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

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Watt Hinson, Texas, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 2724
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally 80-90' on the first dive with 50'-60' on the second dive,
although after the dive master became comfortable you could dive your own
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
My wife and I were in Cozumel for a 10 day trip from 8/16/06 to 8/26/06.
Overall it was an excellent trip.

We were concerned that the recent addition of the pool and swim up bar at
the Barracuda would be a negative. The pool was added after Wilma and
caters to cruise ship crew personnel and hotel guests. As the week went by
we came to enjoy both the pool and the bar. It was great to meet new
people, other than divers, and the ability to get a drink or snack without
having to clean up after diving was a major plus. After about 5:00p, the
crowd clears out and the music shifts more towards jazz. I've always enjoy
a drink after dinner and the bar made that a definite plus. We've decided
that we will continue to stay at the Barracuda.

As usual, dove with Dive Paradise all week on their fast boats and EDP
boats. The diving was very good, although weather and currents varied. The
best dives were at Marriciabo Shallows, La Francesca and the a couple of
dives on the mainland reefs. We saw at least 25 turtles on the mainland
dive! These were all on EDP boats. 

The fast boats had fairly inexperienced divers on board, but this was by
design, since some friends of ours flew down for their first open water
boat dives. The DMs let us pretty much dive our own profile after the
inexperienced divers surfaced.  
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