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Santa Rosa Wall, Everything a Diver Needs to Know About It

Santa Rosa Wall - Main - pared santa rosa

In today’s article, we talk about the Santa Rosa wall. We will go over the technical conditions to dive this Cozumel reef, the dive route, and we tell you what it feels like to dive Cozumel’s most famous coral wall.

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Santa Rosa Wall Facts

The Santa Rosa wall is part of the Great Mayan Reef. It is a drop-off into the blue located southwest of the island of Cozumel.

– The Santa Rosa Wall is near San Miguel and only 10 minutes by boat from the Dressel Divers base.

-Yes, it is a boat access dive.

-It is a drift dive with a moderate/high current.

-The visibility there is spectacular and exceeds 30m/98ft.

-The Santa Rosa Wall starts at 50ft/15m and descends to 3000ft/915m.

So, it is a dive advisable for medium-level divers or more. If you choose diving the Santa Rosa Wall with Dressel Divers, the dive has this depth range (72-82 ft / 22-25 m.) This is because you can see the best specimens of marine life and brightly colored sponges at that depth.

What Is It Like to Dive on the Santa Rosa Wall?

If you want to fly on the dizzying drop of the Santa Rosa Wall, read on, I have a story to tell you.

It is Loise’s story; she fell in love with scuba many years ago, so when she came to Cozumel for the very first time, she was looking for unique experiences. In this way, she arrived at the Dressel Divers desk, and there, she was offered to dive the Santa Rosa wall. She listened attentively.

─ The dive starts in a sandy area, but as you progress, you will see how the wall slopes dramatically into a profusion of coral structures. ─ PR said.

─ Wow! It sounds like magic ─ Loise replied.

─ The best part is that since we leave from this pier ─ The PR said, raising his finger to point just in front of her ─ The boat ride is super short.

santa rosa wall pic - pared de santa rosa

Loise didn’t hesitate. She booked the Santa Rosa wall dive with her favorite dive buddy, her husband, Paul.

The current was moderate, and they flew with it admiring colorful corals, gliding through coral tunnels, and resting from time to time in areas with large overhangs to hide from the current along the way.

On one such occasion, Loise happened to look up. She was totally impressed. She admired the beautiful giant sea fans and bright orange tube sponges dotting the wall in a magical backlight.

Marine life also played its part in contributing to the magic: queen and French angelfish, hawksbill turtles, eagle rays, parrotfish of all species. And even a golden-tail moray eel came out of its hole. It looked at Loise, opened its mouth, and greeted the couple.

However, Loise tells people another story. She says: “That moray put a spell on me to come back to visit her”.

Maybe it is true, maybe it is just an excuse; the thing is that Loise and her husband return to Cozumel every year, and always, always, always dive the Rosa’s Santa Wall.


MONDAY Cozumel Dive Planning *

8:15 a.m. Palancar Gardens (8-18 mts / 26-60 ft)
10:15 a.m. Santa Rosa Wall (22-25 mts / 72-82 ft)
1:30 p.m. Yucab Reef (15-18 mts / 50-60 ft)
3:15 p.m. Albertos (15 mts / 50 ft)
Night Dive Punta Dalila (minimum 4 pax)

* See notes

TUESDAY Cozumel Dive Planning *

8:15 a.m. Cedra Wall (22-24 mts / 72-79 ft)
10:15 a.m. Punta Dalila (17 mts / 56 ft)
1:30 p.m. San Francisco Wall (15 mts / 50 ft)
3:15 p.m. Punta Francesa (15 mts / 50 ft)

* See notes

WEDNESDAY Cozumel Dive Planning *

8:15 a.m. Tormento Reef (15-18 mts / 50-60 ft)
10:15 a.m. Paso del Cedral (22-24 mts / 72-79 ft)
1:30 p.m. Punta Tunich (15-36 mts / 50-120 ft)
3:15 p.m. San Rosa Reef (15 mts / 50 ft)
Night Dive Punta Francesa (15 mts / 50 ft)

* See notes

THURSDAY Cozumel Dive Planning *

8:15 a.m. Santa Rosa Wall (22-25 mts / 72-82 ft)
10:15 a.m. Jurassic Park (12 mts / 40 ft)
1:30 p.m. Palancar Gardens (8-18 mts / 26-60 ft)
3:15 p.m. Punta Dalila (17 mts / 56 ft)

* See notes

FRIDAY Cozumel Dive Planning *

8:15 a.m. Punta Tunich / Punta Sur
10:15 a.m. Albertos (15 mts / 50 ft)
1:30 p.m. Cedral Wall (22-24 mts / 72-79 ft)
3:15 p.m. Palancar Horsehoe (22-24 mts / 72-79 ft)
Night Dive Colombia Shallow (12 mts / 40 ft)

* See notes

SATURDAY Cozumel Dive Planning *

8:15 a.m. San Francisco Wall  (15 mts / 50 ft)
10:15 a.m. Punta Francesa (15 mts / 50 ft)
1:15 p.m. Palancar Gardens (8-18 mts / 26-60 ft)
3:15 p.m. Santa Rosa Reef (15 mts / 50 ft)

* See notes

SUNDAY Cozumel Dive Planning *

8:15 a.m. Yucab Reef (15-18 mts / 50-60 ft)
10:15 a.m. Punta Dalila (17 mts / 56 ft)
1:15 p.m. Santa Rosa Wall (22-25 mts / 72-82 ft)
3:15 p.m. Jurassic Park (12 mts / 40 ft)

* See notes

  • The 08:15 a.m.  and 1:15 p.m. departures offer  divers the option of doing a TWO-TANK DIVE  or a SINGLE-TANK DIVE.
  • Divers on the 10:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. departures can only do a  SINGLE-TANK DIVE.
  • Departure times and dive sites are very unlikely to change, but may be modified in specifics situation (strong currents, weather, etc.).
  • No need to plan your dive dates and times before arrival. Dives can be planned when you get there with our dive center staff.
  • We will always try to make sure you do not visit the same dive site more than once unless your specifically ask to do so.
  • Most dive sites are approximately 10 minutes away by boat.
  • All dives with Dressel are boat dives. Because our dive shop is located within Cozumel´s Marine Park  shore dives are not permitted.
  • Night dives are usually at Punta Dalila, Colombia or Punta Francesa.
  • Flashlight and glow sticks are mandatory for Night Dives
  • Pool sessions for students are held in the morning, and followed by a double-tank dive in the afternoon (1:00 p.m. dive at Columbia Shallows and following dive at Palancar Gardens).