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Dive Review of Dive Paradise in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Dive Paradise, Aug, 2002,

by Mark Wilkerson, Texas, USA . Report 72.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]Florida Keys, San Diego, Bimini
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]The dive profiles were agreed upon with all divers and the divemaster within limits. They were disigned to maximize bottom time and see the best parts of the reef. First dives were 80 to 90 feet and second dives were 50 to 60 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]Freash water tanks on all vessels for masks and camera equipment. Room for plenty photographic equipment. Crew very helpful with.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]This was my second trip with this operation. Crew and divemasters were knowledgable and very helpful. Most trips had two dive masters on each boat and two sailors to assist with gearing up and to help with getting in and out of the water. Dive breifings were very complete and the instructions were clear. Divemasters were very familiar with the reefs and points of interrest that captured everyones full attention. Sea Horses, large groupers and lobsters. We even saw a sordfish one afternoon when we returned to our dive boat. Divers can vote on reefs they wish to visit. These boats are fairly slow so don't expect to visit far away reefs unless you elect to pay additional for their smaller "fast boats". These "fast boats" cost a few dollors more and the reefs aren't any better than the closer reefs. If you want to visit "Punta Sur" and the "Devil's Throat" and you are near San Miguel you will need to hire a "fast boat". Apple runs this operation and she is friendly and helpful. We have never had any problems with reservations and boats are on time. They pick you up at your resort or at a prearranged location if you are not on the water. On the last day of our trip my wife had problems clearing her ear, as we later discovered she had a inner ear infection, and the second divemaster buddied up with me so I could finish my dives for the day. Apple's operation puts safety first and follows proper dive procedures. The prices are very fair. After checking the internet I found that Cozumel can compete with any other dive location for quality of the dive and beat most them with respect of cost per dive. I will return again next year and maybe hire a "fast boat" and visit the "Devil's Throat". The best deals run from April 16 through December 15.
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