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

Dive Paradise/Hotel Cozumel: "Second enjoyable trip to Cozumel.", Feb, 2015,

by Jacques Tanguay, ON, CA ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8144.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my second dive trip to Cozumel. Went with a group of 26 divers. The group was divided between two boats Aries and the Renegade.

Dove the popular southern sites on the map and saw just about everything on the fish id card. Any fish you asked for was located by the DM's. Saw five lionfish all week and one was speared by DM who then spent the rest of the dive looking for an eel or shark to feed it to. Trips out to the southern sites were close to an hour which left plenty of time to socialize / tan. Pop / water /cookies and fresh fruit offered between dives. Crew was excellent.

Dislikes: The Aries broke down due to a coolant leak and was repaired on the spot while the divers were all suited up waiting for the boat to go to the dive site. It gets hot sitting there poised. After that the next couple days the boat seemed to spew a lot of exhaust fumes on the trips out to the sites.
Both boats had the worst ladders I've ever used. The ladders were bent in and you had to use a knotted rope to pull yourself up.
The dive storage lockers are tiled, locked enclosures with no drainage or ventilation. After a week of your gear sitting in a 1/4" inch of water, opening the locker door in the morning is a shock to your nose.
Each morning you had to report at the dive shop near the dock at 8AM to check in and wait for your assigned boat. The boats would show up in no order and people would board. If someone was late the boat would untie, back out and wait. Then the next boat would come in and load up. Don't know why they couldn't schedule them and if you're late it's your loss.

Hotel Cozumel: Resort is a clean, comfortable three star resort with great staff. Ask for a foam mattress pad if you don't like a firm bed. Small beach area. Large pool with plenty of seats. Had the all inclusive package. Food was good but not great. The entertainment staff put on shows every night.
Websites Dive Paradise   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Cozumel, Roatan
Closest Airport CZM Getting There WestJet direct from Toronto

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 77-79°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits depending on site(wall),time (1 hour), and 700 psi head up for safety stop.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Don't have camera but rinse tanks on both boats were half a plastic drum.
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