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

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Charles Tache, TX, USA
Report Number 723
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Panhandle, Purto Rico (Culebra)
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
90 feet first dive, 80 feet second dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
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

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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