Last week, Steve and I took our third annual dive trip to Cozumel to escape the winter blues (and this year, the snow…).
Cozumel, Mexico is an island six miles east of the Yucatan Peninsula and is easy to get to by plane from Atlanta, or via Cancun and then take a ferry from Playa Del Carmen.
Cozumel is a low population area with a lot of dive operations to choose from. The last two years, we have used Deep Blue while staying at larger hotels, but this year we chose to stay at a smaller hotel with a dive operation on site. Blue Angel Resort is our new favorite hotel and dive operation! The boat captains and dive masters were professional, knowledgable and very friendly. We definitely plan on staying there again next year.
– From PADI website –
- Visibility – The clear water has visibility that ranges from 24-30 metres/80-100 feet.
- Water Temperature – The water temperature averages 25°C/77°F in the winter and 29°C/85°F in summer.
- Weather – Cozumel has a subtropical climate. The average temperature is about 21-29° C/70-85° F. Humidity is usually high, around 90 percent, but it’s often breezy too. Rainfall is rare apart from the rainy season (September – November) when showers can be frequent.
- Featured Creatures – Splendid toadfish, eagle rays, grunts, snapper, angelfish, parrotfish, moray eels, grouper, hawksbill turtles, trumpet fish, wrasse, hogfish, spotted drum fish, amberjacks, lobster, octopus and even long snout seahorses.
In total, we did 12 dives, but one of my favorites was our night dive. Night dives are an incredible way to see aquatic life that are hidden during the day. Generally, divers enter the water right before sundown so that our eyes can adjust to the low light before darkness settles in completely. There is no need to go too deep, usually 30 feet is plenty deep to see a lot of fabulous waterline.
Here are some night life videos Steve captured