Bahamas or Cozumel??

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by Bflem55, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Bflem55

    Bflem55 Nassau Grouper

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    hey guys thinking about going to either Cozumel or Nasau in May of next year. I am just wondering which one of the two would be a better choice for that time of the year??? thanks
     
  2. Natasha

    Natasha Travel Professional

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    Both are good that time of year. Each are completely different types of diving. What are you looking for?
     
  3. Bflem55

    Bflem55 Nassau Grouper

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    well I havent ever did a drift dive are they hard?? and I heard the Bahamas is pretty easy is that true??
     
  4. diverdowndh

    diverdowndh Barracuda

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    Cozumel all the way... use Aqua Safari, Blue Angel divers... I used to use Dive Paradise but had some issues a few years ago and have not used them since.
    The diving in Cozumel is worth the trip always! My opinion, but there it is...
     
  5. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

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    Drift diving is easy....you just drift along with the current.
     
  6. Tomeck

    Tomeck Divemaster

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    In Cozumel, we can also dive in cave?
     
  7. charlesml3

    charlesml3 Manta Ray

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    No, there are no caves in Cozumel. You can take the ferry over to Cancun and dive a Cenote there. It's more like a cavern than a cave.

    -Charles
     
  8. DNV

    DNV Surface Interval Member

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    I'd advise Coz for diving.... Nassau for the beaches....
     
  9. willembad

    willembad Nassau Grouper

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    Have not YET dived Cozumel, but just back from Marsh Harbour diving with Abaco Dive Adventures. These guys were top notch as we had our own boat (party of 5-1/2), set our own schedule and pretty much did what we wanted while getting some awsome tours. Hard to pick a favorite (the caverns and swim-throughs were way up there) but it would have to be this...

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    The 1/2 (my son and future dive buddy) on his first shark dive!

    Willem
     
  10. diverdowndh

    diverdowndh Barracuda

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    I was in Coz just a couple of short months ago (was it only back in June???), we took the fast boats over to Playa Del Carmen to do a day of Cenote dives. You don't have to go all the way up to Cancun for Cenotes, we went back into the jungles from Playa, was about half hour or 45 minutes from downtown Playa. Great diving for my first Cenotes...... We used Yucatek Divers for that and a whale shark snorkel. I'd totally recommend Stefan for the Cenotes if you use Yucatek, he was VERY informative and made the whole thing that much more fun.
     
  11. AbyssalPlains

    AbyssalPlains Manta Ray

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    Friend of mine was diving in Cozumel about a couple months ago. He said it was disappointing, because the reefs were covered with sand in the aftermath of hurricane Wilma a few years ago.
     
  12. bikinichick

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    They're both nop-notch... it's like deciding between the prime rib and the lobster.
    I think Cozumel is more affordable though, if you go all inclusive. Don't let drift diving put you off - it's easy.

    They filmed Pirates of the Caribbean in Bahamas, so that's all that needs to be said about the beaches (amazing). However, they have very nice beaches in Cozumel too. Not much nightlife in Cozumel compared to Bahamas. Up to you to decide if that's a plus or a minus. Probably if you're a diver that's a plus! (I know for me, peace and quiet is good!)

    Katy
     
  13. rexman24

    rexman24 Barracuda

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    Yes both spots over great diving.
    And there are definately caves in Cozumel, but that is only for extreme, overhead, and highly trained divers.

    enjoy!
     
  14. Bflem55

    Bflem55 Nassau Grouper

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    can you see whale sharks in Coz?? if you can what time of the year??
     
  15. daniel f aleman

    daniel f aleman Single Diver

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    Both are great! There are caverns on Cozumel, and there are caverns and caves in the Bahamas, but not near Nassau.

    If you go to Nassau, diving with sharks and dolphins will be the highlight of your trip...
     
  16. slingshot

    slingshot Photographer

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    I don't know of any regular sightings of whalesharks off Cozumel, but in the summer (approximately July-August) there are opportunities to see whale sharks north of Cozumel at Isla Holbox. I don't think you can scuba dive with them, only snorkel.
     
  17. parrotheaddiver

    parrotheaddiver Loggerhead Turtle

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    I have been going to Cozumel since the 70's the diving is wonderful....the reefs are beautiful yes even after Wilma and sand does not cover ALL the reefs ....if you get a good dive op they will take you to the reefs that do not have sand on them....don't choose a cattleboat op.....I have been 3 times since Wilma...drift diving is easy.....if you want to see Whale Sharks summer is the season but you will need to go to Holbox which is north of Cancun....and will be a snorkel trip no diving with whale sharks....you can make arrangements for a day trip with your dive op..... and I recommend BlueXtsea....Christi runs a great dive op and you will not be dissapointed.....http://www.bluextseadiving.com/ one of the top 10 dive destinations IMO;)
     
  18. diver 85

    diver 85 Orca

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    CZM........
     
  19. raviepoo

    raviepoo Manta Ray

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    I got back from my 7th trip to the Bahamas last week and my husband and I just booked trip #6 to Cozumel for November. They are both great destinations. You can't go wrong with either.

    Cozumel's reefs have a great reputation, but the biomass I saw while diving the Bimini chain last week was like nothing I've ever seen before. I have never seen sites so crowded with fish as the Hesperus and the Sapona. The healthiest reef I've ever seen in my life was in the Bimini chain a few years ago, but I hear that it has been damaged by fishermen since.

    What do you want from the land portion of your vacation? Cozumel has a different vibe than Paradise Island which has a different vibe than Bimini, which has a different vibe than Freeport, etc. I love the restaurants in San Miguel. My husband loves the casinos on Nassau. I adore Bimini but my husband would be bored to tears there. What do you want to do when you aren't diving?

    I know this probably isn't helpful if you're looking for criteria to make a decision. Just rest assured that you will have a great time wherever you go.
     
  20. namabiru

    namabiru Scuba Instructor

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    Bahamas-- super expensive. $USD or higher.

    Cozumel-- nice and cheap. All-inclusives especially rock.

    Both have great friendly people. You'll get the experience of a different culture in both locales. Bahamas still has a lot of British influence mixed with Bahamian influence. Cozumel, well, is a lot of Mexican. You can have a good time in either place. As for the American invasion, well, both places are going to have it. Just comes with the territory, as both places are close to the US.

    The diving in both places is nice. Daniel's analysis is spot-on. Perhaps decide 1. How much money you want to part with; 2. What you want to see.
     

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