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

Dive Paradise/Hotel Brisas, Jul, 2003,

by Charles Tache, TX, USA . Report 723.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida Panhandle, Purto Rico (Culebra)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 90 feet first dive, 80 feet second dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Hotel Brisas is a good 3 star hotel. Beds were firm but to my liking. The airconditioning kept the room cool, but not totally dehumidified. The staff is friendly but not overly so. I believe that the staff would have been more courteous if I could have spoken the language. The food (all inclusive) was good, but my spouse did not care much for the dinner menues.

The pay phones in the hotel lobby advertise using a credit card at only $1.25 per minute to call the "States." Don't believe it!! There is a $35.00 minimum to use a credit card. Hotel staff even confirmed that the cost was only per minute, so they don't even know about the minimum charge. Protesting to the phone company after you receive your bill will get you a 40% discount, but that hardly makes the calls reasonable.

Dive Paradise is a good dive operation. The boats were clean and well maintained. However, there is a diverse assortment ranging from small to large. We seemed to get a different boat each of our six dive days. Briefings were good and safety procedures were emphasized. Dives were timed and depth regulated, but by being the first in and last out, we were able to get close to max "computer time." They will take you to C-53 if you want. The dive masters get a little sly grin when asked to go there, I am sure they wonder why we "Amaricanos" want to dive a wreck when there are such great reefs! However, C-53 really is a nice dive, as it is penetratable even for us non-cavers. The night dive was well conducted, and we waited on the boat until it was good and dark. Plenty of night life was out, and our dive master was good at finding lots of critters.
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