Thankfully, it’s in Cozumel. Now I get to live my dream and dive and eat tacos all day. Luckily we have the best crew anywhere. I believe in treating people like old friends that I haven’t seen in a while, empowering people, honesty, and always growing to unlock a better version of myself. Here is to giving life 100% If there is anything you need while you're in Cozumel, don't hesitate to reach out to me. It would be great to meet you. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey, I’m Joei! I was born and raised in North Dakota, USA. I started diving as a teenager and knew one day I’d live in Cozumel & work in the dive industry. I moved to Cozumel in 2012 and worked as an Underwater Photographer, Videographer, Divemaster, and Instructor before starting my family. I still freelance as a Divemaster and Instructor when I’m not helping all the lovely ScubaTony divers with their reservations.
You will also get to meet Carlos, (aka Papo) our boat captain. He has over 18 years of experience operating different dive boats in Cozumel. He is the captain of the Chiquilla Bonita (our first boat) and has been since we bought it. He is a human GPS and knows the reefs here better than anyone. He is always there to help out. He watches the bubble and keeps us safe during the dive, then he is there to change out your tank and check your gear when you come up. Carlos is first to offer a fresh shower or a cold drink to make sure you are comfortable while on board the Chiquilla Bonita. We are very proud to have such a great captain to round out the Scubatony service above and below the water.
We are lucky to have Captain Hector (aka Mago) driving the Atila. He comes to us with many years of running dive boats in Cozumel. He is a true asset to our crew and knows the dive reefs like his back yard. He had helped me many hours preparing the new boat (Atila) and takes care of her like it was his own. He loves being on the water and loves to meet new people. He will take care of your gear and change out your tanks in between dives and be the first to offer a drink or warm towel when you surface. He is never outside far when you surface and quick to pick you up. I can't say enough about Hector. He is our energizer bunny. He never stops moving around. Always thinking and fixing stuff. I am very happy to have him with us. Don't forget to ask him why they call him Mago.
Hola, I’m Miguel! I’ve worked for almost 30 years as a captain for a few dive shops in Cozumel. I am married and have three children. I relax by watching movies with my family when I'm not working. We also love to go on family vacations. I play soccer which I enjoy a lot.
My name is Israel, I am from Mexico city, since I was a kid a was always fascinated by the underwater world (I used to put on a mask and look into a fish tank, so go figure!) I have been a Cozumeleño for the past 20 years, now I do what I love for a living: diving! I'm more than happy to help others enjoy this fascinating world! Come visit and let me show you!
I started diving 26 years ago and this has been my only job. I was a sailor and captain for 6 years. I loved taking divers to have fun. I never thought about diving for a living because I was a little scared. Thanks to the help and insistence of my first boss I did it and I loved it from the first time. Now after 16 years diving I still love it like the first time. It is a pleasure to do this kind of work.
Hi! I'm Cris, I'm a Brazilian instructor very passionate about teaching and taking people to what I like to call the underwater planet for the first time. My love for the ocean is extended to my students so my approach also includes marine life identification, environmental awareness, and sustainability. I can teach in Portuguese, Spanish, or English.
Hi I'm Pedro! Since I was a kid I always loved the ocean, I would spend hours watching Jacques Cousteau's documentaries or reading books about the sea. As soon as I was old enough to do a DSD I did it and I was hooked! After a short career in animation and visual arts, I decided to go back to what I loved as a kid and I became a dive profesional. I love diving in Cozumel and I love finding rare creatures, watching fish behaviour and sharing that with other people!
I am passionate about nature and all its wonders. When I discovered the underwater world, I immediately fell in love. I want everyone to try diving and take care of the ocean. I have a degree in agriculture, but my favorite gardens are Palancar ;) Before becoming a Scuba Instructor, I enjoyed being a kindergarten teacher. Now I use my teaching skills and patience to share my love of the ocean and diving!
I love to think that every day is a new adventure, which is what diving is for me- an adventure. It is also an excellent opportunity to show what Cozumel has to offer. I’ve been working in the dive industry for over ten years. I love to take divers to the best dive sites and ensure that our divers have an unforgettable vacation. In my time off, I like to spend time with my family and do weight training in the gym.
Hey, I'm Dona! I was born and raised in Mexico City but found my home in the fantastic colored Cozumel ocean 17 years ago. I love salsa dancing, cooking, dogs, backpacking, and of course, diving. I’m always happy to help our ScubaTony family have the best dive trip!
Hola, I’m Alex! I am originally from Tizimín, Yucatán state. My ocean adventure began in 2008 when I decided to start working as a Captain. I am thrilled to belong to the great Scuba Tony team- I aim to offer security, trust, and excellent service. My other favorite passions are music and the art of carpentry.
