Nice coral and sponges at Columbia Shallows

 

    "One of Nature's Hidden Treasures"

 
Nice coral and sponges at Colombia Shallows
 

Colombia Shallows

Depth 30'-50'

Experience level. Beginner. Mild Currents in a protected bay like area.

 

These shallow coral heads rise 10-30' above the sandy ocean floor. Situated near Colombia Lagoon this area sometimes gets cool fresh water coming from the lagoon. This may make visibility less than the 150' -200' that you normally expect in Cozumel.

This dive is not done very often by dive companies. The reason is that it is a beginner dive. If the boat is going to take beginners, they usually won't go that far south, but instead take them to Paradise or one of the other closer shallow dives.

For this reason, you will see a lot of fish and turtles that have been relatively undisturbed.

 

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  
Trumpet fish
x  
Scrawled Filefish
x
   
Bar Jacks
x
   
Grunts and Snappers
x
   
Hamlets/Hawkfish
  x
Parrotfish
x  
Turtles
x
   
Nurse Sharks
x  
Spotted Eagle Rays
x  
Black Groupers
x  
Octopus
x  
Green Morays
x  

 

 

 

Check out the photo gallery which shows photos of this reef

 

 

 


Images from Colombia Shallows reef

Lizard fish

Lizardfish

Beaugregory Damselfish

Beaugregory Damselfish