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

Dive Paradise/Hotel Cozumel, Mar, 2007,

by Paul Schmieder, TX, United States . Report 3231.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

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