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Dive Review of Dive Paradise in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Wilkerson, Texas, USA
Report Number 72
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Florida Keys, San Diego, Bimini
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
[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):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
[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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