Two days ago David Knisley and I returned from a week-long trip to Cozumel, Mexico. We stayed at the Sabor Cozumel Resort and Spa and went diving on five consecutive days with Dive Palancar, the on-site operator at the resort. The island and the reef look better and better every time we visit following Hurricane Wilma’s hit in 2006.
We think the diving off Cozumel is fantastic. The deep reefs are majestic. Although the shallower reefs reportedly took the worst that Wilma had to offer, what we found there last week included plenty of healthy coral, dozens of huge lobsters, sharks, turtles, spotted eagle rays, octopi, stingrays, lionfish (boo!), huge green morays, spotted morays, crabs, and the elusive splendid toadfish that can be found only in Cozumel. I did my best to get some good photos which can be seen on the Photos part of the Project Ocean site and on Flickr.
One of our major goals while on this trip was to take count of the number of turtles and sharks that were observed on each dive so this data can be compared to other dive sites we will be visiting this year and subsequent visits we hope to make to Cozumel. Below you will see this results.
- Sharks 1 – Turtles 0 (Santa Rosa Wall)
- Sharks 1 – Turtles 1 (Cedral Pass)
- Sharks 0 – Turtles 1 (Palancar Gardens)
- Sharks 1 – Turtles 0 (San Francisco Wall)
- Sharks 0 – Turtles 1 (Punta Tunich)
- Sharks 0 – Turtles 0 (Santa Rosa Shallow)
- Sharks 2 – Turtles 0 (Palancar Bricks)
- Sharks 2 – Turtles 0 (Santa Rosa Shallow)
- Sharks 0 – Turtles 1 (Palancar Caves)
- Sharks 1 – Turtles 2 (La Francesa)
- Sharks 1 – Turtles 4 (Cedral Wall)
- Sharks 0 – Turtles 2 (Cedral Pass)