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Dive Review of Dive Paradise/Coral Sands in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

December, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by John Keith, Utah, USA
Report Number 788
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Turks and Caicos, Cabo San Lucas, CA, FL, Spain (Canary Islands)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
24   to 27    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with group recommended  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
bucket for cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Apple's operation is first class.  My wife and I (advanced) and son (PADI
open water) really enjoyed the dives and the crew.  We left on time and the
DM and captain tried to find locations that were both good diving and free
of other boats.  Corals were very good - as expected.  A couple of reef
sharks, a turtle, a few eels and a group of squid were sighted along with
lots of other critters and fish.  Apple and her staff were really
accomodating - even forgave me losing my locker key.  Facilities were a
little small and the wash tank got pretty full at times, but the restaurant
next to the shop was good and had Noche Buena.  The Coral Sands (RCI
exchange) was adequate.  Great sunsets and a not bad snorkling area (saw a
couple of small eels fighting over a crevice).  The drive (need a car for
sure at CS) around the island was quite interesting - visit to the
lighthouse and bird sanctuary followed by lunch on the eastern shore and a
visit to the ruins.  Only real downer was when the cruise ships arrived. 
Downtown was a zoo and the dive boats went out like ants.  I'm going back,
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