Banco Chinchorro, Mahahual

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Banco Chinchorro is an atoll reef lying off the southeast coast of the Municipality of Othón P. Blanco in Quintana Roo, Mexico, near Belize. It was featured throughout the 2009 semi-documentary film Alamar by Pedro González-Rubio.GeographyThe reef lies in Mexican waters offshore in the Caribbean Sea, or about east of the city of Chetumal. It is approximately 40.2km long from north to south, and approximately 16km wide at its widest point. It covers an area of. The atoll has three islands, with an aggregate land area of : Cayo Norte (actually two separate islets) (0.9 km²)Cayo Centro (5.6 km²)Cayo Lobos (southernmost) (0.2 km²) The natural vegetation of the islands is largely mangrove near the shore shading into open woodland more than 20to from the shore. There is an American crocodile reserve on the southernmost (and biggest) island. The islands (in common with many isolated tropical islands) are thickly populated with small crabs, which are tame and can be trodden on inadvertently by visitors.Some of the islands are inhabited by fishermen, who live in stilt houses about 60to offshore to circumvent local regulations forbidding private construction.ShipwrecksThe reef is home to at least nine shipwrecks, including two Spanish Galleons. The names of the known wrecked ships are: SS Caldera, SS Escasell, SS Far Star, SS Ginger Screw, SS Glen View, SS Penelopez, SS San Andreas, and SS Tropic. There is also a large ferry from Cozumel that washed up on Chinchorro during Hurricane Wilma.
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  • It's a nice bit of boating but you'll have some, especially on rough seas it can be a fierce ride. Nice snorkeling with lots of fishes, giant lobsters and nursesharks. Stop on the island where you can see the Krokkodillen, lizards and iguana ́s up close. Definitely worth it. (We've already dicked and snorkeled a lot of places but this is really a top 3 listing)
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  • We visited Banco Chinchorro thanks to Arturo and his colleagues from Bucanero del Caribe. The journey started not too pleasantly. Despite the fact that the boat was rather concrete and quite stable conditions for swimming were not favorable. After 1.5 hours of sailing we doplynelismy on the Wyplycenie and it turned out that we are on the spot. After a short brif we were already in the water. The main attraction was a shark group that accompanied us all the time by diving. Unfortunately I do not know what kind of genre. Overall, the diver was curious and I liked it very much. After leaving the water, we have to travel to the central island. This partly floated and covered with wetlands a piece of land divides that each one does not meet a hundred inhabitants with not know what quantity but I suppose that much larger crocodiles and iguana. I guess they manage to live in symbiosis. Crocodiles and iguana approach the buildings on stilted areas where they are fed. The views are really beautiful the color of the water calms down and it seems that you can live here without the stress of everyday life. Well, if not those crocodiles at every step. After visiting the island we returned to the boat and drove to the last dive. It turned out that it was the same place where we started and the diver was with the same sharks. With a wealth of rear dive sites it would be interesting to visit another place. But well, there's nothing to complain about I'd be immersed there again. The return was already much faster and calm thanks to the fact that the sea calmed down and practically there were no waves. Arturo I wanted to thank you for a great day and a lot of sensations such moments do not forget. I recommend another trip from the Bucaneros tel Caribe!!!
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