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

Dive Paradise/Hotel Cozumel: "Comfortable Dive Resort; Mixed Up Dive Operator", Feb, 2015,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 65 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 8149.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorro, Fiji, Solomons, GBR, Vanuatu,
PNG, Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Kosrae
Closest Airport CZM Getting There Red-eye from SFO thru IAH

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Most dives were about 45-50 minutes; no deco; group diving; safety stop at 700 psi

Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The marine critters are the usual suspects for the caribbean -- plenty of large angelfish (French, gray and queen), filefish, triggerfish, parrotfish including midnight and rainbow, plenty of small stuff like cr ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments This was my 6th time diving with Dive Paradise and my worst experience with them. The operation seemed to be overwhelmed by the large number of divers at the Hotel Cozumel Resort. It seemed like every morning and afternoon, there was confusion regarding what dive boat we were on and what time it was leaving. It was usually late. There were 2 occasions when I was switched from the dive boat I has already on with my gear to another dive boat so the manager could max out the number of divers on the boat. In addition, on more than one dive, there were delays and extra stops due to SNAFU's with rental gear.

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By Craig A Wood in PA, US at Mar 17, 2015 05:03 EST  
So many good operators on Cozumel, a shame to use one that does not meet your expectations. I have not stayed at Hotel Cozumel since 2006 but had a wonderful time diving with Aldora and was picked up at the Hotel Cozumel dock. My review is still here on UC. Though we have switched accommodations, we have happily stuck with Aldora
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