The Best Part of Cozumel is Underwater

This is the last of Cozumel series for now.  And of course, I saved the best for last.  🙂  We dive all over the world, but mostly in the Caribbean.  Hands down, the diving in Cozumel is the best!  It has everything we look for when diving – beautiful clear blue/turquoise  warm water; a very healthy reef system; lots of marine life, both large and small; beautiful corals; gorgeous swim throughs and topography and oh so much more.  We encounter divers all the time, and everywhere we go, everyone agrees, Cozumel is the best.

Diving with Julio.  Julio, along with his partner Ishi, are the best divemasters in Cozumel.  They know the water like no one else.   They are so passionate about their diving and it comes through with everything they do.  Julio and Ishi are the ONLY divemasters  we dive with while diving in Cozumel.

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Cozumel is located in the Northwestern portion of the Caribbean.  It is the same reef system that runs through Belize and Roatan, Honduras as well.   The same fish and sealife is found all throughout the Caribbean waters.  When we dive these waters, it is like coming home to all the “familiar and friendly faces” and it is very comforting to see all my “old friends” from the sea.  This is a trumpet fish.  They come in yellow and blue as well.

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Beautiful French angel fish.

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A porcupine fish just cruisin’ along.

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Spotfin butterfly fish.

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A lemon ray.

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A big grande barracuda at a cleaning station.

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A friendly hawksbill turtle.  He was a big guy.  Usually turtles in the Caribbean are not nearly as big as they are in Hawai’i and the pacific waters, but we saw some very big turtles this trip.

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A large resting nurse shark.  He was probably about 8 feet long.  The nurse sharks are the “puppies” of the sea.  They are so friendly and gentle.  I love the sharks.  In Belize, I was dubbed the shark whisperer because they always came right up to me to say hi.

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A beautiful eagle ray.  We saw quite a few, very large eagle rays even though it is very late in the season for them.  I love the eagle rays.  They are so graceful and majestic.

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A very large green moray.  We saw a whole bunch of very large green morays.

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One of my favorites, a juvenile spotted drum.

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A school of French grunts.

DCIM100MEDIAI could go on and on and on, ad nauseam since diving and the life underwater is my passion, but I will not.  I will spare you all my fishey friends.  Even my own husband doesn’t understand this passion of mine.  He says I am “a frustrated marine biologist wanna-be”.  I definitely think he is on to something too.  There are plenty more dive trips in my future, which means there will be plenty more opportunities for me to share my other passion, without overwhelming you and/or boring you to death.  So I will leave you with a couple of fun pictures that are of a fish of a different kind.

The kiss.

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We found a hat at the bottom, and just couldn’t resist having some fun with it before bringing it back up to the surface.  And so ends my series on Cozumel.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed sharing with all of you.  Until next time ….

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Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

23 thoughts on “The Best Part of Cozumel is Underwater”

      1. When we were in Grand Cayman, I was about chest deep in the ocean and I had a Bonefish come straight at me. I thought it was a little shark at first and I freaked out. 🙂 After I realized it was a fish, I calmed down & looked through the water and the Bonefish was swimming around me and between my legs eating a school of tiny fish that were using me as cover. The Bonefish never touched me even though it was zipping around me so fast. Scary at first, then funny. The water was so clear too! We were on a cruise at that time. We would have gone to Cozumel too, but they said the port was out due to hurricane damage, so we spent a day out at sea before going to Grand Cayman. That was years ago in the early 2000s. By the way, what is the biggest and scariest shark you have ever seen while diving?

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  1. Hat at the bottom? Weird, but definitely fun photo opportunity.
    The lemon rays look fascinating.
    Great pics overall.
    What’s the dangerous thing you’ve experienced underwater (animal, equipment issues, etc.)?

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    1. It was kind of strange to see a hat at the bottom of the ocean, but of course I was going to have fun with it. I have certainly had equipment issues, but not too many, and hardly any negative experiences with the animals either. The most dangerous part of diving is diving with stupid people. 🙂

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