Today, my brother-in-law, my older boys and I headed over to Cozumel for some diving.

We took a cab from Cancun to Playa del Carman (about a $45 fare, but definitely the most convenient way to go), and then paid 180 Pesos each to ride the ferry across to Cancun. The crossing was rough, but the Ultramar ferry is a large, comfortable boat with an air-conditioned cabin, and food and drinks on board.

We met my friend Gary there, and dove with a company he had researched beforehand, called Deep Blue. Deep Blue is just a few blocks from the ferry terminal. Their prices are fair, their rental equipment is very good (every reg includes a computer), their service is excellent, and they’re located a short easy walk from the departure dock on the lee side of Cozumel.

We had wanted to dive on Palancar, but the weather conspired against us. The water was simply too rough on the south-western tip of Cozumel.  Instead we went to the San Francisco Wall, and a reef called Tormentos. San Francisco was an easy drift between 60 and 80 feet. It was beautiful to see with huge coral heads and arches, although not a lot of large sea life. Tormentos was another easy drift, in 55 feet of water. Smaller corals, but lots of large groupers, crabs, lobster, and other sea life. We even saw a small spotted stingray in the sand.