Palancar & Columbia Reef Snorkeling
Posted 12 August 2010 - 03:13 PM
Posted 12 August 2010 - 03:53 PM
We did the Palancar/Columbia Reef tour from Palancar Beach, $35pp, and it was nice too. Deeper than the shore snorkels. Cozumel water is so clear, and I use a mask with prescription lenses.
The coolest thing you might want to consider is swimming with the whale sharks. It is totally life-changing. We did Holbox last year, and Isla Mujueres this year, it was fantastic!
I would have loved to have seen what Jacques Cousteau saw when he first came to Cozumel.
Bonnaire had great snorkeling, but there were roving gangs of smash and grabbers who took a crowbar to your pickup. Luckily we got to ours just before they did. Cayman Islands were great too, but rampant with crime. Hawaii, you had to lock everything up and watch carefully. Cozumel is the safest and friendliest island we have ever been to.
Posted 13 August 2010 - 05:42 AM
Unfortunately your assesment of the snorkel reefs is fairly correct. Most of the shallow reefs took a major hit from both Hurricane Emily and Hurricane Wilma.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 10:57 AM
We took the trip at Palencar once but did not care for the boat they use and there were too many people. Chala will go with as few as 4 people so it is a much smaller group.
Posted 14 August 2010 - 10:59 AM
She starts with Columbia Shallows because it's the easiest for beginners -- and often the most rewardings. Then she gradually moves up ending with Palancar which is a little more difficult because there's sometimes a bit of wave action and more current and it's deeper which sometimes freaks out inexperienced folks. I think she's got her act together. email@example.com.
I gotta agree with Mike. The shore snorkeling just isn't what it was before the double whammy of two major hurricanes in 2005. Fortunately the currents are so strong here that conditions are pretty close to ideal for coral formation and growth. But it's a slow process.
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