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

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Schmieder, TX, United States
Report Number 3231
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Little Cayman, Bonaire, USVI, BVI, Bahamas, Flower Gardens (Texas),
Channel Islands (California), Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth was flexible within a few feet of what was specified during the
pre-dive briefing, but when tank air reached 700 PSI the safety stop became
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
A fresh water camera rinse bucket was offered on each boat, but no pre-dive
instruction was offered so that new divers, who didn't know better, were
using the camera rinse bucket as a mask rinse bucket.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
We had stayed at Hotel Cozumel for one week as recently as last December
when we were there according to a breakfast-only plan in combination with a
Dive Paradise package.  This time we decided to book it as an all-inclusive
over a long, get-away 4-day weekend because of the value of the overall
package that was still being offered, again with Dive Paradise.  The Hotel
Cozumel staff was as friendly as before, the rooms are clean and the need
to walk across the street (or through their tunnel under the street) to the
dive shop and pier wasnt really a problem for us given that the location
is relatively close to town and the total cost was easy on our wallets. 
All meals are served buffet-style and I enjoyed the morning omelette
station with freshly cooked eggs and lunchtime grill offering burgers and
fresh fajita meat.  For dinner there was an attended pasta station and each
meal provided all the sides, breads and deserts you could want.   Though
tasty for the most part, the only problem with doing the all-inclusive plan
is that after about 3 days the food begins to look all the same.  Even so,
the additional cost of the all-inclusive plan was offset by the convenience
of having everything right there and, with the hotel being relatively close
to town, one can take a break from the daily sameness by trying one of many
excellent off-site restaurants.   Likewise, Dive Paradise does a good job
with attending to diver needs and preferences.  Whether experienced or
relative new to the sport, Dive Paradise staff will try to group all divers
with similarly skilled others.  Also, there is an option to sign up for
their fast boats which are smaller, usually carry a half dozen divers
that are typically more experienced and, though these boats lack commodes,
are able to arrive at the southern dive sites more quickly and so ahead of
the rush of all other dive operators.  Pre-dive briefings set the limits on
depth and describe how long the dive should last, but time underwater will
be enforced according to how much air you or your dive buddy has left in
the tank so that safety stops must commence as soon as 700 PSI is reached. 
Overall, this is a nice package with all the conveniences and we were
blessed by good weather that improved over the course of our stay.
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