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Dive Review of Dive Paradise in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Harris, TX, USA
Report Number 2571
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Baja California, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
150   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
recreational limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Dive Paradise, Carnival Cruise:Estasy July 6-9,2006 Jack and Paula Harris,
Richardson, TX. Experience:500-700 dives, Vis: 80-100+ feet. Water: 80F
calm. The diving was good.

We have been diving with Dive Paradise for about six years.  My wife and I
had not been on a cruise in about 15 years so instead of the usual,
"hop a plane and run down to Cozumel" we took a cruise ( My wife
wanted the cruise pampering).  

I emailed Apple the owner of Dive Paradise informing her we would be in
port Saturday morning.  I expressed concern about diving and getting back
to the boat in time for departure, as when we were in Cozumel in February
there was a couple from a cruise ship that did not get back to their boat
in time. Most of the dive trips leave in the morning about eight or leave
for the afternoon at one. Apple said this would not be a problem.  She had
us an "express boat" at eleven.  We ended up being the only ones
on the fast boat and we still only paid what we normally do. Apple has
always taken care of business.

The dive master was very compentent, professional, safety minded and able
to find marine critters on every dive. He took us to Santa Rosa wall for 
the first dive and Tormentos reef for the second dive. We were diving by
computers and the dive master allowed us the freedom to explore and to have
all the bottom time we required. We were pleasently surprised by spotting
an octopus and a splended toad fish free swimming on a daytime dive. While
diving at Tormentos we saw many reef fish: Queens and gray angels, tangs,
butterflies and a large nurse shark. The reef is improving since our trip
in February of 2006.

Dive Paridise staff went out of their way to accomodate our unusal dive
time request. Diving from the cruise ship is out of the ordinary, but I
have always experiened outstanding service from this dive company. This
trip we received great service, diving and my wife got in her pampering day
at the spa on the ship. 

Good communication is always a necessary requirement for a great dive
vacation. Communication by email was very efficient and all of our
expectations were met.
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