I learned to plant and save our coral during my Cozumel trip in September 2018. I now have a Coral Reef Conservation Specialty from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), and I am ready to travel to help save our reefs! [Read more…] about How I Learned to Plant and Save Our Coral
I have more photos for you from fabulous Cozumel diving in September! Sunsets are always amazing, but sunrise can also take your breath away! Here are some beautiful photos of diving Cozumel. [Read more…] about More Fabulous Cozumel Diving from September 2018!
Cozumel diving was fantastic last month! I have always loved the diving in Cozumel, but never more than now! Shore diving has become my favorite diving, but I still love the boat and drift dives, too. It has been so much fun to dive the shallow shore line and discover the little critters who live there, and that no one ever sees! Check out these fabulous finds! Diving with Mario Ceh of Scuba with Mario is always an adventure. He has sharp eyes and sees what others miss…lucky for me!
I’ve been diving here for longer than I want to admit (30 years!), but there is always something new! That is always exciting for divers. Cozumel is famous for incredible, towering pinnacles of coral, so beautiful and so colorful it is a wonder to see. Turtles, eels, nurse sharks, fish…and the amazing drift diving is always a draw. When the Cozumel drift is just right, you barely have to kick, drifting happily down the reef, where the boat will always be waiting to pick you up. Fabulous!
However, I have been concentrating on shore diving. I’ve done shore dives before, but I have found a spot, known to locals and expats in Cozumel, where I have seen animals I never knew existed here. I have been going to a shore dive spot off of the Tikila Restaurant, north of the international port. Mario, of Scuba with Mario, has introduced me to an exciting array of critters I am thoroughly enjoying…I can’t get enough of them! He is a terrific dive master and instructor, and I highly recommend him for anyone wanting to try diving, see Cozumel’s critter diving, or divers looking for superior customer service. He is a terrific photographer and shares his photos with his customers. Going to Cozumel? Be sure to get in touch with him.
Diving off Tikila is shallow, under 25 feet, which is great for those who want endless bottom time and lengthy dives. My dives are generally 90 minutes or so, and I love photographing the small critters I never really saw much of before, if I saw them at all. You don’t have to be a diver to enjoy the area, the snorkeling is awesome, too. Be sure to check it out next time you go to the island!
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Do you love the little creatures in the sea? You can find them in amazing Cozumel! Most divers who have traveled to several oceans are familiar with the term, “muck diving”. Muck diving is exactly what it sounds like, diving in muddy, silty substrate which can include coral skeletons and garbage. In such an environment, divers and particularly photographers, can find amazing little creatures and unusual fish. I am not saying that Cozumel has “muck”, but it certainly has shallow dive sites off the shore filled with amazing little critters!
And the rest of these photographs were taken on amazing Cozumel shore dives!
I have done a few shore dives with Mario, of Scuba with Mario. He has incredible eyes, and can find amazingly small critters! Truthfully, my eyes are so bad I can’t find the tiny, tiny stuff even though I wear a prescription mask. I’ve worn glasses since 3rd grade, but in the last couple of years my sight has really declined. I’m grateful when I dive with people who have great sight! I cannot believe some of the animals I saw with Mario…many for the first time!
The moral of the story is: don’t let anyone tell you you cannot find the little critters in Cozumel! As you can see, they are definitely there.
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Columbia Deeps and Columbia Shallows! Cozumel is a well known diving destination. Jacques Cousteau put Cozumel on the map in 1960, and he did a documentary about the mesoamerican reef, of which Cozumel’s reefs are a part. There are many beautiful dive sites on Cozumel, but I have to say that I love diving Columbia Reef. Columbia is quite far south off the island, and therefore it is never loaded with divers the way Palancar often is. The coral mountains of Columbia are breathtaking, and the shallow area is full of life. I think these photos will show you why I love it so much!
Isn’t it amazing to contemplate that we know more about the planets in our galaxy than we do about our own oceans? Our oceans are in terrible danger, and we must start doing more. There is a new documentary out that everyone should watch. I was interviewed for it but didn’t make the final cut. Check out Chasing Coral on Netflix. I have been in many of the places depicted, and I have seen the damage that climate change is doing. Yes, climate change is real. We must start paying attention.