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

May, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Henry O Ziller, CO, US
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Hotel Barracuda - Dive Paradise"
Report Number 8946
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Throughout the Caribbean and Central America, Micronesia, Indonesia,
Philippines, Maldives, Tanzania, Australia, and Fiji.
Closest Airport
Getting There
Denver to Cozumel with a 50
minute stop in Houston. Same
route returning except a
longer layover in Houston.

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth and air or time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
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Boat Facilities
2 stars
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There was a 5 gallon bucket for cameras and one for other items.
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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This was our sixth trip to Cozumel so we knew the routine. After we passed
through immigration and customs we headed straight to the right when you
leave customs to by-pass the hawkers. The ride to Hotel Barracuda was short
considering the $10/person fare. There are ATMs in the airport, but
dollars are accepted everywhere in the area so there is no need for pesos.

This was our first stay at Hotel Barracuda, and there probably will not be
another. The cost was great, $676.00/pp for 7 nights and 5 days of three
tanks diving, the location is great, close to downtown and directly across
the street from the Mega, the store that literally has everything! (Think
super Wal-Mart only more) BUT! The hotel has a 3 story section and a 4
story section neither of which has an elevator, nor do they have a bellhop.
We were on the 3rd floor and the room was large enough and had two double
beds.  There is a night stand, some shelving, closet for hanging garments,
and a chest. The bathroom has a shower,  ...
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By Gregory Bruce in CA, US at Jun 07, 2016 10:27 EST  
Next time you are back in Cozumel, I would highly recommend staying at the
Hotel Plaza Cozumel and diving with Blue Magic Scuba. Both are right
downtown in very convenient locations. You will be out on high speed boats
with groups of no more than 7 people. The hotel includes a really great
breakfast and total cost is going to be comparable to what you paid for
Dive Paradise package. Actually should be less. Check my reader reports for
more details.
By Jill Rain in WA, US at Jun 07, 2016 11:24 EST  
Sounds exactly the same as when I did that combo 20 years ago! You get what
you pay for, never more true. Except when one of our dives was called off
they loaded us all into the back of an open pickup, which was a lot of fun,
and in the pouring rain, but now I hear it coulda been worse, heh. The
Hotel B is also very noisy, between the bar and the road traffic. After one
experience with DP we have dived with Aldora. Yeah, it costs more but it's
a MUCH better experience (see the various reviews of them). There are
likely other good dive ops. Cattle boats are awful, and potentially
dangerous. I used rental equipment that trip and the inflator on their BC
got stuck 100' down. If I hadn't managed to disconnect it, could have been
my last dive.
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