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

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jon Bunnell, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4138
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Va. Beach, North Carolina, FL Keys, Walkers Cay, Bimini, Grand Bahama, Truk
Lagoon, Maui, La Bufadora MX, Southern California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Allowed to dive own profile once DM was familiar with you. Asked to say
within visual.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was my third trip to Cozumel-1st trip in 1997-2nd 2004. I was hesitant
after the hurricane, and after reading many reports of sand on the reefs
and shallow areas being impacted. I was persuaded when I was again
convinced of the cost compared to other dive destinations. You can still
get good air and lodging deals to Cozumel. I prefer to stay away from the
all inclusives because I prefer to have a say in the dive operater and also
prefer the "fast Boats". I also prefer to eat in town and try the
different small local restaraunts. My wife and I have a routine of two
morning dives every day-this gives us time to explore the rest of the
island over our stay. My first two visits I stayed at Plaza Las Glorias
which is on the edge of town, unfortunately it has followed the pack and
been transformed to an all inclusive. We were able to get an excellent
bargain for 10 days and 9 nights with airfare. The Hotel we chose was Villa
Blanca- it is just south of town and about a 20-30 minute walk. Hotel is
basic and clean with a pool-nothing fancy just basic. Room is spacious but
the water pressure for the shower is very poor-barely a stream. The hotel
is right across from a pier for the dive operater to pick you up. Before
leaving I researched on line and the chapbook for dive operaters. My first
trip to Cozumel I used Chico's which no longer exists, my second trip I
used Dive Paradise. Both experiences were good. I am amazed at how prompt
they are in the morning at the dock behind your hotel! The reviews were not
favorable for Dive Paradise. When I arrived I began visiting Dive Shops
looking to book fast boats (No More than 6 divers-Faster) for the entire
week, for my wife and myself. Next to Villa Blanca is Hog's diving and they
could not get me out the following day but looked good for the rest of the
week. Dive Paradise had a small office on the beach by my hotel and one
more on the way to town,both could not book me on the fast boats for the
whole week. I visited two other operaters on the way into town-one at the
barracuda the other escapes me. I ended up at the main office for Dive
Paradise right on the edge of town. Walked in and was told no problem. At
this point I asked to dive Devils Throat on Wednesday and Maracaibo at some
point during the week-he said he would make note of it. The diving went
without a hitch the fast boats were there daily at 0815 as promised, and
with the exception of Devil's Throat/Maracaibo- back to the dock at noon.
Had three different dive masters over the week all three were very easy
going and non-restrictive. Emilio who has been with them on and off over
the last 20 years was absolutely the best. I found the diving to be the
same as I remembered-we saw over 30 turtles. The sand on the reefs was not
noticeable to me- it was similar to dives I have done throughout the
carribean- of course some damage is noticeable from the hurricane, but not
enough to stay away from what I consider to be some of the most conveniant
and beautiful diving available to us in this hemisphere. As far as Dive
Paradise- I found them to once again be an outstanding operation. They have
the largest fleet so no worries if a boat breaks down- They have a newer
Fast boat- 1-2 years old which is a 28 foot off-shore fishing boat very
nice. They did get us to Devils Throat and Maracaibo as promised- Excellent
trip/excellent value.
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