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Cozumel Coral Reef Restoration Program

We aim to restore coral reefs and promote research and marine educational programs. 

Donate Today 

Your generous contribution can make a significant difference in the restoration and preservation of the coral reefs in Cozumel, Mexico. At CCRRP, we are dedicated to reviving the coral reefs, creating thriving coral gardens, and enhancing the overall well-being of marine life.


Help us achieve our goal!

The CCRRP is a non-profit, which operates off donations from people like you! The coral reefs of Cozumel are facing numerous threats, including climate change, pollution, & cruise ship port construction.

By donating to CCRRP, you can help us continue our work & fund future conservation projects, contributing to the preservation of this natural gem for future generations.


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Dr. German Mendez founded the Cozumel Coral Reef Restoration Program in 2017. Our mission is to conserve and restore all coral species endemic to Cozumel, from the human damage caused by unsustainable development, overtourism, and climate change.

We grow and restore damaged corals in our aquarium and coral garden. Once the corals are fully resorted, we plant them in the nearby Villablanca Reef. We have built 29 coral restoration platforms and restored 10,000+ corals to date!

We conduct research and conservation studies regrading coral reproduction, diseases, and water contamination. We also offer educational programs to both tourists and Cozumeleños, empowering them to help us protect and regenerate their coral reefs.




Trained Volunteers



Coral Platforms

Corals Restored


Our Courses



Water Diver 

3 days with 5 dives

The prerequisite for all other diving certifications, we will give you the training and equipment you'll need in the scenic backdrop of our coral garden.

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PADI Coral Reef Conservation 

2 days with 4 dives

You will gain advanced knowledge on coral conservation, the reef ecosystem, and the skills needed to volunteer with us. Open Water Diver certification required.

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PADI Research Diver

5 days with 7 dives


Learn how to monitor how corals are growing and evaluate how they are adapting over periods of time in our coral garden and reef restoration area. 


Coral Garden Snorkelling Tour

2 hours

Start with a lesson on Cozumel's marine ecology before exploring our coral garden, reef restoration area, and the Mesoamerican Reef ecosystem first-hand.

Current and Upcoming Forecast 
in Cozumel Mexico

Bad weather can force us to cancel your dive
Diving is most importantly about safety. When the North winds become too severe, the Cozumel habour master closes the port to all underwater activities, cancelling your dive.

If the dive is canceled updates will be sent to participants via email or whatsapp as soon as possible, with options provided to either reschedule your course or receive a refund.

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Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the CCRRP. We have opportunities of varying lengths, be they families visiting for a day, resident divers who want to give back to the reef, or students doing an months long internship. Many foreign volunteers have become return visitors, travelling to Cozumel yearly to see how much the corals they've planted have grown!




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KM 3.2 Carr. Costera Sur,

San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico

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