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Cozumel Snorkeling

"Photo courtesy of Davida Hinton

Cozumel's fabulous reef system has been a magnet for scuba divers since the 50's when Jacque Cousteau documentaries brought international attention to this lush underwater world. What many people don't realize is that the snorkeling is great here, too. Whether you take a Boat Tour or snorkel from shore on your own, there's a fascinating, colorful life to explore down under. And you don't have to be a scuba diver to appreciate it. inations in the world.

Expect to see abundant coral and plant life and an amazing variety of fish. Schools of yellow and black stripped sergeant majors flit through coral. Angel fish, groupers, and rainbow-colored parrot fish glide lazily amongst elegantly lacey sea fans and whips.

On a lucky day you may get a look at a barracuda, a yellow ray, a sea turtle. You just never know -- which is what keeps you coming back for more.

Some of the best snorkeling can be found very close to the shore -- at the edges of the ragged ironshore that borders much of Cozumel's southern coast. Take your time here and you'll probably spot star anenomes, spotted eels, spiny lobster and other interesting stuff.

LEFT, Chankannab Park

All you need to get started is some basic equipment and the information you'll find in this article. Then you'll be ready to hit the water on your next trip to the island. Just remember--it's fragile down there. Help the world beneath the waves and don't step on or touch any of the interesting underwater plant and animal life you'll be seeing.

EQUIPMENT

TECHNIQUE

SHORE DIVING

BOAT TRIPS