SCUBA Diving - Cozumel, Mexico

Yocab Reef

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This reef is accessable mostly by boat, advantageous since there is usually a decent current runnning along the reef. The reef lies in approximately 50 to 70 feet of water making it a good choice for a second dive of the day. I saw several lobsters and crabs along with a couple large groupers.

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The coral formations along this reef rise anywhere from 5 to 10 feet out of the sand and the caves are on the down-current side. There are even some intriguing tunnels and passages which the current has scoured out over time. The downcurrent side of the corals also provides sanctuary from the current for a multitude of marine animals and even humans, especially photographers. Yocab is reknown for the very large filefish which frequent the reef.

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This reef is considered an intermediate dive due the possibilty of deeper depths and the strong to moderate currents. I dove this site and never went below 50 feet with plenty to see. The end of the reef is distinctly marked by a huge coral formation after which the sandy bottom slopes steeply toward the wall. Ascents to the surface should be made here as depths rapidly increase, there is little to see after this, and the current excludes the possibility of retracing your path. Also the current makes it rather easy to be separated from the group, so efforts must be made to stay together and keep an eye on your dive buddy. Yocab is a very popular site which attracts a lot of boats, so exercise extra caution when approaching the surface.

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Morays can be seen at almost every possible dive site in Cozumel. In addition to the brownish color seen here there are larger green ones and a smaller white and black species.


[Paraiso Reef] [San Francisco Wall] [El Paso del Cedral Reef] [Tormentos Reef] [Airplane Flats]

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