With a normal, 2 dive trip, the first dive is the deeper of the dives ranging from 50 to 100 feet deep. This could be a wall dive or a dive where you swim around or through very large and impressive coral formations, which Cozumel is known for.
The second dive is in more shallow water, less than 50 feet deep. We have lots of reading material available in the shop that prepares you for your dives and what to expect during the dive. Also, when on the boat, don’t hesitate to discuss with the Divemaster any of the procedures you don’t understand or are uncomfortable with, as they are more then happy to talk with you. The underwater visibility typically exceeds 150 feet. The picture on the left was taken on Palancar Reef (not in a swimming pool). You can now probably answer the 2nd question yourself!
Cozumel’s coral formations are huge and walls are consistently sponge decorated. There is a nearly constant wall or drop-off that parallels the western coast for more than 20 miles. The assortment of general marine life is in keeping with the best in the Caribbean.
If they don’t mind getting wet, simple snorkeling is the number one attraction. Hundreds of varieties of animal and plant life can be viewed just along the shore. We offer dedicated snorkeling boat trips! Also, we sometimes can accommodate snorkelers on our dive boats. The space on our dive boats is given first to certified divers; if there is availability on your diving days, snorkelers are welcome to join. Booking a snorkeler on the dive boat is done when you are on-island, since it is predicated on availability. . Please note that because our boats do not drop anchor or tie up to permanent moorings, they are in constant movement, following the divers bubbles. For this reason, snorkelers may enjoy the ocean during the divers surface interval only, when the boat can find a shallow sandy spot to drop the anchor and remain stationary.
There are many white sand, virtually private beaches on the “other side” of the island. It is well worth the cost of renting a moped or jeep for a day cruise around the island. There are a couple good horseback riding stables that will take you riding along the beach and into the jungle. And, although not as impressive as Tulum or Chitzen-Itza, Cozumel has its own “San Gervasio” ruins, also worth a look-see.
The local museum downtown is very interesting and gives you a good understanding of how the island developed, what is indigenous to the island and how the culture has evolved from the early Mayans to the present.
The shopping is fantastic. You will find everything from flea markets with a assorted collections of “who knows what” to duty free stores, fine jewelry, clothing shops and varied handicrafts. All at prices that beat the States. The further you go back into the town, the better the prices and the more interesting things you will find. Walking the streets or sitting in a sidewalk restaurant or cafe “people watching” is also very popular. Meeting and talking to the locals can often be eye-opening and interesting. The residents of Cozumel are extremely friendly and love to talk about their life on the island. They are very proud of the heritage and where they live. Most of the shops in town are open until 9 or 10 o’clock in the evening. During the day or night, single women need not worry about safety. They can easily walk anywhere in and around town, without incident. Needless to say there is enough to keep anyone’s interests full of activity.
* Our “Caribbean” trips use larger boats which have their advantages although these larger boats still move at a pretty good clip. There is more room to move around and organize your gear; under bench storage provides areas for mesh bags, etc. There is usually a maximum of 16 guests with 2 divemasters. These boats are covered and protect those who want to be out of nature’s elements (sun, rain, and splashing of the sea). The roofs also double as sun decks for those who like to lay their towel out and sunbathe and chat with other divers. The larger boats also have dive platforms which allow for easy stride entry and exit from the water, and there is a fixed ladder to re-board. Another advantage is that there is a restroom on the larger boats and a snack is served between dives. Many people end up meeting future, life long friends on our dive boats. Although the trips take a little longer on the larger boats, they provide for a much more comfortable trip – after all, you are on vacation, why not slow down and relax a bit? The boats depart our dock at Cozumel Hotel at 830 AM, returning about 1 PM. The Caribbean boats may stop at other resorts to pick up divers, making it a leisurely morning of being on the water.
* Express boats are smaller, often a maximum of 8-10 guests. A fast boat is small (usually no more than a handful of divers), with no dive platform. The advantage of the small boat is that it can take you to the furthest sites, faster with fewer divers on board. The smaller boat is a rougher trip but can be exciting! These boats have sun coverage but no toilet; tanks and equipment are stored in every nook and cranny around the boat. The crew will bring equipment/tank to each diver, who sits on the gunwale and enters the water via a back roll entry. Upon returning to the boat, guests remove all gear in the water and ascend a ladder hung over the rail. The capacity is 4-10 divers, depending on the boat. Our morning trips depart the dock at 830 AM and return between 1230 – 1PM.
You can find descriptions of all our boats here: https://diveparadise.com/about-us/our-fleet/
Don’t bring any weights, although bringing your weight belt is a good idea especially if you feel more comfortable using it. We provide the weights on the boat in the beginning of the dive trip and collect them at the end. We will also help you determine how much weight you will need for a comfortable dive.
Really fun! Typically you go down in twilight before it gets dark. Initially, you don’t even need your flashlight to see everything. It gradually gets darker into the dive and you never even notice it. If you have never been on a night dive, it is highly recommended as it is a totally different experience. You will see marine life that sleeps during the day.
You will need to bring a flashlight or you can rent one from the shop. You don’t need a high power flashlight, just make sure your batteries are good. If you have never done it, Cozumel is most likely the best place to experience this for the first time! Once you do a night dive, the day dives are like, boring!
Or, you can take a quick 15 minute plane ride via Maya Air. Their schedule is very comfortable – every hour from 6 am to 11 pm from PDC and from 6 am to 10 pm from Cozumel.
Cozumel (phonetically koe-ZOO-mel) is a small island located 12 miles off of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo (Keentanna Row). Cozumel is about 30 miles long and 10 miles wide in the middle, narrowing at its northern and southern ends. It still maintains much of it’s original charm, although it is a popular destination for both divers and non-divers to visit.
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