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Dive Review of Dive Paradise/Costa Club/Las Brisas in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Dive Paradise/Costa Club/Las Brisas, Oct, 2002,

by Debbie Pasich, CA, USA . Report 262.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Dominica, Fiji, Honduras, Belize, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 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 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The diving: Overall, very good! This, our sixth trip to Cozumel in the past 14 years, has seen improvements in the protection of the reef. The “no gloves” and don’t feed the fish policies in the marine park have made for unafraid and occasionally inquisitive creatures. Good visibility, numerous turtles, a few nurse sharks (one actually swimming!), large lobsters and more angelfish than ever! This coupled with great underwater formations and the typical Caribbean underwater fare makes for good Cozumel diving. (We noticed what appeared to be a green slime on a number of the gray angels – any idea what that is?)

The dive operation: The dive briefing on the first day was extremely thorough in explaining boat procedures and diving expectations. The briefings were always the same and by the third boat dive the briefings were pretty tedious. They would do well to group people and boat crews together for a few days to help eliminate going over everything EVERY dive. There was one dive guide for each 8 divers in the water and they typically followed their pre-planned dive profile. They allowed for a little extra bottom time at shallower depths for those of us wanting it at the end of the dive.

The dive lockers on the property: Very conveniently located close to the dock and if you like stench after the first day, these lockers are for you! They are horizontal boxes that are completely lined with tile. They have ZERO ventilation and are so short you cannot hang anything to dry.

The resort: Pretty grounds, a beautiful and well-kept pool, comfortable rooms (need new pillows!), and a small beach area on the other side of the road. There is an underground tunnel connecting the hotel to the beach. Having said all that, there was a change in ownership while we were there so who knows what changes will occur. One suggested change would be for a coffee station in the lobby in the morning or coffee makers in the rooms. Coffee was not available until 7 am when the dining room opened. I question the new owners attitude toward the guests as the day after the signs on the property changed they had a private party for travel agents. For this nights festivities they closed the pool, hot tub AND beach to the paying guests.

The food: Was plentiful and has potential. The food had really good flavors and if you ordered from the menu it was quite good. If you are partaking of their “all inclusive package” you are relegated to the buffet where the food was, without fail, cold.
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