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Trip Report: Cozumel-- November 17-25, 2019

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by Trailboss123, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. GameChanger

    GameChanger Professional Photographer

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    This is very interesting. So if the white plight is allegedly linked to sunscreen/runoff/cruise ships/divers/global warming/cooling/change or whatever the flavor of the day is, why wouldn't the Villa Blanca Wall be impacted? We dove a lot of northern sites (non-Palancar) during my August 2019 trip and the white plight was almost non-existent.
     
  2. ggunn

    ggunn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have dived Villablanca Wall several times; I remember seeing a lot of sea fans and soft corals, but not much in the way of the stony corals that are being devastated by this syndrome.
     
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  3. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The disease is impacting stony corals exclusively, of which there really aren't much of or any at the Villa Blanca dive site.
     
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  4. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

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    Great report; good to read details about a topside stay option, as there are a number of 'favorites' on the forum and I imagine people new to it may find comparing and picking one daunting.

    Nice toadfish shot! I have never yet seen a batfish diving; jealous of that one.

    Richard.
     
  5. buffdiver

    buffdiver Nassau Grouper

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    Good report TB. I’m there in January as typical two months after you, just like Bonaire! I stay at CM and dive with Tres Pelicanos. I’ll try that B&B on my April Fools trip!
     
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  6. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thanks Richard and it also dawned on me that I failed to mention that Villa Escondida does include daily maid/room service (except Sunday). It was always nice to come back to a clean room and made bed after a day of diving.
     
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  7. scorpiofish

    scorpiofish Instructor, Scuba

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    OK, I have to ask. Where did you see the batfish? I've only seen one once in Cozumel. I have an excellent photo of it on a slide, as it was before the advent of the digital camera and I haven't seen one since. We saw ours on Las Palmas.
     
  8. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It was at the far end (North) on Santa Rosa wall. After the wall sort of comes to an end and you start shallowing out.
     
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  9. noj3333

    noj3333 Solo Diver

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    @Trailboss123, first off thanks for the good review.

    Quick question, did you see anyone using hard soled dive boots (with my giant feet the best fitting fins I've found are open heel with hard soled boots)? If so, will her crew handle those, or is the no wet suit rule a 'no neoprene rule'??
     
  10. Christi

    Christi PADI MSDT/Dive op owner ScubaBoard Supporter

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    We will keep your boots :)
     
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