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

Dive Paradise/Hotel Barracuda, Sep, 2006,

by Julie Tayloe, TX, USA . Report 2753.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Yucatan, Carribean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth, time, equipment (no gloves or dive knives)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments We spent most of our time on the fast boats (6 pax) and no facilities other than a rinse bucket were avaiable, but not needed as I was using a digital camera.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I visit Cozumel about 3-6 times yearly. The beds at the Barracuda are new, and as hard as the old ones. The hotel has updated with a new pool and bar, but has a tendency to get loud with locals, their children and cruise ship passengers. Hurricane Wilma's affects are still evident both above and below water: the fauna is returning as are the fish, the coral has a lot of sand on it, but it is coming back. Dive paradise now offers a boat ride to dive the shore of the mainland and the area is a turtle lovers paradise. I plan to go back as soon as my schedule allows.
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