Hi, I'm Daniel, I'm a dive instructor from Brazil. I've worked in different countries like Thailand, Portugal and the Dominican Republic but I fell in love with Cozumel. I'm ready to show you the wonders of the Mexican Caribbean!
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*If you use Google Maps directions, it will route you to park in the wrong location. Please use the link below for driving directions.
See the map below for the location of our bodega.
We have made great friends over the years with boutique accommodations that we think you will love. Why stay in a crowded, overpriced All-Inclusive when you can have the privacy and intimate setting of a private condo or home- along with the personal service they offer for a similar price point? We have noticed an ugly trend with how the All-Inclusives do business, so we don’t recommend them to our divers.
Here, in no particular order are the best places to stay in Cozumel:
If luxury is what you’re looking for then check out some of the nicest villas in Cozumel.
How would you like to stay at the #1 rated vacation rental in Cozumel? For 5-star luxury and convenience, it's Casa Phoenix, where the ocean is at your back door
Check out Fulvio’s web site is you are looking for accommodation. He has a small company, with 30 vacation rental properties.
Do you like lounging poolside with a cold margarita and feeling the warm sun against your body? Now imagine waking up to a fresh cup of organic coffee from the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico and heading out to your own outdoor patio.
This highly ranked B&B is set among tranquil, tropical gardens and palapa roofs, offering privacy and relaxed surroundings. Furnished with vibrant local decor alongside luxury accommodations, guests have called Tamarindo their home in Cozumel for over 25 years!
Their vacation rentals are located a 15-minute walk from Rafael E. Melgar Avenue, considered the most important avenue in Cozumel, where you will find a wide variety of restaurants, shops, supermarkets, and ocean views.
We only offer to pick up divers by boat from these hotels, condos, and villas along the southern shoreline of the National Marine Park:
All divers who stay north of our departure location must board the boats at Marina Fonatur. We do not offer land transportation. ScubaTony Rental Vehicles are available if you would like to reserve one for traveling to & from Marina Fonatur. Check out our Car Rental blog post for more information.
The single most important thing that I can share with fellow divers is information about the current state of the ocean. I have often felt like the problems the ocean is facing are too big for me to change and I’ve felt quite hopeless. It’s sad to see a piece of plastic while I’m diving or whenever I go for a walk on the beach on the East side of the island, I take a trash bag because I know that there’s going to be a lot of plastic. Recently I got to meet George Cummings. He is one of 1500 ocean ambassadors to the UN. These 1500 people represent the voice of the ocean and it’s creatures and the UN has put the health of the ocean as a top priority and feels that if the ocean gets to the point beyond saving then the domino effect will be catastrophic and will cause the problems that were their top priority to get that much worse.
When asking George about his work this is what he shared, “Like the many problems of the Ocean, there are many Ocean SDG14 solution projects. I am standing on the shoulders of amazing people who have joined in an amazing collections of SDG17 partnerships from Austin, Cozumel, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, hundreds of exhibitors from the DEMA dive tradeshow, 100s of dive shops, dozens of dive certification and training groups, heads of SDG departments at Fortune 500 companies down to ultra small businesses, NGO groups, Universities, High schools, friends and family. However what SDG14 really needs is 8 billion Planet Ocean inhabitants working on the Ocean solutions. Sharing emails like this with UN Ocean solutions is one of my many SDG14 Ocean ambassador roles.
Here are some additional information that was shared with us to help spread the word about how to protect our oceans.
Pushing our oceans past the point of no return.
108 things you can do to help the environment.
Tips to protect coral reefs.
17 goals to transform our world.
Sustainable Development Goals Targets for life below water
Proposal for an international decade of ocean science for sustainable development.
As a small dive shop, please understand that our spaces are limited. We are often booked full weeks in advance, so last-minute cancellations hurt our business. We truly appreciate it when divers let us know if they can’t attend any reserved dives as soon as possible.
Any cancellation made within 24 hours of a divers’ scheduled dive is considered a last-minute cancellation, and divers will be responsible for paying for the cancelled dive(s). Rental gear or specialty tanks won’t be charged in the case of a last-minute cancellation. If a doctor’s note is provided in the case of a medical issue/emergency, last-minute cancellations will not be charged.
It Is Strictly Prohibited:
We reserve the right to refuse service to any diver whose behavior is believed to be a danger to the safe operation of the boat or is harmful to the reefs. Drinking alcohol and diving do not mix. If you want a beer or margarita, please wait until you are done diving for the day. Please respect our marine park rules to help keep Cozumel’s reefs healthy.
We are very much aware of your concerns about the privacy of your information. We do not intend to infringe on your privacy and will not provide your personal information to anyone else.
When you provide your personal information such as name, address, email address, and telephone number, we will not give or sell this information to any outside company for any use. The information you provide will be kept confidential and used only to support your customer relationship with us. We have appropriate security measures to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of information we have collected from you at our site.
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