Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by Jerr » Tue, 15 Aug 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> I'm heading back down to my favorite Mexican Island next weekend.  My buddies
> and I have convinced our divemaster to take us to Devils Throat, and to the
> East Side.

> Have any of you been to these locations?  I'm e***d about the ride through
> the throat, but I understand there aren't many photo opportunities.  What about
> the East Side?  I understand it's not protected, so we may run into nets and
> fishing line, but I also understand the sea life is quite different.  Any
> input?

> Thanks,
> Bryan

As far as DT is concerned, Punta Sur is quite a boat ride, depending on
where you start from.  I've been through several times, and often advise
others to be careful about your gas supply - 1500 psi for entry.  This
may seem conservative to some, but it's deep and the currents can be
unpredictable - if you miss the drop and have to swim up current, some
may not have much gas left to traverse safely.  I watched a guy do a
ditch and OOA just as he was finishing DT.  Back at the dock, he found
no equipment failure.

--
jer

 
 
 

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by Audioad » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 13:11:57

I'm heading back down to my favorite Mexican Island next weekend.  My buddies
and I have convinced our divemaster to take us to Devils Throat, and to the
East Side.  

Have any of you been to these locations?  I'm e***d about the ride through
the throat, but I understand there aren't many photo opportunities.  What about
the East Side?  I understand it's not protected, so we may run into nets and
fishing line, but I also understand the sea life is quite different.  Any
input?

Thanks,
Bryan

 
 
 

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by Dave Berr » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00

Devils' throat is a long boat ride and there isn't much in the way of
coral/sponge or fish on the dive. You are going for the cavern itself. It is
often done as a series of swim throughs, say three, with the Devil's Throat
beign the last. The Devil's throat has two exits, one that goes down to
about 120-125 and one that goes down to about 130 or so. The exit on the
wall is pretty dramatic, especially in good visibility which they frequently
have down at the end of the island.

I don't know anyone who has done the East. I don't know of any operators
that do. If you want to do some more interesting dives you might try
Maracaibo Deep or Barracuda.

Regards,
Dave Berry


Quote:
> I'm heading back down to my favorite Mexican Island next weekend.  My
buddies
> and I have convinced our divemaster to take us to Devils Throat, and to
the
> East Side.

> Have any of you been to these locations?  I'm e***d about the ride
through
> the throat, but I understand there aren't many photo opportunities.  What
about
> the East Side?  I understand it's not protected, so we may run into nets
and
> fishing line, but I also understand the sea life is quite different.  Any
> input?

> Thanks,
> Bryan


 
 
 

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by Jim Sampso » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00

        The Devil's Throat at Punta Sur is a great dive.  It is deep, bottoming
out at about 120 and it should only be attempted by good, experienced
divers.  It requires very good buoyancy control coming out of the throat
on the wall at 120, as there is often a very serious down current that
has carried more than one diver to their  doom.
        I found the c***formations offered plenty of photo ops and highly
recommend hauling the camera with you.
        There are rarely many divers at the site, as most operators refuse to
go there with the typical Cozumel divers and because it requires a time
consuming boat ride to get there.  Most trips are limited to six or
seven divers and that reduces the profit margin for the dive operators.  
        I have not done any of the east side dives but expect them to start
becoming more and more popular as divers look to expand on their Cozumel
experiences.  Conditions are much more challenging there and there, too,
I would only suggest it for the highly experienced diver with a seasoned
and conservative dive master.

        I just got back from Coz last week and conditions were not as perfect
as usual.  Visibility much much reduced but still in the "good"
category.
        There is now a new wreck dive just off the Chankanab beach.  Ship was
sunk there a few months ago and while I could not fit it into my dive
schedule this trip, the dive masters say it is well worth the bottom
time.

        Have a great time!

Jim

 
 
 

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by Jack Sloa » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00

I think I read that Aldora lost a boat on the east side this year. They
may still be going to the other side. Give 'em a try.
Jack
Quote:

> I'm heading back down to my favorite Mexican Island next weekend.  My buddies
> and I have convinced our divemaster to take us to Devils Throat, and to the
> East Side.

