Edge of Santa Rosa wall

 

     "One of Nature's Hidden Treasures"

 

Queen Angelfish on edge of Santa Rosa wall


Santa Rosa reef

Depth 50'-120'

Experience level. Intermediate. Wall dive with moderate current.

Santa Rosa is one of Cozumel's signature dives. It is a nice wall with quite a few nice swim throughs. It is not too far from San Miguel so it is easy for the dive boats to get to it. It does get a lot of diver traffic, so try to plan your dive accordingly. It makes a nice afternoon dive, when most of the divers have gone elsewhere.

On the top edge of the wall towards shore are sandy bottom areas and with nice big overhangs to hide out from the current. The coral is rocky with large rocky outcrops that are 30-40' tall. The wall drops steeply, but there are ledges and some sandy areas on the way down. There are beautiful swim throughs that take you from the wall back to the sandy area, and vice versa. Look for French Grunts and Schoomasters in the darker areas.

You can go deep on this wall, well over 100', and check out some areas that don't get many divers. The wall is steep and rugged, you feel like you are flying along a cliff. Be sure to look up under the huge overhangs for the giant Dr. Seuss like sponges.

There are not as many fish here as there used to be, which may be due to the high traffic. However, there are still a lot of things to be seen. Be on the lookout for Scrawled Filefish, Turtles, Groupers, giant Parrotfish, French and Queen Angelfish, and quite a few Toadfish. There is a good chance of spotting a giant Green Moray eel.

You can start Santa Rosa on the Cedral wall. It makes a nice dive with Nitrox, so you can see both walls in one dive. Also, the light is great in the late afternoon. Consider doing this, and then one of the shallow reefs as a night dive.

Another option is to do Santa Rosa as a second dive and glide along the top of the wall. It is not done very often and you will see a lot of fish there.

 

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
   
Spotted Drums
x  
Spotted moray eels
x  
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

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Images from Santa Rosa reef


 

 

Santa Rosa Wall

Spotted Moray eel

 

 

 
       

Santa Rosa swim through

Santa Rosa swim through

 

Gray Angelfish

Spanish Hogfish

 

Cozumel Splendid Toadfish and Banded Coral Shrimp

Cozumel Splendid Toadfish and Banded Coral Shrimp

 

Threespot Damselfish

Rare Spiny Flower coral inside a Barrel sponge

Green Moray eel under one of many ledges

Golden Coney

 

Honeycombed Cowfish

Blue Tang at cleaning station

Queen Triggerfish and Queen Angelfish