This week of
diving in Cozumel has been great. Seemed to fly by fast as most dive
vacations do. Visibility has been very good. The
weather has been sunny. We met some great people on the dive boat. Kim
was certified as an advanced diver and the water has been NWN (no
wetsuit needed). 83 to 84 degrees. We got in 18 dives and spent a total
of 16.65 hours underwater That is an average 55.5 minutes per dive. Not
bad for drift diving where the whole group has to come up at the same
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Juvenile trunk fish (the pea-sized
black oval with yellow dots). We've been seeing a lot of these guys on
this trip. I saw 8 on one dive.
Our escort to the reef. This
dolphin swam in front of the bow for several minutes on one trip.
The reefs are very colorful.
More colorful coral reef.
Yellow sting ray.
A turtle tries to grab a meal but
is bothered by a group of angelfish.
Kim rolled overboard as Dianne and
Kristina talk about the upcoming dive.
A Queen Angelfish peeks out from
beneath a ledge of the reef.
A large fire worm traverses some
soft coral. Don't touch these guys. They will burn you worse than fire
coral. (thus the name).
Several small yellow fish hiding
in an anemone.
One of the many dramatic swim-throughs.
A tiny hermit crab hides in his
shell in the sand.
Another juvenile trunk fish.
Gregorian fans along the top of
A juvenile drum (black and white,
lower center), juvenile
angelfish (black and yellow) and a tiger wrasse (in front of angel and
above drum) share the same hiding place.
A honeycomb cowfish changes from brown/green
pattern to a blue to blend in with background as he swims away from the
camera. Notice the horns over the eyes.
A large turtle is awakened from
his afternoon nap by divers drifting by the nook in the coral where he
Purple tipped anemone with an
arrow crab beside it.
Two gray angelfish swim into the
current as we drift in the opposite direction.
Feather duster soft coral blowing
in the strong current. These are soft animals that come out of their
hiding places to feed on nutrients that flow by in the currents.
Kim watches the reef drift by
below her. At times we were moving pretty fast but many dives were slow
and leisurely to give her time use her magnifying glass to look at small
creatures. On one afternoon dive on Paradise Reef we spent 60 minutes
and only covered about 100 feet of the reef. The photographers and Kim
loved it. It gave us time to explore all the nooks and crannies of the
reef. But I think one of the divers was getting anxious to move on.
A very small juvenile puffer fish
blend in with the background.
Another juvenile puffer in the center
of this picture is even harder to see in this shot.
A young puffer fish is easier to
spot than the last two juveniles.
This queen trigger swam by.
A large southern sting ray swims
off into the blue.
Kim and Kristina watch a shark
escape through the coral.
A turtle swims up through the
Another queen trigger swims over
Another Juvenile Drum fish. I think Kim found at
least one of most dives. This one was hiding along with some brittle
starfish in the purple coral.
This anemone reflects the sunlight
deep under the sea.
Barracuda hovers over the reef.
Colorful coral head in the reef.
Another Juvenile trunk fish. It
seemed like these guys were everywhere. I didn't see my first juvenile
drum until I had been diving for over 5 years. This week I saw a couple
Colorful top to another large
We found this turtle down around
80 feet swimming between tall coral formations.
Kim can't wait to get to the dive
Check out the little spotted moray
eel poking his head out. He is in the lower center of the picture below
the brown Coney.
The reef seems to be reaching for
A nurse shark swims out over the
A French Angelfish searching for
something to eat.
Who knew that Queen Trigger Fish
liked to eat Lionfish?
OK. This will be the last juvenile
trunk fish, but I have lots more pictures of them.
Tiny Harlequin shrimp hides in the
The colorful walls of coral life
went on as far one could see.
This hermit crab stopped eating
long enough to pose for the camera.
This is the same crab as above.
check out those blue eyes.
A large southern stingray glides
along the reef below.
Another beautiful swim through.
A Splendid Toadfish peaks out from
his hiding place. These guys are seen more often along the barrier reef
in Mexico and Central America (Roatan, Utila, Belize)
A different Splendid Toadfish
comes half way out of his cave to see the divers fly past.
Another hermit crab moves along
Another example of the vibrant
colors on the reef.
A southern stingray swims below
Graceful synchronized swimming by
two juvenile drums.
Dive is over. Time for the safety
stop before we go to the surface. Kim gets in 3 to 5 minutes of Yoga
during her safety stop as she demonstrates the excellent buoyancy skills
of an Advanced Diver.
All meals were included at the
all-you-can-eat buffet. They had refried beans at every meal, of course.
The meals were always good but one night they had an entre prepared
especially for my dive group.
Dive Paradise Reef
Palancar Little Caves
Punta Tunick Reef
Santa Rosa Wall
Punta Tunick Reef
To see pictures from other dive
trips, click on the button below to go to my SCUBA page. It has links to
other pages of pictures and dive reports from many different dive trips
over the years.