> Have any of you been to these locations?  I'm e***d about the ride through
> the throat, but I understand there aren't many photo opportunities.  What about
> the East Side?  I understand it's not protected, so we may run into nets and
> fishing line, but I also understand the sea life is quite different.  Any
> input?

> Thanks,
> Bryan

 
 
 

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by Chuc » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
> I think I read that Aldora lost a boat on the east side this year. They
> may still be going to the other side. Give 'em a try.
> Jack

They didnt lose one, just beat it up pretty good and took it out of service
for a while.  Probably back in use now.

Given my druthers, I will not do DT again.  It is (for me) a boring and
therefore uselessly dangerous dive.   IMO, it is not a safe place for
novices and as has been noted, even the experienced best be pretty sure of
air supply before entering.  There is no where to turn around and if you run
out at 100, it is a long way to 120 and then back to the surface.  There is
nothing to me worth lugging a camera that deep for.

Havent done the E side but will eventually.  Maybe over Xmas this year.

CH

 
 
 

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by OWSIB » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00

Been to DT many times. It is not as represented a dangerous dive, although you
could make it dangerous if you are a fool. The depth is not extreme and the
killer current has been non existent on my dives. I have taken many groups of
varied experience to Coz over the years and all have made DT w/o incident. You
need a reliable DM and Boat Capt.  If you drop on the pinnacle it is a
remarkably easy dive. The east side is wild and wooly the ride is obviously
long and rough. Massive puking was the rule. The sites are new to most local
DM's so it's hit or miss. We dove deep and dark. Not worth the effort in the
mind of the pukers, although I'm sure there are some fantantistic sites
somewhere over there.  Good Luck OWSIBOB  
 
 
 

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by LCinSE » Thu, 17 Aug 2000 09:50:24

Quote:
>There is now a new wreck dive just off the Chankanab beach.  Ship was
>sunk there a few months ago and while I could not fit it into my dive
>schedule this trip, the dive masters say it is well worth the bottom
>time.

We took a look snorkeling in July.  It is pretty neat, but not much growth or
marine life yet.  It ought to be really great in another year.
LC
 
 
 

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by Mediakz » Thu, 17 Aug 2000 04:00:00

I've made 8-10 dives on "the other side" in Cozumel.  You need to be somewhat
flexible on the day you go.  The dive operation we used would drive (in a car)
over to take a look early in the morning and then call to tell us if it was go
or no.  We usually dove in the general vicinity of the Playa Bonita restaurant
and in fact, we would drive there to meet the boat.  Our gear would already be
on the boat and we would swim out and board just past the breakers.  In that
way, we could avoid the long rough boat ride around the south point.

Dives ranged from less than 60 feet to over 100 feet.  Because the area is
fished, you tend to see fewer of the larger critters but I did notice good
variety.  There are lots of lobsters and we have taken a few (in season) as
well as other fish back to Playa Bonita where we enjoyed a nice fresh seafood
meal after the dive.  The c***varies but generally what we saw was row after
row (for as far as you can see) of rounded c***heads with sand channels
between them.  Despite what you will hear from most people (who have never been
there) the currents we experienced were not all that bad.  There tends to be
more of a surge back and forth than the straight current like you see on the
resort dive side but nothing that an intermediate diver couldn't handle.  The
real problem with diving there is the surface conditions, which can go from
good to bad very quickly.  On bad days, you can get bounced around pretty bad
from about 15-feet to the surface. So bad that we have cancelled 2nd dives on a
couple of occasions. But on good days, it's a breeze.  It's really the surface
conditions that present the danger and why you want to be a little flexible in
the days you go.

Quote:
>Subject: Cozumel:  Devil's Throat and the East side

>Date: 8/15/00 12:11 AM Eastern Daylight Time

>I'm heading back down to my favorite Mexican Island next weekend.  My buddies
>and I have convinced our divemaster to take us to Devils Throat, and to the
>East Side.  

>Have any of you been to these locations?  I'm e***d about the ride through
>the throat, but I understand there aren't many photo opportunities.  What
>about
>the East Side?  I understand it's not protected, so we may run into nets and
>fishing line, but I also understand the sea life is quite different.  Any
>input?

