"One of Nature's Hidden Treasures"

 
La Francesa Shallows

La Francesa Shallows

Depth (20'-40')

Las Francesa Shallows is a reef that parallels the more famous La Francesa reef and is closer to the shore. It is an easy dive and is often visited by snorkelers.

There is a prominent ridge of coral that rises about 20 feet from the sandy bottom. You will follow this ridge until it starts to fade away. There are many large schools of fish that live along this ridge.

You can see huge numbers of blue tangs and various snappers and grunts. In addition you can spot boga fish. Look carefully in the anenomes and find popcorn shrimp and ghost shrimp.

This is a nice dive if you have seen the rest of the reefs. It can add some variety to your diving vacation. Another bonus is that you can get a lot of bottom time due to the shallow depth.

 

 

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/drums
x
   
Spotted moray eels
x  
Queen Angelfish
x
   
Butterflyfish
x
   
Blue Tangs
x
   
Parrotfish
x  
Scorpion fish
  x
Splendid Toadfish     x
Grunts and Snappers
x
   
Spiny Lobster
x
Turtles
  x
Nurse Sharks
x  
Eagle Rays
x  
Green Moray Eels
x  

 

 

Check out the photo gallery which shows photos of this reef

 

 


Images from La Francesa Shallows


Minnows inside wreck and escape route

Boga and grunts

 

Sandy area around wreck

Large schools of blue tangs

Sandy area around wreck

foureye butterflyfish

 
       

Sandy area around wreck

Harlequin Bass