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“Not to be missed”

Felipe Xicotencatl Shipwreck
Ranked #66 of 159 things to do in Cozumel
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Type: Other
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26 reviews
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“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2009

Just dove this wreck today, with a group of beginners (like me) mixed with master divers. Despite the differing skill levels, everybody enjoyed it immensely. This was my first wreck dive and I can't imagine a better one to start with -- the wreck has been pretty thoroughly cleared of wires, etc., that would snag divers, and there's plenty of natural light through man-made holes. We didn't need lights, although it would have been fun to point them in some of the scarier parts. The ship is fairly large and has lots of fun places to poke around in. Abundant sea life surrounded the wreck, including a veritable horde of barracuda.

Not to be missed if you dive Cozumel.

2 Thank Dugaru
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“Good Wreck Dive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2006

At 3:30 this afternoon of June 7, 2005 - five years and a day after she was sunk - we dived down onto the wreck of Felipe Xicotencatl, 184 feet long with a beam of 33 feet. Originally built in 1944, this minesweeper served with the US Navy for eighteen years as USS Scuffles. Purchased by the Mexican navy in 1962, she was renamed Felipe Xicotencatl and converted to a gunboat. Until 1999 she patrolled the Caribbean to run down traffickers in illegal arms and narcotics, and was intentionally sunk as an artificial reef the following year.
Starting on her deck at a depth of 72 feet, we spent 39 minutes penetrating her from stem to stern.
Unfortunately, my dive light chose this occasion to go on the fritz, but because before her sinking the ship had been cleared of all obstacles like wires and furniture, and holes had been cut in her huil to allow some light to reach into every room. I had no problem following Clara and Jordan with their dive lights all the way through her.
We were so absorbed by this fascinating and well-preserved wreck that we paid little attention to the marine life swarming around it, although eventually we did realize that the sunken ship was a haven for the host of the usual pretty but smallish tropical reef fish which surround it..

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