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Dive Review of Dive Paradise/Villa Miranda in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Dive Paradise/Villa Miranda, Dec, 2002,

by David Rand, AK, USA . Report 343.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Alaska, B.C., Washington, Thailand, Belize, Florida, USVI, Galapagos,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Restrictions varied but usually covered a max preferred depth until the dive master was comfortable with your skills. Also, due to strong currents, the dive masters liked to keep the group together.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We stayed at Villa Miranda (www.rentcozumel.com), about 2 blocks east of Plaza Las Glorias. I highly recommend it. It has 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and lots of space. The first floor has an open-air kitchen, living room and dining room complete with a pool. The on-site managers Brent and Jennifer were very helpful but also very careful to allow us our privacy. We cooked and ate about 1/2 of our meals at our villa, the rest were at restaurants throughout San Miguel.

The location of Villa Miranda is also excellent. It's 2 blocks from the largest supermarket on the island and within walking distance of many decent restaurants. Although it's not needed, we rented a car for about half the time we were there.

Every day I'd walk take a 5 minute walk down to Plaza Las Glorias where Dive Paradise would pick me up. Even though my wife was pregnant and unable to dive, she also enjoyed herself with walks to the beach, lots of swimming and plenty of relaxing.

Dive Paradise was also an excellent operation. They were almost always punctual, had good, safe boats and experienced dive masters. I recommend taking the small/fast boats. It saves at least 90 minutes of travel time each trip, and keeps the groups smaller and more experienced. Overall the diving was excellent, although I was expecting more fish. I didn't see massive schools of fish that I've seen elsewhere. But the currents were fast and furious and lots of fun.

If I had only one thing to change (and it's a big one) it's to keep all those darn cruise ships away. The people pouring off them would inundated San Miguel. I think we had 8 ships there on Christmas day.

If we had to do it all over again, we'd do it all over again!
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