How did you spend the last week of January? Did you shovel snow or maybe throw another log on the fire? Eleven divers and one non diver escaped the polar vortex gripping the northeast by heading to sunny Cozumel, Mexico from Jan, 25 to Feb. 1 for some drift diving. The group, led by instructor Joel Toohey, spent the week at Scuba Club Cozumel. The weather could not have been better, with day time temperatures in the low to mid 80s and light winds.
With each visit I am reminded why I keep returning to Scuba Club Cozumel. I am greeted with a warm “welcome home” when I walk through the front gate. I see the same familiar, friendly faces providing top notch service. The food is wonderful and the diving is world class. This trip was no exception.
We dove on Reef Diver all week, with Pepe as our divemaster. Pepe did an outstanding job with our group. We went nice and slow (not easy when your drift diving), with Pepe finding all kinds of marine life for us including, of course, lots of Splendid Toadfish. We hit all of my favorite sites including, Paradise Reef, Palancar Caves, Yucab, Delila, and Santa Rosa Wall. The visibility was excellent at all of the sites.
The diversity of marine life and terrain of dive sites in Cozumel can’t be beat. Further, between all of the marine life, and the dramatic coral formations on the walls backlit by the morning sunlight, Cozumel is perfect for photography buffs or for anyone who just appreciates nature’s beauty. During our very first boat dive at Paso del Cedral, we were only in the water a few minutes when we saw a large spotted eagle ray. Throughout the week, we saw many, many turtles at various sites, including four hawksbill turtles at Palancar Bricks and two very large loggerhead Turtles at San Clemente Reef. We also spotted nurse sharks, along with many eel varieties: green moray spotted moray, goldentail moray, chain moray, and sharptail. We saw plenty of small stuff too, such as pipefish and a variety of shrimp, including squat anemone shrimp, pederson shrimp, banded coral shrimp, mantis shrimp, snapping shrimp, and hidden cleaner shrimp. During our wreck dive on the Felipe Xicotencat, we saw the largest green moray eel on the planet. During a night dive on Paradise Reef, we saw no less than six octopus!
We also did several afternoon and night dives on the house reef, during which those of us with cameras practiced macro photography. Divers without cameras found interesting critters for the photographers to shoot. A few of us wrapped up the week with a dive at Punts Sur to swim thru Devil’s Throat & Cathedral.
We had quite a few “firsts” for several members of our group; first night dive, including first night dive from a boat; first wreck dive; first deep dive; and of course, first drift dive. Congratulations to all on these milestones.
Cozumel offers world class diving and Scuba Club Cozumel is a very special place for divers. I’m already making plans to go back next year.
All photos copyright Joel Toohey for Scuba Shack.