>Thanks,
>Bryan

 
 
 

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by Eric » Fri, 18 Aug 2000 11:09:41

Do you remember the name of the wreck?
thanks
Eric

Quote:
> >There is now a new wreck dive just off the Chankanab beach.  Ship was
> >sunk there a few months ago and while I could not fit it into my dive
> >schedule this trip, the dive masters say it is well worth the bottom
> >time.

> We took a look snorkeling in July.  It is pretty neat, but not much growth
or
> marine life yet.  It ought to be really great in another year.
> LC

 
 
 

Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by bj.. » Fri, 18 Aug 2000 04:00:00

Lucky you!

I did the Punta Sur area again last December on a six pack fast boat.
We did a total of four swim through c***cave formations on one dive:
Devils Throat, Cathedral, The Chimmney, and one last one that I can't
remember at the moment (it's in my log book at home.)  This was an
advanced dive with a 10 minute deco stop.  Max depth 135.  Our dive
master was the best I've ever seen.  They wouldn't take just anybody.
They want to see how you dived for a couple of days before they offer
this trip to you (we were there on a 10 day trip.)  All of the divers in
our group had at least 100 logged dives.

Anyway, I shot the whole dive on Hi8 video.  I used a video flood light
during the dark swim-throughs (yes I caught the c***crucifix.)  If you
want a VHS copy of the dive, e-mail me and well work something out.

Just thinking about it makes me want to go back!

Have fun,

Brian D.



Quote:
> I'm heading back down to my favorite Mexican Island next weekend.  My
buddies
> and I have convinced our divemaster to take us to Devils Throat, and
to the
> East Side.

> Have any of you been to these locations?  I'm e***d about the ride
through
> the throat, but I understand there aren't many photo opportunities.
What about
> the East Side?  I understand it's not protected, so we may run into
nets and
> fishing line, but I also understand the sea life is quite different.
Any
> input?

> Thanks,
> Bryan

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Cozumel: Devil's Throat and the East side

Post by Jim Sampso » Fri, 18 Aug 2000 04:00:00

        Did you experience any difficulties with lines or nets in this fishing
area?
        What did the dives cost?

Jim

Quote:

> I've made 8-10 dives on "the other side" in Cozumel.  You need to be somewhat
> flexible on the day you go.  The dive operation we used would drive (in a car)
> over to take a look early in the morning and then call to tell us if it was go
> or no.  We usually dove in the general vicinity of the Playa Bonita restaurant
> and in fact, we would drive there to meet the boat.  Our gear would already be
> on the boat and we would swim out and board just past the breakers.  In that
> way, we could avoid the long rough boat ride around the south point.

> Dives ranged from less than 60 feet to over 100 feet.  Because the area is
> fished, you tend to see fewer of the larger critters but I did notice good
> variety.  There are lots of lobsters and we have taken a few (in season) as
> well as other fish back to Playa Bonita where we enjoyed a nice fresh seafood
> meal after the dive.  The c***varies but generally what we saw was row after
> row (for as far as you can see) of rounded c***heads with sand channels
> between them.  Despite what you will hear from most people (who have never been
> there) the currents we experienced were not all that bad.  There tends to be
> more of a surge back and forth than the straight current like you see on the
> resort dive side but nothing that an intermediate diver couldn't handle.  The
> real problem with diving there is the surface conditions, which can go from
> good to bad very quickly.  On bad days, you can get bounced around pretty bad
> from about 15-feet to the surface. So bad that we have cancelled 2nd dives on a
> couple of occasions. But on good days, it's a breeze.  It's really the surface
> conditions that present the danger and why you want to be a little flexible in
> the days you go.

> >Subject: Cozumel:  Devil's Throat and the East side

> >Date: 8/15/00 12:11 AM Eastern Daylight Time

> >I'm heading back down to my favorite Mexican Island next weekend.  My buddies
> >and I have convinced our divemaster to take us to Devils Throat, and to the
> >East Side.

> >Have any of you been to these locations?  I'm e***d about the ride through
> >the throat, but I understand there aren't many photo opportunities.  What
> >about
> >the East Side?  I understand it's not protected, so we may run into nets and
> >fishing line, but I also understand the sea life is quite different.  Any
> >input?

> >Thanks,
> >Bryan