I have been to Cozumel on two other occasions and my recollections were vivid in my mind. I was so excited to have returned and feel the return trip just proved how beautiful reefs are reaffirming my recollection and making new memories that will last a life time.
We did many dives on all the traditional reefs at Tormentos, Yocab, San Francisco, Santa Rosa an Columbia just to name a few and the reefs are healthy with fantastic color and a whole host of marine life. I know there are great reefs many places in the world but there is so much variety and beauty here one just cannot pass up the chance to dive Cozumel.
I have seen many trip reports that support my comments above however I want to emphasize one dive that we did out of the ordinary, for me anyway. We had a great day with little wind and waves so a group of divers out of The Blue Angel Dive shop made a trip to the mainland to a place described to me for my dive log as "Tortugas y Tarpon". I think the translation from spanish to english is "Turtles and Tarpon". Wow....what a pair of dives. We saw a "lot" of turtles, 10 to 12 in our first dive but alas the allusive Tarpon did not show their face.
After a surface interval we decided to do the same dive again in hopes of seeing the Tarpon. We were not disappointed. After much of the dive turned into turtle soup...a little humor....and we found ourself approaching our deco limits a distant glance caught a ghostly sight. When the Tarpon first came into view it was like they were ghosts or light shadows. They swim so effortlessly in a current that moves us right along. I just can't tell you how eerie it was to see them initially.
It didn't take them long to swim in from the deep so we got negative and put ourself on the bottom to let them swim into us. Regretably we were approaching our deco limit and could not stay for long however the sheer sight of those magnificent fish was reward enough for the dive.
I suspect this is a seasonal event. I was there in late April and early May, 2007 and I heard comments about this as early. I don't know how long this phenomenon occurs but I highly recommend it. If you are interested in this I would bet the folks at Blue Angel Dive shop could fill you in on the season. Now would be a good time, I know!