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Dive Review of Dive Paradise in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Dive Paradise: "Return to Cozumel", Sep, 2017,

by Jerome M Hobart, NY, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10036 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]This was my 11th dive trip to Cozumel over the last 20 years. For various reasons( less crowded, less expensive, warm water, etc.) I have tried to pick the period in Sept. just after the Labor Day weekend. One of the negatives( I will discuss another later) is the possibility of hurricanes. You can't beat Cozumel for the dollar. Food and beer is cheap and my dive buddy and I like to eat in town at a different restaurant each night. Thus, no all-inclusive and Hotel Cozumel is an easy walk into town for dinner. Our dive package with Dive Paradise and Hotel Cozumel called for 2 dives a day and breakfast. Breakfast at the Hotel Cozumel was excellent. Having stayed at the Hotel Cozumel many years ago, it was noticed by the thread bare bath towels and sliding glass door in the room which wouldn't lock that ownership has let things go. We chose to use Dive Paradise's slow boat so we were limited to not going further south than the many dive options on Palancar Reef. Five out of 6 dive guides were very good but because it was a slow time of year for the dive business, Dive Paradise wanted to give all its employees a little work. This meant having different crew each day and being treated as a first day diver each day. As most of you know, it is much better for the customer to have the same crew each day so they can get to know you and you can get to know their dive habits.
Another problem at Dive Paradise is that if you want to leave your wet suit at the shop to dry( they do have lockers) you must pick it up by closing time. It would be so easy for them to wheel the rack of suits into the shop for over night, but that was not an option. Thus, each late afternoon or early evening we had to visit the dive shop to either put our dry wet suit in our locker or take it back to the room. One final comment I would like to make is that the reefs in Cozumel appear in much better shape than 5 or 6 years ago. It is still fun to let the current do the work and even though it makes picture taking difficult, you can't beat the knowledge that all you have to do is steer and let the current do the work. Obviously, I plan to return to Cozumel my favorite dive spot in the Caribbean.
Websites Dive Paradise   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Maldives, French Polynesia, Great Barrier Reef, Cozumel, Bonaire, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Curacao, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Belize, Grenada, Niagara River, St. Eustatius, Raja Ampat, Yap, Fiji, Palau, Honduras.
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There Cancun and then Ferry from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 100-150 Ft/ 30-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]Stay in group with guide. 100 ft. maximum unless guide goes deeper. Surface with group. Usually about 50 minutes. Safety Stop of 3 minutes at 15 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 [None]Small bucket for cameras, otherwise no other special facilities.
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