Of Mexico's Caribbean islands, Cozumel is the largest, extending 28
long by 11 miles wide. This Mexican island lies 12 miles off the
the Yucatan Peninsula. Most Cozumel diving is drift diving done
along the reef wall off the island's
west coast. The reef is inhabited by sharks, eels, scorpion fish and
Inside the reef are many caves and tunnels to be explored.
looks through engine of the Airplane wreck. Photos by Daniel Berg
The Airplane wreck was a 40 passenger, twin engine, short-range
airliner. The craft, which was built by the Convair Division of the
Dynamics Corporation, was deliberately sunk in June of 1977 as a
prop for the Mexican movie "Survive II".
The Plane wreck is now a tourist attraction, that is if the tourists
are divers. She is lying upside down in 40 feet of water, only 100
from the La Ceiba Hotel. This wreck is an easy beach dive and has
remarkably intact. Divers can enter a small area through an open
aft of her cockpit or swim under either of her wings where small
of tropical fish can usually be found. Her hull is cleaned daily by
who leave deep teeth marks in her fuselage. Wide angle photography
here, and you can easily capture the entire wreck on one photo.
According to Doc Vikingo the Plane/Airplane Wreck had been only
marginally intact until Hurricane Wilma pretty much finished her
off. Now just a few parts strewn about are all that are left.
DEL MAR WRECK
The Del Mor Wreck is the remains of a small, wood hulled fishing
approximately 30 feet long. The wreck is located directly in front
Mar Aquatics and rests in 30 to 40 feet of water on a sand bottom.
According to Doc Vikingo Hurricane Wilma completely destroyed the
remains of this shipwreck.
According to cozumelscuba.com the (C-53 shipwreck) is the latest
addition to diving in the Mexican Underwater National Park. In fact,
it's the only dive that is NOT a drift dive. It is a C-53 about 180
feet in length. The keel is at about 75 feet and the main decks
start about 45 feet. The crow's nest at 22 feet is a perfect place
to hang out while off gassing, unless of course there's a current at
the time of your dive. Then it's better to head back over to the
buoy line that your boat is tied to. She was sunk in 2000 and since
has evolved into an amazing eco systems.
The ship is still very
intact after Wilma, except for a big crack up the sides of both the
port and starboard sides.
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