Diving in Cozumel master
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Diving in Cozumel
Paradise Reef – is located south of the Puerta Maya Cruise ship pier and is the first reef as you enter the Marie Park. It consists of long back-bone like ridges that run parallel to the shore. The maximum depth of this dive site is 45 feet. Currents on this site normally run south to north. The three areas of this dive site are filled with loads of marine life like Sergeant Majors, Grunts, Snappers, Angel fish, along with sponges and gorgonians. This site is also famous for the inhabitants of Splendid Toadfish that seem to just hang out underneath ledges and crevasses in numerous areas.
Las Palmas – is named after the three palm trees that established the southern end of the reef. There is only one tree that remains. The depth for this dive site is 40 to 50 feet with a sharp drop into the deep blue. The reef is spotted with sponges, gorgonians, soft corals, and small coral heads. The Marine life at this site has included small shrimps, crabs, Honeycombed Cowfish and a seahorse or two. Also seen is the Splendid Toadfish. Currents at this site can be unpredictable at times.
Chankanaab Shallow – is in front of Chankanaab Park, this is a shallow platform reef with mild currents and a maximum depth of 40 feet. The currents typically run north to south. There is a flat sandy bottom at one end of this site; this is where the King Crabs, Spiny Lobsters and Spotted Moray eels tend to hang out. This site is also a popular Night Dive site because the large numbers of Octopus and Reef Squid.
Chankanaab Bolones – is a flat sandy bottom and depths that are from 60 to 80 feet. Currents here are often mild. The marine life seen on this reef includes King Crabs, Spiny Lobsters, Moray eels, and often Eagle Rays are seen accented by huge amounts of tropical fish.
C-53 Felipe Xicotenantl Wreck – this 184 foot long Mexican Navy Minesweeper was sunk in June 2000. C-53 is in 80 feet of water and sits on the sandy bottom in Chankanaab Bay. The sides have been opened up to allow divers to enter and exit safely. This artificial reef is home to Sardines, and other reef fish.
Tormentos – this reef is rich with coral and has an abundance of Marine life like the Pike Blennies, Pipe fish, Yellow Jaw-fish, and Splendid Toadfish. There are also plenty of Moray eels and crustaceans for you to feast your eyes on. This dive site is 50 feet with the northern are at approximately 60 feet.
Yucab – is a dive site that is approximately 50 feet in depth with strong currents most of the year. The marine life includes Octopus, Scorpion fish, Lobsters, and the Splendid Toadfish. Northern portion of the site is divided by sand channels that give divers other areas to explore.
Punta Tunich – has strong and turbulent currents which are recommend for experienced divers. The site has a depth from 60 feet to 80 feet. On occasions there is a Nurse Sharks swimming in the area as well as Eagle Rays and Barracuda. Splendid Toadfish and Sea horse are often seen along the wall.
San Francisco – is a wall dive that slopes to 40 feet to 70 feet it then drops of into the deep blue. This is a frequent area for Turtles, Eagle Rays, and Nurse Sharks and sometimes a Black Tip Reef Shark will make an appearance. In the northern area of the wall you can see Green Moray eels.
Santa Rosa – this is a common Cozumel wall dive that will go all the way to the Deep blue and the currents are unpredictable this dive site is recommended for intermediate divers. The most common sightings are Horse Eyed jacks, Lobsters and Black Grouper.
Paso Del Cedral – named after the Mayan settlement inland from Cedral Beach. The depths of this site are 30 feet to 60 feet at this wall, and currents range from Moderate to strong. There are incredible swim-throughs with coral mounds and lot of overhangs that are the favorite spot for the Juvenile Spotted Drum. Barracuda, Green Moray eels and large grouper are commonly seen in the area.
La Francesa – this is a shallow dive site and commonly has Pipe fish, Splendid Toadfish and Nurse Sharks, Eagle Rays and Sting Rays. The currents can be strong, but most of the time they are moderate. The Corals range from Cup, and Flower coral to huge colonies.
Palancar Gardens – is the most northern reef of the Palancar Dive sites. This wall dive is ideal for first time wall divers. The channels and breaks provide a lot of different approaches to dive this site. The depth ranges from 50 feet to 70 feet. This provides a barrier between the coral and the edge of the Deep blue. The varieties of marine life include Midnight Parrot fish, butterfly fish, and French Angel fish.
Palancar Horseshoe – got its name from the shape of the natural U- shaped coral. The dive site is at approximately 80 feet to 90 feet. The marine life that lives in the area includes Blue Tangs, Parrot Fish, and many other reef fish. There are an abundance of swim- throughs and tunnels to explore.
Palancar Caves – this dive site is located between Palancar Bricks and Palancar Horseshoe. The pinnacles have grown to form tunnels and coral caverns the light beams through so that it is a well-lit enough to navigate the awesome site. This site is approximately 80 feet to 90 feet. Turtles are a common sight in this area as well as Eagle Rays and Nurse Sharks.
Palancar Bricks – is the most southern point in the four Palancar dive sites. The name of the site comes from the barge that spilled red brick cargo when it was capsized in the 1950’s. This dive site is approximately 100 feet in depth. The life that inhabits this are includes Juvenile Spanish Hogfish, Hawksbill Turtles, and large Groupers.
Colombia Deep – is a dive site with unpredictable currents and depths well in to the 100 foot range. This site has many swim-throughs. There are many sightings of passing Pelagics, Stingrays and Sea Turtles in the Deep Blue. This site is loaded with soft corals, Sponges and has lots of color.
Colombia Shallow – this dive site is located in the turquoise blue water opposite Colombia Lagoon. The depth of this site is at approximately 30 feet. the reef life includes schools of Snappers and most species of tropical fish found in Cozumel.
Punta Sur – is also known as Devil’s Throat, because of the popular swim-through that is lined with red sponges. It is from 80 feet and at a 45 degree angle. The exit of this spectacular feature is at 130 feet into the Deep Blue. Once you exit the swim-through you enter a “Chamber” known as Little Cathedral where the light hits a cross shaped sponge. The most common marine life at this site is the Southern Stingrays.
Punta Sur Cathedral – this dive site is at approximately 70 feet to 100 feet. You reach a cavern with vaulted ceilings that sunlight beam down through the cracks with a bright blue opening that lead you out of the cavern. The common sightings here are Eagle Rays, Turtles, and Nurse Sharks.
Chaun-Chacaab – this site is rarely visited because it is remote and unpredictable currents. The maximum depth for this site is 80 feet. The reef life includes Sea Fans, Bermuda Chubs, Snapper and Hawksbill Turtles. On the sandy bottom of this site you could see Southern Sting Rays as well as Sea Stars.