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Dive Review of Dive Paradise/Villa Miranda in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

December, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by David Rand, AK, USA
Report Number 343
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Alaska, B.C., Washington, Thailand, Belize, Florida, USVI, Galapagos, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Restrictions varied but usually covered a max preferred depth until the
dive master was comfortable with your skills.  Also, due to strong
currents, the dive masters liked to keep the group together.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
We stayed at Villa Miranda (, about 2 blocks east of
Plaza Las Glorias.  I highly recommend it.  It has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and
lots of space.  The first floor has an open-air kitchen, living room and
dining room complete with a pool.  The on-site managers Brent and Jennifer
were very helpful but also very careful to allow us our privacy.  We cooked
and ate about 1/2 of our meals at our villa, the rest were at restaurants
throughout San Miguel.  

The location of Villa Miranda is also excellent.  It's 2 blocks from the
largest supermarket on the island and within walking distance of many
decent restaurants.  Although it's not needed, we rented a car for about
half the time we were there.  

Every day I'd walk take a 5 minute walk down to Plaza Las Glorias where
Dive Paradise would pick me up.  Even though my wife was pregnant and
unable to dive, she also enjoyed herself with walks to the beach, lots of
swimming and plenty of relaxing.  

Dive Paradise was also an excellent operation.  They were almost always
punctual, had good, safe boats and experienced dive masters.  I recommend
taking the small/fast boats.  It saves at least 90 minutes of travel time
each trip, and keeps the groups smaller and more experienced.  Overall the
diving was excellent, although I was expecting more fish.  I didn't see
massive schools of fish that I've seen elsewhere.  But the currents were
fast and furious and lots of fun.  

If I had only one thing to change (and it's a big one) it's to keep all
those darn cruise ships away.  The people pouring off them would inundated
San Miguel.  I think we had 8 ships there on Christmas day. 

If we had to do it all over again, we'd do it all over again!
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