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Underwater Photo Location: Paradise Reef

Underwater Photo Location: Paradise Reef

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One of Cozumel's advanced dives sites, mostly because of the boat ride. The site is very far south, even past Punta Sur (the south point of the island), and can be a very choppy ride as you cross over the area where the open sea meets the semi-protected channel. Once past the "mixing area" as I call it the seas usually calm down some, but it can still be a choppy entrance.

Once you manage to get underwater it's all worth it, this is a beautiful dive! The dive site is a pristine reef system layed out in parallel finger like ridges moving slightly off perpendicular to the island. One of the most untouched reefs on Cozumel, Chun Chacaab is teeming with turtles, in April of '08 I made 2 dives in a week there and saw no less than 6-8 Hawksbill turtles on each dive. Wonderful, easy, shallow, yet tons of marine life - lots of divers on the site, but Cozumel divemasters do a great job of not making the place look like it's overdive. I dive Cozumel often and have found most of the dive outfitters to be professional and reasonably priced
Facts about Paradise Reef
  • It is in Mexico
  • Paradise Reef is in the Caribbean Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-20 Metres 0-60 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
Dive types

Marine Life

Diving facilities

Photo facilities

by Karen Sanders
Cowfish on a night dive. You can see the scratches on the fish.

by Steven Anderson
This image of a Arrow Crab was taken during a dive on Paradise Reef during a week of great diving with my friends at Liquid Blue Divers in Cozumel..

by Steven Anderson
This photo of a Grey Angel was taken while diving on Paradise Reef off Cozumel in Oct. 2008.

by Steven Anderson
The eyes of a Conch hoping not to become a fritter! This image was taken in Cozumel while diving on Paradise Reef. Lots of photos taken there and a 91 minute dive!

by Steven Anderson
This image was taken while diving at Paradise Reef off Cozumel.

by Vladimir Levantovsky
Juvenile Smooth Trunkfish, ~1/2 inch in size.

by Vladimir Levantovsky
Size doesn't matter! Male Sailfin blenny protecting his territory against "the intruder". He actually nibbled on my daughter's finger when she moved it just a tiny bit closer.

by Steven Anderson
This image is of a small school of Margates, the Margate is a member of the snapper family. They seem to school often on Paradise Reef off Cozumel.

by Steven Anderson
Diving on paradise Reef in Cozumel seems to be like diving in a nursery. This is an image of a French Angelfish before losing its stripes for speckles. Very small and did nothing but flitter around the sponge.

by Steven Anderson
This image was taken at Paradise Reef off the island of Cozumel. The photo opportunities are endless and there is a subject for everyone. Lots of color! Thanks Liquid Blue!!!!!!!!

by Steven Anderson
This image is from Paradise Reef - Hours can be spent on this reef of Cozumel.

by Steven Anderson
The clear water from the Caribbean helps to create beautiful coral and sponges off Cozumel.

by Steven Anderson
This image of a Split Crown Feather Duster was taken during a dive at Paradise Reef off Cozumel in April.

by Len Nuttall
not sure what they are but lots of them in one place...F8/250 YS110A

by Vince Mitchell
Night dive in Cozumel. Canon A640, Canon Housing & Olympus Slave Strobe.

by Cindy Black
Finding a critter that is as intent on feeding as I am intent on photographing gave me more moments to compose and photograph! Nikon D200, 105 mm macro, F8, 1/160th, ISO 200

by Alejandro Topete
Octopus Hunting, Cozumel Mexico

by Alejandro Topete
Camouflage in coral, Cozumel Mexico

by Alejandro Topete
Splendid Toadfish with teeth, Cozumel México
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