Cozumel Island, with its long white sand beaches and calm crystal waters are only few of the reasons why tourists flock in this beautiful Mediterranean island. Most importantly, it houses the 966-km-long (600-mile-long) Great Maya Reef, stretching from Cozumel to Central America. Divers and snorkelers alike can’t get enough of the reef systems that don’t fail to surprise and awe them.
We have listed three of the best places to snorkel in Cozumel where you will be greeted by the abundance of sea creatures and towering coral reefs. Prepare your gear and don’t leave your underwater camera for an unforgettable bonding with nature’s best.
Whether you are a beginner or a pro at diving or snorkeling, there is always something awe-inspiring beneath the shores of Colombia. For beginners, there is the Colombia Shallows where the currents are mild. The coral heads can be found 10 to 30 feet below. Not many snorkelers visit this part of Colombia because it is too shallow for deep divers while it is too far for beginners. Usually, beginners will go to more popular shallow dives rather than spend time going here. Because of that, you will see lots of reef, fish and sea turtles that are undisturbed. Barracuda, Scrawled Filefish, Bar Jacks, Parrotfish, Nurse Sharks, Octopus, and many more also frequent this area.
The cathedral and the spectacular swim-throughs are the most-visited parts of the Punta Sur Reef. Not only it is enjoying and exciting, every single thing you see is a feast to the eye: The corals in varying shapes, colors, and formations, big breath-taking fish and turtles, and many more. The northern part of this reef also contains the infamous Devil’s Throat, a constricted swim-through that starts at 90 feet depth and goes deeper, up to 130 feet. Only experienced divers are recommended to dive down Devil’s Throat.
Many types of fishes frequent this reef. Snorkelers sometimes find themselves enveloped inside passing schools of fish on the way to the bottom where they are bound to enjoy the huge coral heads and snappers that swim idly below it. The majestic Queen Angelfish, red seahorse, and cute trunkfish may also be found here. During some rare instances, you will also be able to see a nicely camouflaged Scorpion Fish hiding in the crevices of a coral head. Dive masters warn snorkelers and divers not to touch them because they are poisonous. There are many other creatures to see such as schools of Grunts, Snappers, and Sergeant Majors and an assortment of nice sponges.
It is not enough to snorkel in one place in Cozumel. It is a must to visit two or three more while you are in the island to maximize the experience. You are bound to see different kinds of reef formations and swim-throughs in each reef locations. The underwater creatures that frequent the area are also different each time. You would feel like you haven’t really been to the underwater depths of Cozumel if you haven’t visited a couple of the best places to snorkel.