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

Dive Paradise/Hotel Barracuda: "Hotel Barracuda - Dive Paradise", May, 2016,

by Henry O Ziller, CO, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 8946.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean and Central America, Micronesia, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Tanzania, Australia, and Fiji.
Closest Airport CZM Getting There Denver to Cozumel with a 50 minute stop in Houston. Same route returning except a longer layover in Houston.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and air or time
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 There was a 5 gallon bucket for cameras and one for other items. ... 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 N/A
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 3 stars
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Comments This was our sixth trip to Cozumel so we knew the routine. After we passed through immigration and customs we headed straight to the right when you leave customs to by-pass the hawkers. The ride to Hotel Barracuda was short considering the $10/person fare. There are ATMs in the airport, but dollars are accepted everywhere in the area so there is no need for pesos.
This was our first stay at Hotel Barracuda, and there probably will not be another. The cost was great, $676.00/pp for 7 nights and 5 days of three tanks diving, the location is great, close to downtown and directly across the street from the Mega, the store that literally has everything! (Think super Wal-Mart only more) BUT! The hotel has a 3 story section and a 4 story section neither of which has an elevator, nor do they have a bellhop. We were on the 3rd floor and the room was large enough and had two double beds. There is a night stand, some shelving, closet for hanging garments, and a chest. The bathroom has a shower, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Gregory Bruce in CA, US at Jun 07, 2016 10:27 EST  
Next time you are back in Cozumel, I would highly recommend staying at the Hotel Plaza Cozumel and diving with Blue Magic Scuba. Both are right downtown in very convenient locations. You will be out on high speed boats with groups of no more than 7 people. The hotel includes a really great breakfast and total cost is going to be comparable to what you paid for Dive Paradise package. Actually should be less. Check my reader reports for more details.
By Jill Rain in WA, US at Jun 07, 2016 11:24 EST  
Sounds exactly the same as when I did that combo 20 years ago! You get what you pay for, never more true. Except when one of our dives was called off they loaded us all into the back of an open pickup, which was a lot of fun, and in the pouring rain, but now I hear it coulda been worse, heh. The Hotel B is also very noisy, between the bar and the road traffic. After one experience with DP we have dived with Aldora. Yeah, it costs more but it's a MUCH better experience (see the various reviews of them). There are likely other good dive ops. Cattle boats are awful, and potentially dangerous. I used rental equipment that trip and the inflator on their BC got stuck 100' down. If I hadn't managed to disconnect it, could have been my last dive.
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