Paradise reef

Images from Paradise reef

Depth 30'-40'

Experience level. Beginner.

The dangerous thing about Paradise is that it is situated south of Puerto Maya Cruise Ship Pier. If the current is strong, you need to be careful to make your ascent prior to drifting into the cruise ships.

It is the first reef when entering the Marine Park. It is a popular second tank dive. Experienced divers can dive it from the Caleta as a shore dive. It will take some strong kicking up current to get back to where you started.

The current runs from south to north normally. You will start across from the entrance to the Caleta and drift north. There are 2-3 coral ridges that parallel the shoreline.

You will see schools of Grunts, Snappers, and Sergeant Majors, many Queen Angelfish. There are nice coral heads they range from 10'-20' tall that jut out from a sandy bottom. You can find anemones, and an assortment of nice sponges clinging to the coral heads. Just about every kind of fish from the area can be found here. Some of the bigger animals include barracuda and grouper. Keep a close eye for the small denizens such as Spotted Drum, Smooth Trunkfish, Spotted Moray Eels, and Spiny Lobster,

Some dive masters will lead you away from the beautiful coral heads into the sandy area towards shore. You might be wondering what this is all about, until they point out a nicely camouflaged Scorpion Fish, or the highly sought after Seahorse. While in the sandy area, keep an eye out for Stingrays and Peacock Founder. Watch out where you touch the bottom with your hand, if stopped to look at something in the sand.

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  
Trumpetfish
x
   
Trunkfish
x
   
Whitespotted Filefish
x  
spotted moray eels
x
   
Queen Angelfish
x
   
Butterflyfish
x
   
Sea horse
x  
Scorpion fish
x  
Grunts and Snappers
x
   
Turtles
x  
Nurse Sharks
  x
Eagle Rays
  x

Black Groupers

x  
Green Moray Eels
  x

Check our reef reports below for more info on this reef submitted by divers.

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