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Just jump in the Gulf of Mexico for the world’s best drift diving; even the turtles agree. Day 4

Posted by on November 18, 2011

The best thing about Cozumel is that it is regarded as one of the world’s best drift diving. What is drift diving? It’s basically going diving underwater and letting the currents carry you resulting in you doing less kicking with your legs to move and allowing you to stay underwater longer since you don’t have to breathe as much since you’re not using up as much oxygen. This provided a very nice, relaxed diving experience where the divemasters lead and showed the way to a lot of very good sites to see.

Cozumel, Mexico scuba diving - Jack fish school, peces abajo del barco y agua

As soon as I got in the water, I saw this school of Jack fish swimming along.

Cozumel, Mexico scuba diving - Jack fish, pez

I got close enough to get a good photo of one.

Cozumel, Mexico scuba diving - Reef shark, tiburon en la playa en el mar

After looking at the Jacks, I saw a shark, a Reef Shark, just hanging out by the bottom with the sand.

There are some problems with drifting at times. For example, I might want to go one direction but then I have to fight the current. The best way is to swim diagonally that way the diver doesn’t go against the direction completely and tire himself/herself out but instead can go partially against the current. And why would you fight the current? Simply to get a better look at something cool or in my case avoid something like this:

Cozumel, Mexico scuba diving - Eel, anguila

Initially, I thought this was a snake but it's really an eel

Cozumel, Mexico scuba diving - Eel heading in the coral, anguila

I saw this eel head into the coral - good thing it wasn't a snake because sea snakes are very dangerous.

Cozumel, Mexico scuba diving -Flounder, fez en la arena

Even though this flounder of this size is not dangerous, much bigger ones can be problematic as they have enough strength to break bones. Better to look where you're going especially drift diving.

That’s probably why I saw a lot of sea turtles on this day because it was going to be all drift diving. The previous dives had some drift diving but when you looking at a wreck and hanging out in one area then it might be different. By drifting, I can let the ocean currents carry me and allow me to stay underwater longer.

Cozumel, Mexico scuba diving - Turtle at the surface of the water, tortuga cerca de la encima del agua

On the second dive, I spotted this turtle at the surface of the water. It was probably getting some oxygen.

Cozumel, Mexico scuba diving - Sea turtle swimming down, tortuga nadando abajo

I'm pretty sure that the turtle spotted me and the other divers so it started to swim away but yet, in the same direction it intended to go.

Cozumel, Mexico scuba diving - Looking for something, tortuga nadando y buscando para algo

I got a great close-up photo of the turtle going down.

No doubt that this turtle was using the ocean currents to easily glide in and out where it wants to go. That’s why the world’s drift diving is in Cozumel.

Cozumel, Mexico scuba diving - Turtle going to the bottom, tortuga nadando

Well, seeya later, turtle, it looks it's heading to feed on the plants again.