Two of the Best Dive Sites in Cozumel are full of Sea Turtles!

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The Palancar Reef System is amazing.

Dive sites on Cozumel often have turtles! I always love diving El Paso de Cedral (Cedar Pass) and the Palancar Reefs. I cannot think of a single trip I have taken to Cozumel when I didn’t dive them more than once. Palancar is beautiful, full of colorful coral and sponges (and turtles!). Palancar Reef is so large it is split into four sections: Palancar Gardens, Palancar Horseshoe, Palancar Caves and Palancar Pinnacles. The mountains and colors of the reef never cease to awe me. Huge pinnacles come up from the depths and take one’s breath away. I wish I had the ability to translate it into images. Cedar Pass, on the other hand, is a basically flat area with no large coral, but it does have a lot of small coral head areas, and under the ledges are some pretty amazing creatures! And I don’t think I’ve ever been on the reef without seeing turtles and a nurse shark or two. These reefs could not be more different, yet each is a fabulous dive site. Take a look!

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Palancar Horseshow, sponge and coral under an overhang.

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Beautiful branching coral at Palancar.

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Turtles like Palancar as well. Lots of sponge to eat.

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Lobster in recess on one of the pinnacles of coral.

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The colors awe me.

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Hello.

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This mural sits on the sand of Palancar Gardens.

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Palancar Garden sandy areas are also critter filled. I love watching rays fly!

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These Blue Striped Grunts are hanging out in a recessed area on Palancar Gardens

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Cedar Pass is also full of turtles!

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A beautiful Hawksbill flying by.

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A Smooth Trunkfish with the cutest lips ever!

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Every little recess or coral head on Cedar Pass seems to have residents!

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Another resident, this one is huge, you can see the tail lying in front of its head!

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There is a lot of action on Cedar Pass.

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HUGE Channel Crab, we hung out with it for quite a while since it was eating and moving around.

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Such a claw!

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Cool crab!

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Nom

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Such a face!

Children of all ages love to look at fish faces! My first book, All Fish Faces, is an introduction to species living all over the planet, and fun facts about them. And of course, cool photos of fish faces! Meeting our fishy friends face to face can only help people understand and love our oceans.

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. Wonderful pictures. I’ve been diving Cozumel reefs several times but haven’t seen that many turtles. Time to return.

  2. Kathy Rodriguez says:

    I absolutely love you blogs Tam – personally I’ve not the time nor the money to afford such follies- As always reading takes me on adventures like this which is why I love to read! Your sharing is priceless. Thanks!

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