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Dive Review of Dive Paradise/Costa Club/Las Brisas in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Debbie Pasich, CA, USA
Report Number 262
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Dominica, Fiji, Honduras, Belize,Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 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):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
The diving:  Overall, very good!  This, our sixth trip to Cozumel in the
past 14 years, has seen improvements in the protection of the reef.  The
“no gloves” and don’t feed the fish policies
in the marine park have made for unafraid and occasionally inquisitive
creatures.  Good visibility, numerous turtles, a few nurse sharks (one
actually swimming!), large lobsters and more angelfish than ever!  This
coupled with great underwater formations and the typical Caribbean
underwater fare makes for good Cozumel diving.  (We noticed what appeared
to be a green slime on a number of the gray angels – any idea
what that is?)

The dive operation:  The dive briefing on the first day was extremely
thorough in explaining boat procedures and diving expectations.  The
briefings were always the same and by the third boat dive the briefings
were pretty tedious.  They would do well to group people and boat crews
together for a few days to help eliminate going over everything EVERY dive.
There was one dive guide for each 8 divers in the water and they typically
followed their pre-planned dive profile.  They allowed for a little extra
bottom time at shallower depths for those of us wanting it at the end of
the dive. 

The dive lockers on the property:  Very conveniently located close to the
dock and if you like stench after the first day, these lockers are for you!
 They are horizontal boxes that are completely lined with tile.  They have
ZERO ventilation and are so short you cannot hang anything to dry.

The resort:  Pretty grounds, a beautiful and well-kept pool, comfortable
rooms (need new pillows!), and a small beach area on the other side of the
road.  There is an underground tunnel connecting the hotel to the beach.  
Having said all that, there was a change in ownership while we were there
so who knows what changes will occur.  One suggested change would be for a
coffee station in the lobby in the morning or coffee makers in the rooms. 
Coffee was not available until 7 am when the dining room opened.  I
question the new owners attitude toward the guests as the day after the
signs on the property changed they had a private party for travel agents. 
For this nights festivities they closed the pool, hot tub AND beach to the
paying guests.

The food:  Was plentiful and has potential.  The food had really good
flavors and if you ordered from the menu it was quite good.  If you are
partaking of their “all inclusive package” you are
relegated to the buffet where the food was, without fail, cold.  
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