Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
07/23/2005 3.13 Coz Airplane Cozumel, Caribbean
Snorkeled here 5/21/05. Immediately in front of El Cid La Cieba. Easy entry/exit at steps in front of hotel or beach a few yards south. Vis 50-60ft in late afternoon. Would be much better in direct sunlight. The coral heads are sparse with a lot of wear and tear, but there's still interesting things to see if you get close. Saw brain coral, pillar coral, seafans, sponges, snails, yellow stingrays, French Angelfish, triggerfish, conch, sergeant majors... the usual. The airplane was not particularly interesting. Not up to par with other Coz reefs but good if you are staying nearby and want to spend a relaxing time in the water. No clue how Hurricane Emily may have affected things.
07/23/2005 3.93 Chankanaab State Park Cozumel, Caribbean
Snorkeled here 5/22/2005. Rented a bike and rode here from La Cieba. Facilities comparable to a US national park. Food, drink, lockers close to water. I recommend tortilla soup for fast, cheap lunch. Multiple access points to water. Steps or beach entry. The reef is very nice considering the number of people who visit. Various types of coral and sponges. Decent schools of small fish. Saw a few larger fish: 4ft trupetfish, 5ft barracuda, 3ft lobster, a few other unidentified fish around 3ft long. Encountered cold water on surface. Probably fresh water from a cave. It would be fun to find the source.