Brandon and Kathy

Brandon and Kathy in Cozumel in 2000

Brandon and Kathy

"Explorations"

Kathy at the airport

Kathy at the Cozumel airport in 2000


Our Hotel

Boat Diving

Blue Pictures

Relaxing after Diving

Cozumel, September 2005

A good dive trip with some camera problems

Brandon and Teresa

The group

Every year the Houston Underwater Club (HUC) runs a trip to Cozumel over Labor Day weekend. This year Teresa Roberts led a group of 16 of us on the trip. As usual, she did a terrific job and we had a great experience. Since Kathy and I had been away for a couple of years, we got to meet some of the newer members of the club for the first time. Being on a trip with someone is a much better way to get to know them than just seeing them at the monthly HUC meetings.

Our Hotel

La Ceiba hotel

hotel patios

We stayed at the La Ceiba hotel (now the El Cid La Ceiba since being converted into a time share property). The rooms (really suites with kitchen, living room and bedroom) were large and comfortable. Kathy loved the hammocks just outside our room.

Boat Diving

Dive boat

Legs tanning

Our dive operator was Aqua Safari; they did a great job. And the diving was very good as usual. Every morning we got on the boat at the end of La Ceiba's dock and headed out. (The boat in the picture on the left is not ours; the one we went on had an upper deck which provided shade and a place to tan your legs.)

Between dives some people read books, some worked on their tan, and some of us just gazed out at the beautiful water.

Jean and Greg Truax

Blue water

Blue water

Blue Pictures

Grey angel fish

White spotted file fish, orange phase

It just wouldn't be a dive trip without some kind of equipment problems. And sure enough, I had trouble with the strobe connected to the underwater housing for my camera. At first the battery would die affter just a few shots. And then the strobe quit firing all together. So all of my pictures are with available light only. As a result they are blue and fuzzy just like the ones that you see from new, inexperienced underwater photographers.

Even though the pictures are not very good, we did see a lot of interesting critters and the pictures help us remember what we saw. We saw a lot of the "splended" toad fish, a species which is endimic only to Cozumel; and the divemaster was able to coax some of them out of their holes. (The picture below on the right was taken a few years ago when I had a working strobe.)

Cozumel toad fish

Cozumel toad fish

Cozumel toad fish

We saw more turtles and lobster than I had seen on previous trips. And the lobster were much larger than before. Everyone on the trip thought that the conservation efforts by the Marine Park officials must be having a beneficial effect. With no poaching, the animals are growing bigger.

Turtle

Turtle

Lobster

We saw plenty of angelfish as well as several yellowhead jawfish, many of which were not as shy as they used to be.

Queen angel

Yellowhead jawfish

Yellowhead jawfish

And of course we saw an abundance of the normal reef fish.

school

Grunts

Rock hind ?

Relaxing after Diving

Kathy at the pool

Kathy at the pool

Of course there is more to a vacation than diving. After the dives, Kathy relaxed in the pool and then headed to town for shopping and sightseeing. On Sunday night we wandered around the town square and watched the artists paint. Then we watched the dancing; and we even danced a little ourselves.

Iguana

Shopping

Artist painting

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C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at" cbjones.info
updated September 23, 2005