Diving Packages in Cozumel
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 23, 2012 8:49 PM Last Post By: RobertSDF
Nov 18, 2012 5:34 PM
Diving Packages in CozumelHello! Visiting Cozumel specifically for the diving (letting go of a need for culture or authenticity this time around, as I know Cozumel's essentially a tourist trap). Wondering if anyone has recommendations for Dive Hotels or Dive Centers they've had good experiences with? We've looked up Dive Paradise and Deep Blue and they seem to have pretty similar packages with the area hotels. Being on the beach would be nice, but trying to avoid "Super Resorts" with all the amenities and "Kids Clubs" and things of that nature. A quieter place would be nice, but with connections to a Dive operation in town so discounts are options.
Thanks in advance...
Nov 18, 2012 5:55 PM
1P.S. What exactly is a "Caribbean boat dive?" I've heard it means they restrict you to 45-60 minutes per dive. Are they any dive operations that DON"T do this? If there is a smaller group of more experienced divers?
Nov 18, 2012 8:28 PM
2Went to Cozumel to dive last year. rented a house - went out to dive on good days, did other things non good days. Got the deals on diving without the resort price I think we used Deep Blue, got the repeat customer price which basically meant the more dives we did the cheaper each one was. .Diving was really good. Most locations that were best for diving were NOT near a beach - the east side of the island has some decent surfing options and no real good diving.
Cozumel is a MAJOR cruise ship port so daytime is full of tourists, & for many their last day of holdiays. (I'm a HUGE fan of eating in the great little out of the way places that the locals know & the tourists haven't found!) Often meals were cheaper in the evening than during mid day. There are some pretty authentic cultural activities as well - had the chance to go to the equivelent of a sweat lodge - not sure what the spanish word is, saw neat caves where indigenous people hid from Spaniards... Had a great time. ENJOY
Nov 18, 2012 9:38 PM
3Thanks! Have any leads on who to contact to rent a house or condo for a week? It would be nice to have a kitchen to not have to eat out every meal to save money for diving! I'm hoping to spend a lot of time in the water (snorkeling, diving, etc.) to avoid the on land tourists as much as possible-plus going Jan 18-25, so hopefully avoid the people on holiday with their kids quite as much.
Nov 19, 2012 8:19 AM
4I dont know how much you want to spend on a hotel but I always put friends at the Hotel Pepita. It is a long established, central hotel with low prices. It is very popular with divers who often gather around a communal table in the courtyard for free morning coffee. No kitchen but each room does have a fridge. The location is great for walking to nearby local restaurants and just far enough to not see many cruise passengers.
Nov 23, 2012 6:28 PM
Nov 23, 2012 8:49 PM
6The Tamarindo is a nice place. But more expensive than the Pepita. Do be sure you got a room with air conditioning at the Tamarindo. It can be very hot.
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