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georoc01
11-04-2008, 08:55
SingleDivers trip - Halloween in Cozumel.

This trip for me started on Thursday October 30th. The first thing was that when I arrived at the Denver airport my flight was cancelled. So they booked me on a direct flight to Cancun. The good new was no layover. The bad news was doing the transfer. I made it down to Playa Del Carmen only to find out that the ferry was now on a 2 hour schedule rather than the normal off season 1 trip an hour. So my hopes of making it to the hotel prior to the dive shop closing were dashed. When I arrived at Casa Del Mar that evening, most of the group was already there. So I joined them for dinner. Their all inclusive is a bit different in that rather than being a buffet you order from their menu.
While limited over an entire week, the food is generally very good, from the cerviche, to the fish fillet youcatan style, the meals gave you more than enough food.

So Friday brought the first day of diving. We were diving with Del Mar Aquatics. We were on their big boat, Big Splash, with their two senior divemasters, Renee' and Mario. Not bad for a group of 11 divers.
Our days generally had a two tank dive in the morning, a one tank dive in the afternoon and a night dive on Saturday night.

Our dive sites were
Day 1

Columbia Deep
La Franchessa
Santa Rosa Wall

Day 2
Palancar Bricks
Cedral Wall
Yucab Reef
Paradise Reef (night dive)

Day 3
Santa Rosa Wall
Paradise Reef again so we could get better pix of the Seahorses (yes there were 4!)

On Friday night they had a Halloween party with a Pirate themed Costume Contest. Diver Den did his best Johnny Depp impersonation and won an free trip back to Casa Del Mar, including diving.
I was lucky to finish 2nd and win a free massage. It was their first halloween party and deemed a success. They plan to do another one next year.

Saturday night was the night dive, which it was a heavy shower when we got out of the water. So I had a short night. But those that did go out to Senor Frogs went dancing with Marciel aka Dancer Dog who showed them all a move or 2.

When we got back from the dives I had my massage in the palapa just off the water next door to the dive shop. I was wondering when she asked me to unbotton my pants but she was very professional and did a great job (it was all business, no happy endings for those who were thinking otherwise).
Sunday night was mexican night with a mariachi band and awesome fajitas off the grill. They were nice enough to play happy birthday for me which was greatly appreciated.

Monday it was time to leave. When I arrived the doorman met me with a huge welcome home. And after three SingleDivers trips to this resort, it is definitely getting that feeling. Sandra and her staff have been excellent in taking care of us. I hope I am able to make the trip again next year.

mwhities
11-04-2008, 09:09
Great report! Great dive sites too. I did almost all of them with Dive Paradise and stayed at Hotel Cozumel and Resort.

Michael

WaScubaDude
11-04-2008, 10:05
Thanks for the great report! 11 days and we are there.

hychang
11-04-2008, 10:05
Thanks for the great trip report. That was a much better way to spend Halloween!!

I was wondering how long did it take for you to get down to Playa del Carmen to meet the ferry. I've been toying with taking a trip down there this month as I'm taking the week of Thanksgiving off. Unfortunately for me, there are no direct flights to Cozumel from here in Wash D.C. area where I live. There are however direct flights to Cancum though. Thanks.

WaScubaDude
11-04-2008, 10:24
Note: Look into adding to your main ticket the jump flight from Cancun to Coz. It should add about 150 per ticket RT and is well worth it.
The ground trip is a bit of a hassel and cost a good chunk of $ with the taxi van Can to PDC $50 or so each way. The ferry at $12 pp each way and the taxi to your final hotel 2 to 17$ each way.

Ground trip About 3 hours each way and $170 or so with tips etc RT for two.

Flight added Cancun to Coz 1 hour each way and $300 or less total for two.

georoc01
11-04-2008, 11:17
Note: Look into adding to your main ticket the jump flight from Cancun to Coz. It should add about 150 per ticket RT and is well worth it.
The ground trip is a bit of a hassel and cost a good chunk of $ with the taxi van Can to PDC $50 or so each way. The ferry at $12 pp each way and the taxi to your final hotel 2 to 17$ each way.

Ground trip About 3 hours each way and $170 or so with tips etc RT for two.

Flight added Cancun to Coz 1 hour each way and $300 or less total for two.

I did the ferry one way. I found two couples that were headed to playa and cozumel so we split an $80 van 5 ways ($16), then it was $14 for the ferry and $5 for the taxi from the square to Casa Del Mar. So it was $35 total. But you are correct, I left the airport at 2:45pm, and arrived at my hotel about 6pm.

The taxi from the cozy airport to the hotel is more than it is from downtown, where you have they have a monopoly on that service. So that would cost more if you did a flight.

gthomas
11-04-2008, 11:23
Thanks for the report. I always love to hear about other peoples trips there. We try to go a couple times a year. Unfortunately only one trip there this year.

TRACI
11-04-2008, 11:29
Good report........I have got to wait 22 more days before Coz.

cowgirldiver
11-04-2008, 12:19
I'll be following right behind Traci with 28 days left to go!!!

hychang
11-04-2008, 14:23
Thank you both for the info as this will useful for planning a journey down there.



Note: Look into adding to your main ticket the jump flight from Cancun to Coz. It should add about 150 per ticket RT and is well worth it.
The ground trip is a bit of a hassel and cost a good chunk of $ with the taxi van Can to PDC $50 or so each way. The ferry at $12 pp each way and the taxi to your final hotel 2 to 17$ each way.

Ground trip About 3 hours each way and $170 or so with tips etc RT for two.

Flight added Cancun to Coz 1 hour each way and $300 or less total for two.

I did the ferry one way. I found two couples that were headed to playa and cozumel so we split an $80 van 5 ways ($16), then it was $14 for the ferry and $5 for the taxi from the square to Casa Del Mar. So it was $35 total. But you are correct, I left the airport at 2:45pm, and arrived at my hotel about 6pm.

The taxi from the cozy airport to the hotel is more than it is from downtown, where you have they have a monopoly on that service. So that would cost more if you did a flight.

cowgirldiver
11-04-2008, 16:52
I'm glad to see that the ferry rate (that's the one between Playa and Coz, right?) has not jumped as high as everyone down there was saying it was going to.

chace_nicole
11-04-2008, 23:58
Yes, its the ferry between playa & coz. It was $12 one way when I was there in Sept. I fly into cancun on the 20th of this month & will take the ADO bus (about an hour) for $8 & the ferry to Coz. Time consuming? yes, but I'm on a budget this time around.