Cozumel, Mexico – Palancar Horseshoe, La Francesca, San Francisco
Dive # – 504-506
The last time I visited Cozumel was in 2012 after they had a big storm. Sea life was decent, viz was good, and the currents were strong. We had a great group and it was good diving at the time. But I got a taste of Cozumel this year I didn’t know existed. It was a trip that made sure it would be in my travel plans next year. 100+ viz, barely any current, and the marine life was insane! So I’m breaking up my recaps by dive days, there is just so much to talk about! The one thing that really stood out in 2012 was our dive charter, Cozumel Marine World. They had amazing divemasters, customer service, and were just plain fun! We booked them again this year and once again, they were incredible. The resort we stayed at was the Sunscape Sabor Resort. It had clean accommodations, excellent a/c, and I just enjoy all inclusive resorts. I like not having to worry about anything but gratuity while I’m on vacation. Annnnnd it’s so nice to have staff doting on you and asking if you need a drink while relaxing on lounge chairs beachside after the days dives. 😀 This was the view from our room and from the beach. No complaints here! 😀 :
So diving!! Sunday morning we bring our gear down to the Sunscape Sabor dock to be picked up. The crew gets us set up quickly and we then spread out and relax in the sunshine and perfect 90 degree weather as we head to our first dive spot. The nice thing about staying at the Sunscape Sabor is they are pretty close to some of the best dive sites. I think the furthest we had to go was 30 minutes. Oh did I mention Cozumel Marine World also kept our gear for us? Fresh water rinse it every evening and have it loaded back on the boat for us for the remainder of the trip? SPOILED. 😀
Palancar Horseshoe – It gets its name from a natural U shaped amphitheater you can see from the surface. It can be as beginner or advanced as you want it to be based on depth and swim throughs. What’s so cool about this site are giant coral heads that are as deep as 100 feet and climb all the way up to 20 feet below the surface. Just gorgeous!
La Francesca (The French Lady) – This is a small reef that juts out from a sandy area with a some beautiful swim throughs!
San Francisco – This was a cool wall dive! It slopes downward and is filled with barrel sponges, brain coral, and tons of marine life
Stayed tuned for part 2 of the Cozumel Recap!