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Felipe Xicotencatl Shipwreck
Ranked #64 of 159 things to do in Cozumel
Type: Other
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Brentwood, California
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

From being to end this was an awesome dive. We felt very safe and with WE B Diving the tour of the ship was outstanding. This is the top of my list of dives. We will be coming back next year to dive the wreck again.

Visited February 2014
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Hamilton, Bermuda
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“A must-do if you're diving in Cozumel (better for intermediate or higher-level divers though)”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

My husband and I were told about this wreck from friends who had dove it. It seems to be the only wreck in Cozumel, so no one calls it by name and it is just known as the "wreck".

As we both love wrecks, we went with Scuba Club Cozumel (SCC) who have a charter there every afternoon at 3pm (as long as they have 4 people or more going). One guide for every 4 divers was perfect, as there were 12 guests going out that day. Scuba Club Cozumel seem to be the only operation that have a dedicated dive to this, as all the other dive shops say they'll go, but only by request and if there are enough people who want to do it. Well, that will never happen with boats of 10+ people on these boats sometimes, so going with SCC is the best chance to go. The Aldora dive shop also said they would do it with advance notice so that might be an option too, but SCC was just fine for us.

The deepest part is around 70 feet, which makes for plenty of time to penetrate and work your way all around the ship. There are some tight turns which is why I feel it's good to go if you have a few dives under your belt and aren't claustrophobic. The best advice if you do it if leave plenty of space in front of you as this will make it easier to take your time around the tight corners. For most of the dive, the space is fine, and if you're enthusiastic about wreck diving, it's a fantastic time!

There are three levels, 2 engine rooms, and the famous bathroom with four stalls which is a great picture opportunity. You start on the bottom and work your way up. There are many rooms, and also 2 lines leading up to the buoys on the surface so going up/down from the wreck is usually not a problem. There were some other divers just leaving the wreck when we got there, so we descended freely then used the line to go back up. There wasn't much current so it wasn't an issue even without using the lines. Also, you probably don't need nitrox for the dive but it's an option. We had done two morning dives earlier that day and it wasn't an issue for us.

In the end, I would do it again as it was a very enjoyable and one of the better wrecks I've done. It's always more fun when you can actually penetrate it and I felt we went through the whole ship, which was awesome!

Visited November 2013
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
“Fun Wreck Dive for the Intermediate Diver”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

This is a super easy wreck dive if you are an intermediate to advanced diver. Its really not too deep and there is no need for wreck diving certification as they have BIG holes cut into the sides of the ship for a fast exit. Always have to be careful not to hit sharp edges and buoyancy control is a must. As previously stated currents can be strong at times. Fun dive. It is amazing the life that is at the wreck now as I have had the privilege of diving it since the beginning.

Visited April 2013
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“Enjoyable accessible wreck dive”
Reviewed 8 September 2012

We love diving the Felipe Xicotencatl and have penetrated the wreck a couple of times with our dive guide. This dive is fairly deep at 77 feet, so it's important to watch your bottom times, but underwater photographers have plenty of opportunities to snap great pics of lobster (inside the wreck), mackerel and jacks, and the occasional ray in the sand near the bottom. The wreck is well preserved, but divers should ALWAYS dive within their limits and abilities. This is a great first wreck dive (with a guide).

Visited April 2012
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141 attraction reviews
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“Very good - amazing in 20 years”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

We did a private dive of the wreck. It was quite nice. I would say this is not for beginners because some spaces are quite tight and there are some very sharp (and rusty) edges. I strongly recommend to wear a full wetsuit and to have a tetanus shot just in case.

It is a pretty neat sunken ship, there is already a quite a bit of marine life. Especially the garden eels in the sand bank are neat.

Visited July 2012
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