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

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Marjorie Griffing, MN, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 2287
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Bonaire Bermuda, Florida, Minnesota and Wisconsin
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Specified max depth and max time but we were (usually) able to dive our
computer limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Some boats had large tanks for cameras.  Others only had buckets for masks
which were used by cameras.  No tables or dry area to change film.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
This was our second trip to Cozumel Hotel and Resort and Dive Paradise. 
The last trip was in December 2004.  The resort has recovered nicely from
Wilma.  The most obvious evidence of the hurricane was the lack of trees: 
It was difficult to find shade.  The rooms continue to be spacious and set
up well for divers.  We booked AI because it was convenient.  The food was
better than our last stay 15 months ago.  While not gourmet by any means,
it was tasty, plentiful and available at convenient times.  Concerns about
cleanliness were obvious.

We did 13 dives in 5 days with Dive Paradise.  The shallow reefs were
obviously damaged by Wilma.  Tormentos and Paradise were especially damaged
 it was like diving over snow drifts.  We could see some evidence of the
corals trying to re-establish themselves, but mostly everything was covered
with sand.  Barrel sponges were filled with sand.

Deeper dives didnt look nearly as damaged and the fish were as plentiful
as ever.  We saw turtles on most dives.  After several days, people asked
the DM to stop pointing out lobsters since we had seen so many of them.  On
our last dive, two spotted eagle rays entertained us on the safety stop. 
They each had a wing span of at least 6 feet and swam around under us for
nearly the entire 3 minutes.  They were beautiful!

The dive operation was somewhat hit or miss depending who was on the boat,
both in terms of the DMs and the fellow divers.  Alfonso (DM) was great! 
Once he figured out we were competent, he let us do our thing.  During the
morning dives, the operation usually did a good job of grouping divers of
like experience on boats and within groups on the boats.  Once everyone was
on the boat, a consensus of where to dive was reached.  We were mostly able
to dive our computers limits.  

In the afternoon, however, there was no attempt at grouping people
appropriately.  The sent out as few boats with as many people as possible
on them.  While we enjoyed looking at the fish in their natural habitat
doing their own thing, other divers seemed to enjoy swimming headlong into
a school of fish on purpose to scatter them.  I suspect they lit bugs on
fire with a magnifying glass as kids!  One afternoon, we objected to diving
Villa Blanca wall again and it seemed we were to be punished  we were
dropped over sand with virtually nothing to see  it was at least 4 minutes
into the dive before we saw anything living.

On the last morning, 4 of the 12 divers on the boat had made some
pre-arrangements with Dive Paradise.  There was no attempt to reach any
consensus  the entire boat went where they wanted to dive.  They were the
first group in and last group out.  We were required to come up after 30
minutes even though we had 1500+ PSI left so that the boat would be ready
to pick up the first group per its pre-arrangement.  The eagle rays noted
above almost made up for the fact that someone else was controlling our
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