French Grunts at Punta Celerain snorkel site

 

    "One of Nature's Hidden Treasures"

 
French Grunts at Punta Celerain snorkel site
 

Punta Celerain

Depth 5'-20'

Experience level. Good Snorkel ability. This reef is best done by snorkeling. You need to go to the snorkeling beach just past the Punta Celerain Lighthouse. It is about 400 meters from the beach to the reef. If you are not a strong swimmer, you can hire a guide who will take you out on a kayak, and stay close by.

 

Punta Celerain is a reef that is not usually visited by scuba divers. However, it is a beautiful shallow reef. The nice part of it is about 100 meters long and runs parallel to the beach. However, the healthy sea fans, schools of Grunts and Snappers, turtles, and others, make this a memorable place.

This is our favorite snorkel place in Cozumel. It is far and takes a day to do it right. To get there, take the highway south of town. It is about 20 km to the Punta Celerain Park from San Miguel. The entry fee is about $10 US pp. From the entry station it is about 5km to the lighthouse. You will pass the crocodile observation tower. Be sure to save some time to visit "Max" a giant saltwater crocodile, and his harem of smaller females. Once reaching the lighthouse, you will ask to go to the snorkel beach. The road from here is one way. They stop the traffic until the cars have passed, and then let you go. It is another 5km or so to the beach. You will pass Colombia lagoon. You can get dressed in a decent bathroom. You can leave your stuff on the beach, because there is a guy there who will watch it. He will brief you on the snorkel. It is a drift snorkel, and you will exit the water about 1km down the beach, and then walk back to the beach chairs. They sell beer and snacks there.

This is a good snorkel to visit during a "Norte" when the wind is coming from the north. It is then that the south end of the island will be calm.

You'll also see some parrotfish, wrasse, a few damsel fish, and some snappers. It is a good place to see juvenile fish.

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

 

 

Check out the photo gallery which shows photos of this reef

 

 

 


Images from Punta Celerain reef

French Grunts and Sea Fans
French Grunts and Gray Snappers

Schoolmasters and Sea Fans
Schoolmasters and Sea Fans

Flamingo Tongues and Sea Fans
Flamingo Tongues and Sea Fans

 

 
       

 

More Schoolmasters and Seargent Major
More Schoolmasters and Gray Snappers

Juvenile French Angelfish
Juvenile French Angelfish

 

Juvenile French Angelfish
Sea Fan and Brain Coral