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Since starting to scuba dive, we've made trips to Cozumel, Mexico three times. Cozumel is an island off the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The reef systems along the west side of Cozumel and the East side of the Yucatan mainland are fed by the beginnings of the Gulf Stream as it flows north toward Florida.

The reef systems are on the edge of the island shelf. The dive sites furthest to the south are coral gardens. Large coral formations 60ft tall, but not as much fish life. Amazingly large in the clear visibility of the Yucatan channel. Further north are the walls and patch reefs with many more fish and critters.

We keep going back because we know and love the place. The cost to go to Cozumel is less than Key Largo and the diving is much better. I hate to say it, but the people in Cozumel, both indigenous and transplants, seem nicer and happy to have us there.

I got a camera housing for my 35mm in time for the trip in fall of 2001. Here are some photos from 2001 and also from our most recent trip in January, 2003.


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Chris in front of a coral formation -jh '03
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A dive boat 50' above us and the reef -jh '03
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Chris spotted this crab and lobster sharing a lair -jh '03
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Juan started taunting this moray eel. When the eel rapidly came out of his hole, Juan thought about it again. Juan is the best! -jh '03
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This turtle was very calm as I approached for this shot -jh '03
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Snider deciding whether to stay or go -jh '03
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Parrot fish under a shelf. Some of the coloring is shadow from the flash -jh '03
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Two Banded Coral Shrimp are out for an evening -jh '03
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A sea anemone -jh '01

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The dive master told us to keep an eye out for the elusive toadfish. Low and behold! -jh '01

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This sea turtle posed nicely between the camera and Chris and Shannan. -jh '01

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Felipe's stern -jh '01

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A French Angelfish. -jh '01

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Chris topless, as ordered. -jh '01

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The Felipe Xicotencatl, sunk as an artificial reef between the Chankanaab park and the Tormentos reef. -jh '01

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and from the safely stop. -jh '01

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