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

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis Jacobson, Co, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 4598
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
I have dove throughout the greater Carribean, Florida, Southern California,
Hawaiian Islands and Fiji
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Experienced/insured professionals could vary from profile  and depth and
time guidelines within reason.  We never felt overly controlled by the boat
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
As these are day boats, all that was needed (and provided) was fresh water
dip and bucket.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
This is Cozumel, and it was the week of New Year's.  We opted for a lower
end hotel, and it was perfectly adequate.  The boats left from an on-site
pier, and the on-premises restaurant was very good.  We had very good
weather and conditions, and no real surprises, except that there was an
additional charge of $13.00 per person for diving a 2 tank dive on New
Year's Day.  We had to cancel our trip in April, and this was a reschedule.
 Both the Barracuda Hotel and Dive Paradise moved us to this holiday week
with no extra charges, which we appreciated and felt was very generous.

Boats arrived on time all but one day, and that one day was less than an
hour late.  We did have a wide variety of experience and competence among
the divers on baoard, but I thought the divemasters accommodated everyone
quite well.  Extended bottom time and more foregiving depth profiles were
allowed for more experienced divers, provided one remained within proper
NDL limits.  We had terrific diving all week, and no complaints.

Those who stay at the Barracuda should know that cruise ship crew members
spend off hours there, sometime in large numbers.  This is not all
negative, but can make it loud during the afternoon hours.  My wife and I
enjoyed meeting the people from all over the world, and found their
presense to be more of a plus than a minus. 

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