Sea Plumes at Chun-Chacaab

 

    "One of Nature's Hidden Treasures"

 
Sea Plumes at Chun-Chacaab
 

Chun-Chacaab

Depth 60'-80' - This reef is almost always done in combination with Maracaibo.

Experience level. Advanced. Current is sometimes unpredictable. Large Sea Swells and few boats are around to assist in case of problems.

 

Chun-Chacaab is the reef you come to as you head towards the island from the Maracaibo arch. This reef is very different from the other reefs in Cozumel. You will notice huge fields of Sea Plums, Sea Rods, and some Sea Fans. The dive starts at about 70'. It is mostly this depth the entire dive. There are a few rounded ridges that parallel the current. Some of these ridgetops are about 50'. You will see quite a few crevices and overhangs. Look under these to see French Grunts, School Masters, Bermuda Chuts, and Lionfish.

This dive is better using Nitrox 32. Check your dive tables before planning going through the arch. After the arch stay at about 70' for almost an hour and get a good look at Chun-Chacaab.

Look for Spotted Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, and lots of turtles.

  • If you haven't dove Chun-ChaCaab, do yourself a favor and request it next time you are on the dive boat. You will need a calm day, with little wind and need to be on the 'advanced dive boat and, prepared for a long and potentially bumpy ride just a little beyond Punta Sur, but it is well worth it.
    Long finger-like ridges run with the current to form the reef, covered with pristine coral and sponge formations and tons of sea life. It is the only place I've ever seen Trunk fish schooling.
    The current can be quite stiff, but there are plenty of breaks in the ridges to drop down in and get out of the current. I did such a thing on one dive and had a large Nurse Shark to my right, a large Hawksbill Turtle to my left and a Slipper Lobster sitting right in front of me! Which way to point the camera first!! - Sharky60

 

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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  
Creole Wrasse
x  
Grunts and Snapper
x
   
Reef Sharks
x  
Bar Jacks
x
   
Hamlets/Hawkfish
  x
Parrotfish
x  
Turtles
x
   
Nurse Sharks
x  
Spotted Eagle Rays
x  
Black Groupers
x  
Octopus
  x
Green Morays
x  

 

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Images from Chun-Chacaab reef

 

Schoolmasters at Chun-chacaab reef.
Schoolmasters at Chun-chacaab reef.

Flamingo tongue

Flamingo Tongue