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

February, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Larry D. Sensenig, Iowa, USA
Report Number 1616
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Besides multiple prior trips to Cozumel I have been diving in the Grand
Caymans, Bon Terra Mine(outside of St Louis), Table Rock (AK), Meyerstown
Quarry(PA), Lake Okoboji (Iowa)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On two tank dives the first dive was to be generally to 80-90 feet with the
second dive to a shallower depth. One hour interval between dives. All
dives were to have a 3-5 minute safty stop at 15 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
     My wife and I, along with another nondiving couple, traveled to
Cozumel for a spring break trip (Feb. 26 to March 5, 2005). We lost the
equivelent of a day getting there because of a mechanical problem on a
Continental flight. We were to arrive at 2:00pm on Feb. 26, but didn't
arrive until 11:00am on the 27th, thus I lost some dive opportunities. We
were treated to a complimentary drink upon arriving at the Hotel Cozumel.
We did not want a ground floor room, but that is what we were assigned.
After voicing our displeasure they changed the room. Dive Paradise is a
well run organization. Upon arrival they quickly get you checked in and
allow you to do a shore check-out dive. I was at first dismayed that I had
been placed on what I knew was an older "slow" boat, but I came
to like the smaller boats. Fewer people means more relaxed diving and more
personal attention. Dive masters and crew try to be accomodating and they
were friendly. Between dives one is served a sandwich, fruit, and a drink.
I believe that the dive profiles were a bit conservative for a boat full of
people that had dive computers. The divemaster always asked the group where
they wanted to go (do or see) each day. No one mentioned tips, but most
divers were tipping after each dive. 
     Midweek we decided to take the ferry to the mainland to visit the
Mayan ruins at ChichenItza. Although the bus trip took all day I'm very
glad to have seen these magnificent icons of the past. 
     Sights while diving were great, with either coral swim-throughs,
walls, or coral beds on every dive. We saw no rays or sharks, but we did
see turtles, large barracuda, lobster, crab, eels, quite a few spotted
drums and lots of queen and french angles, grunts, silver sides, etc. The
night dive was really special, don't miss it.
     I would recommend the following restaurants: El Moro, Las Tortugas, or
Primas. Although these restaurants are well known, they are well known for
a reason. Everyone in our party had great meals.
     Although I still plan on diving other noted Caribbean locations, I
always will be drawn to Cozumel for its world class diving, safe
environment, friendly people, and reasonable prices. 

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