Chankanaab reef

Images from Chankanaab reef

Depth 35'-40'

Experience level. Beginner.

This reef is in front of Chakanaab Park. Mild currents and shallow depth make this a good dive for novices.

Generally the current will run from North to South, sometimes picking up the cool fresh water from the Chakanaab lagoon. The visibility is not as good as other dive sites. It is sandy with small coral heads. This dive can be done from the shore.

Near and under the coral heads you can find Spiney llobster, crabs, Spotted Moray eels, and Grunts and Snappers. You'll see some Lionfish also.

Look for cleaning stations where juvenile Spanish Hogfish and junvenile French Angels clean Bar Jacks and Groupers.

In the sand, you will find sting rays, Peacock flounder, urchins, and possibly a sea horse.

On any reef in Cozumel you can see any fish or animal at a given time. Below is a general guide.

 
common
occasional rare
Damselfish
x  
Barracuda
x  
Grouper/Coney
x  
Scrawled Filefish
x  
Honeycombed Cowfish
x  

Trunkfish

x
   
Jackknife fish
x  
Spotted moray eels
x
   
Queen Angelfish
x  
Butterflyfish
x  
Sea Horse
  x
Parrotfish
x  
Scorpion fish
  x
Splendid Toadfish     x
Grunts and Snappers
x
   
Turtles
  x
Nurse Sharks
  x
Eagle Rays
  x

Black Groupers

x  
Green Moray Eels
  x

Check our reef reports below for more info on this reef submitted by divers.

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