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

Dive Paradise/Hotel Cozumel, Aug, 2011,

by stephen murvine, CA, US ( 2 reports). Report 6168.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Hawaiian islands, Lembaugh Indonesia , Roatan Hondouras , California , Sea of Cortez Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions they wanted the dives limited to appx 50 minutes, but didn't herd us.
they left me alone once they were comfortable with my skills , which is exactly what i wanted .
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments i got a lot of good photo's of scenery and fish on the first two dives of the day because we went south where the currents were less, and dives were deeper.
the afternoon and night dives were ALWAYS shallow , fast current drift dives. challenging photography, but i got nurse sharks, and a splendid toadfish by ducking behind formations and getting out of currents . the boat crew learned how to handle my camera and they had shallow rinse tanks onboard . not much room to store, nor work on camera's onboard though. (other boats had more space) the dive shop and hotel has no camera facalities and are not used to photogs .

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments it was adequate, the rooms were clean, air conditioned, and the food was enough to fill the gut.
nothing exceptional, and kinda boring after a few meals .
the dive shop wasn't as good, and we kept having issues (they just wanted more $$$)the owner (Apple) promised our group extras and then didn't tell her staff.
she was never there at the shop, and we had to argue, and make them call her to get promised perks.
it seemed that they were just trying to nickle and dime everyone , and that was their #1 priority . they didn't even have o-rings for the tanks they gave us.
if i ever go back to Coz, i won't stay there due to the dive shop(not the boat crews though)
the boats and diving were great though .
Steve M
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