Ariel photo Presidente InterContinental Cozumel

Resort Report: Presidente InterContinental Cozumel and Scuba Du

If you want to add an extra touch of class and luxury to your Cozumel dive vacation, this is the place. The Presidente InterContinental is an island landmark that offers a five-star lodging experience in a relaxing setting, with fine dining options, a wealth of amenities and first-class diving services from on-site provider Scuba Du.

Presidente InterContinental Cozumel beachfront
The Presidente waterfront features a private white-sand beach set in a cove between two of the resorts signature waterfront restaurants

The Resort

The resort sits on a beach mid-island, convenient to town and the airport, but well away from waterfront development and cruise ship docks. This location also puts dive boats within range of all the most popular sites, from the southern reefs to Chakanaab and the signature Felipe Xicotencatl shipwreck. Tidy landscaping contrasts with surrounding jungle and the Caribbean, with a small marina flanking the property to the north.

Over the years, the Presidente has benefitted from a series of ongoing updates that have kept the property fresh and posh. The most recent renovation in the summer of 2016 included new room décors and furniture, updated bathrooms, and the addition of outdoor showers in some rooms. Beachside, there is a new infinity pool and hot tubs, private palapas and an new open-air restaurant and beach bar. These upgrades complement exising amenities that include a premier spa, fitness center and tennis courts and water sports.

Presidente InterContinental Cozumel restaurant
The resort's Caribeno restaurant serves up ocean views


Accommodation choices range from garden-view rooms with private patios to spectacular beachfront suites with whirlpool tubs facing the water. All offer comfort touches such as premium bedding and pillows, marble baths, flat-screen televisions and in-room expresso machines. Dining options include the Caribeño restaurant, which offers Mexican and international favorites with a panoramic view from a giant seaside palapa set over the water. The Alfredo di Roma specialty restaurant serves authentic Italian food and the Faro Blanco delivers coastal specialties accented with home grown organic herbs. The latest addition to the roster is the Le Cap Beach, beach bar and grill, which serves up casual fare with water views.

Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Oceanfront Suite
An oceanfront suite at the Presidente, with a private terrace positioned for sunset views

The Diving

Some of Cozumel's best snorkeling and shore diving begins just off the Presidente InterContinental's beach. But the real attraction for divers is the on-site presence of Scuba Du, which for more than 25 years has remained as one of Cozumel's top-rated dive operators. In keeping with the resort's culture of five-star service, the dive staff delivers concierge diving service that combines professional, attentive assistance with individually-appropriate levels of diving freedom. This makes Scuba Du an ideal choice for new divers, and an equally attractive option for experienced and advanced enthusiasts who prefer an underwater experience that is safe but not restrictive.

Cozumel diver with turtle
Divers can swim right from the beach to discover shallow reefs filled with marine life

With five fast, modern dive boats ranging from 28 to 37 feet in length, Scuba Du can arrange daily schedules to accommodate divers of varying interests and skill levels, as well as groups. All boats provide shaded seating, ample gear storage and large boarding ladders, and are equipped with DAN oxygen units. The three larger boats also offer bathrooms and freshwater showers, and though licensed for 16 passengers, they carry no more than 10 to 12 divers. The two fast outboard-powered boats carry a maximum of eight divers. To reduce plastic waste, guests are provided with a souvenir water bottle on arrival, which they can refill and reuse through their dive vacation.

Cozumel wreck dive
The Felipe Xicotencatl shipwreck is one of many prime dive sites visited by Scuba Du

Start Planning Your Presidente InterContinental Experience

Caradonna has created special stay-and-dive packages with Presidente InterContinental and Scuba Du. These packages represent a significant value, as they allow divers a unique chance to experience Cozumel's premier beach resort and dive operation without the premium price. To learn more, call one of our experienced agents at 800-329-9989 or send a note to We can answer all of your questions and arrange all details of your trip, including finding the best airfares and routes.

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Presidente InterContinental Resort

A unique hideaway, secluded and surrounded by lush vegetation and turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, situated on a half mile stretch of private sand beach, only minutes from the abundant coral reefs. The 220 rooms and suites boats LCD-TV, WiFi, MP3. Three restaurant options for dining.
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