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Dive Review of Dive Paradise/Hotel Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Marjorie, MN, USA
Report Number 1483
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Key Largo, Grand Cayman, Bermuda, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Several sites in
MN and WI
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow dive guide, depth and time limits, start ascent at 700 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
The resort was set up well for this type of trip.  The rooms were large,
balconeys had pegs and racks to hang gear, beds were comfortable, wished
the rooms had more light.  The food was good -- not great -- and available
at times convenient to the dive boats.  No one got sick from the food as
had been reported by others.  We got off the morning boat, ate at the beach
restaurant and got on the afternoon boat after a rest under the palm trees
overlooking the ocean. The underground walkway from the resort to the
beach/dive shop was convenient.  There are large rinse areas and places to
hang gear near the dock.  We didn't bother with the lockers after examining
them -- as others had reported, they are condusive to creating stench.

The "beach" doesn't really exist.  There is a sand area with
several deck chairs.  An area of the water is roped off for snorkeling,
beach diving.  The "hot tub" was more of a "warm tub."

The dive operator was well organized, although dive briefings could have
been more thorough.  They tried to accomodate the divers' wishes as to dive
sites.  Briefings consisted of, "This is X reef, max time is Y, max
depth is Z, start your ascent when you have 700 psi, follow the DM." 
The diving itself was incredible -- saw juvenile trunk fish, juvenile
spotted drum, variety of eels, indigo hamlets, seahorses (one was
pregnant), the biggest lobster ever, splendid toad fish, every imaginable
parrot fish, queen trigger fish, trunk fish dancing (mating?), etc.  The
DMs were good at finding the less obvious fish and critters.  On several
dives, the current was amazingly strong -- flying backwards over a reef in
excess of 3 knots is an interesting experience.   

One day of diving was cancelled due to weather -- they gave us a rain check
good for diving more than 30 days after the date cancelled, no expiration
date.  If you order Nitrox, check it carefully.  While most fills were
within 1% of the mix ordered, one day a tank labelled 32% actually
contained 37%.  Tanks ranged from 2800psi to 3200 psi, whether air or

We would return to this resort and would recommend it without hesitation. 
We felt we got really good value for our money.

What we wish we knew before:  Fly directly into Cozumel rather than Cancun.
While you might save some on airfare, the hassle of the van ride, ferry
ride is just not worth it.   
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