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

Dive Paradise/Hotel Cozumel, Feb, 2005,

by Larry D. Sensenig, Iowa, USA . Report 1616.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Besides multiple prior trips to Cozumel I have been diving in the Grand Caymans, Bon Terra Mine(outside of St Louis), Table Rock (AK), Meyerstown Quarry(PA), Lake Okoboji (Iowa)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions On two tank dives the first dive was to be generally to 80-90 feet with the second dive to a shallower depth. One hour interval between dives. All dives were to have a 3-5 minute safty stop at 15 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My wife and I, along with another nondiving couple, traveled to Cozumel for a spring break trip (Feb. 26 to March 5, 2005). We lost the equivelent of a day getting there because of a mechanical problem on a Continental flight. We were to arrive at 2:00pm on Feb. 26, but didn't arrive until 11:00am on the 27th, thus I lost some dive opportunities. We were treated to a complimentary drink upon arriving at the Hotel Cozumel. We did not want a ground floor room, but that is what we were assigned. After voicing our displeasure they changed the room. Dive Paradise is a well run organization. Upon arrival they quickly get you checked in and allow you to do a shore check-out dive. I was at first dismayed that I had been placed on what I knew was an older "slow" boat, but I came to like the smaller boats. Fewer people means more relaxed diving and more personal attention. Dive masters and crew try to be accomodating and they were friendly. Between dives one is served a sandwich, fruit, and a drink. I believe that the dive profiles were a bit conservative for a boat full of people that had dive computers. The divemaster always asked the group where they wanted to go (do or see) each day. No one mentioned tips, but most divers were tipping after each dive.
Midweek we decided to take the ferry to the mainland to visit the Mayan ruins at ChichenItza. Although the bus trip took all day I'm very glad to have seen these magnificent icons of the past.
Sights while diving were great, with either coral swim-throughs, walls, or coral beds on every dive. We saw no rays or sharks, but we did see turtles, large barracuda, lobster, crab, eels, quite a few spotted drums and lots of queen and french angles, grunts, silver sides, etc. The night dive was really special, don't miss it.
I would recommend the following restaurants: El Moro, Las Tortugas, or Primas. Although these restaurants are well known, they are well known for a reason. Everyone in our party had great meals.
Although I still plan on diving other noted Caribbean locations, I always will be drawn to Cozumel for its world class diving, safe environment, friendly people, and reasonable prices.




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