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    Guppy
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    Coz. Nov 9-15!

    Well, I was certified in May '07 and made my way around the various midwest dive sites. This past summer, I finally made it down to some salt-water and made my first salt-water dive in Port St. Joe, FL.....the viz was absolutely attrocious (5-10') and I was wanting to get back in my cold, murky quarries. A couple days later, I drove over to Panama City and had a great time with Dive Locker as I explored some of the bridge spans in 25'-30' vis. This fall, I am headed to the much warmer waters of Cozumel. This will be my first time down to Cozumel and I expect my best diving to date.

    My dive shop booked through Bay Adventures and we'll all be staying at Hotel Cozumel, but I'm not sure which dive operator we're going with. After our 2-tank dives in the morning, I'd like to do some shore diving. I've read a few of the posts on Cozumel saying there isn't much in the way of coral reefs for shore dives, but there is still some marine life. Would the shore dives make for good night dives?

    I'm scheduled to take a Nitrox course before I leave and hopefully use it to take in many looong slow drift dives.

    Anyone have any advice for a 1st-timer to Cozumel?

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    You heard right about shore diving, not much to see. You need to rent a boat to get to the reefs. There might be a few reefs that would be close but you would have to know exactly were they are. The few shores dives I've done they're wasn't anything to see. They're are several dive op's that are reasonably priced and well worth the money. The dive Masters have dove their reefs for years and can show you things you might miss on your own.
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    I just got back from Cozumel and we too stayed at Hotel Cozumel and Resort. We dove with Dive Paradise as they have a store associated with HC&R. Walk through the tunnel under the road an you are at their shop.

    We did some shore dives right off the pier (where the boats pick you up) and it's not to bad. Don't expect to see a lot of pretty coral or reefs. The marine life there though it quite abundant. Small rays, sea urchins, sea cucumber and several fish/animals. There is a big stone looking wheel and there's a LARGE lobster under it. Someone also mentioned seeing a small octi.

    At 6.00 per tank/weights, it's an excellent shore dive and would be a great night dive. Just be aware that there is current there and if you don't pay attention, you can get pulled out/down from the pier.

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    congrats!! and you will have a great time!

    here's a few things to keep in mind from a THREE-TIME visitor to Hotel Cozumel via Bay Adventures (we LOVE Al)

    unless you specified a different dive shop, you will probably dive with Dive Paradise which has a shop directly across the street from Hotel Cozumel.

    you are going down there during their very low season so some of the things mentioned on their website probably won't be going on... it may be a little quiet actually.

    they will have buffet breakfast inside and you can have the cook make you up an omlet (i suggest throwing in a bit of their pico de gallo but be careful before diving because it is a little spicey!!).

    the restuarant across the street next to the dive shop will likely still be closed for the low season, but usually you can get off the boat, throw your gear in the rinse tanks and sit down in the open-air resturant for lunch. but no problem, just throw your gear in the rinse and walk across the street where they will have lunch outside by the pool. get them to make you a chicken fajitas and a couple of quesadillas to go with your pineapple juice and life couldnt be better.

    there is a grocery store within walking distance if you get there and find out you forgot toiletries or sunscreen or whatever. oh, and buy your tequilla and vanilla at the grocery store!! much cheaper than in town where they know you're a tourist

    Dive Paradise has several boats and you may or may not be on the same boat each day. if you want to tip the crew and dive masters, you may want to carry cash each day. they may split it all up in the end anyway, i dont know...but we always try to tip each day in case we dont have the same group the next day.

    the staff at Hotel Cozumel are some of the sweetest people i've met. we were just there in early October but my guy was there in April this year and we both were there in April 05 and May 06. we have found no reason to go elsewhere.

    if you do want to go in town for a meal or two, i can recommend Pancho's Back Yard and Prima's (italian) but I couldnt tell you how to get there!

    the water is warm and viz is usually GREAT. the intoductory shore dive can be "boring" to some, but we happened to find flounder, small moray eels, small scorpionfish, fireworms, small puffer and of course, the underwater Mayan Temple they put out there for photo ops!

    the only problem i have with the whole place is that i find it very difficult to think about non-Caribbean water as an option

    have fun! you will get hooked.
    Karen - I may not know what I'm doing, but by god I'm having fun doing it!

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    It's up to you but I think you would be wasting your money diving nitrox. Most of the operators limit your dive time and if you are only doing 2-3 dives a day you will most likely not approach your NDL diving just air. I think they charge $10 a bottle and it really won't gain you anything but make your wallet lighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chinacat46 View Post
    It's up to you but I think you would be wasting your money diving nitrox. Most of the operators limit your dive time and if you are only doing 2-3 dives a day you will most likely not approach your NDL diving just air. I think they charge $10 a bottle and it really won't gain you anything but make your wallet lighter.

    Oh, I didn't realize there was a limit on the dive time. I just assumed, they followed your bubbles on the drift dive and picked you up when you surfaced.

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    Depends on what opp. you are using. My last trip are DM went into deco on 3rd dive, we where on nitrox not the DM.
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    I'm headed down for my 6th trip to Cozy on Thursday. Did 2 trips to Hotel Cozumel.

    Shore diving is ok. Certainly look around the pier, I have seen crabs and other critters around that area. I'd prefer the shore dive down by Casa Del Mar, where they park the submarine. There are a few spots around there where they feed the fish for snorkelers, so plenty of fish.

    I also agree on the Nitrox. If you are only doing 2-3 boat dives a day, I doubt you will need it, as opposed to a liveaboard or bonaire where you are doing many more dives and the advantages become larger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awb View Post
    Depends on what opp. you are using. My last trip are DM went into deco on 3rd dive, we where on nitrox not the DM.

    it'll be with Dive Paradise

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    Not really in regards to diving, but if you take a day off from diving...it is really fun to rent a jeep or convertible VW bug and tour the other side of the island. You will find great beach bars like Coconuts, Mezcalitos & Freedom in Paradise. Beautiful beaches, just beware the currents are really strong there for even swimming. If you have a non-diver with you, the snorkling is good at Playa Corona (along the way). I have been going to Coz for years & its my favorite thing next to diving.

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