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

Dive Paradise/Hotel Barracuda, Aug, 2006,

by Watt Hinson, Texas, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 2724.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 0 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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 pofile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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