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3 Day's in Cozumel All Inclusive or No Opinions?

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by Cobra852, May 15, 2005.

  1. Cobra852

    Cobra852 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    The wife just brought up the idea of going to Coz for a long weekend so after I picked myself off the floor I figured i'd post here to get the scoop on the best deal or opinions on the best Op's she's a diver but wont be doing more then say a two tank in the morning although I might talk her into letting me do more. Where's a good place to stay? Is all in-clusive worth it? What dive op should we use?

    We've been to Cozumel and dove there as part of a cruise so we have some idea of what were in for.

    Thanks for all your help.

    P.S. Wife only has about 25 dives so we wouldn't be looking for anything too challenging.
  2. Texas Diver

    Texas Diver Barracuda

    If you like a lot of variety and want to try the restaurants in town, then the all inclusives are not worth it. But if you like to just hang out at the resort and eat from a buffet every meal then try the Fiesta Americana or the Occidental Grand. You will be happy with either of them.

    I would recommend Blue-XT-Sea as a dive op. If you choose them you will be glad you did.
  3. loudives

    loudives Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Hoffman Estates IL. (Chicago suburb)
    The Reef Club is the least costly AI on the Island they have three pools and they are on a beach. Food is OK but not spectacular, 15k south of town so $15 taxi. Many small hotels in town for 30-40 a night but no pools and no beach. Walk to everything is nice. Baracuda hotel on the south end of town is on the water and they did a nice job on creating a sand terrace with stairs to a man made ocean pool for shore diving entry. They get about $75 a night and are walking distance to town plaza and most resturants. It is a basic hotel full of divers and it is clean.
    I would recomend www.bottomtimedivers.net Raul has a small fast boat 6 divers max. He is great at going slow and finding the little cridders most people miss. You don't get tired when diving with him. If you are going soon he probably has openings as he relies on word of mouth and does not advertise.
  4. Rick Inman

    Rick Inman Advisor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Second the motion for Blue XT Sea.

    We really enjoyed eating at all the different locations mentioned in the Restaurant sticky at the top of this forum, and at Blue XT Sea's web site. That was one of the most enjoyable parts of the trip for us. So, if you like to venture out and see the town and meet the locals and try their very delicious foods, inclusive might be a waste of money.
  5. diverjeff

    diverjeff Solo Diver

    Over 15 years, and many dives with other dive ops, our favorite is still Roberta's Dive-Eco Cozumel. Check it out at http://seahorse.home.texas.net/ Small hotel, close to town, fast small boats, and great divemasters. Email us if you like.

    :11ztongue [​IMG]
  6. michaelc

    michaelc Angel Fish

    If you like in town, I would suggest Casa Mexicana casa Mexicana and for Dive ops I like Dario and Xtabay

    but don't take my word for it research
    here and http://dive.scubadiving.com/talk/list.php?1 and also http://travelnotes.cc/cozumel/index.php

    hay it's half the fun.
  7. DiveMaster176493

    DiveMaster176493 Nassau Grouper

  8. vols3232

    vols3232 Angel Fish

    My wife and I stayed at the grand occidental. I would do this again and again if we could. They treated us very well. There is an on site dive operation called dive palancar. You are close to the reefs and come back to get tanks between dives. This gives you the option of getting an extra dive and only being gone for an hour or so. It is an AI with three special restaurants. If you are looking for an intimate weekend with easy access to diving then consider this. My wife and I are newbies and they treated us great.
  9. Cobra852

    Cobra852 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    Thanks for all the input folks I appreciate it I was hopeing to find a dive op that used something larger than al 80's to maximize bottom time.
  10. scubawife

    scubawife Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NY
    Hi Cobra! We used Living Underwater last month and I can't say enough about the service and the diving. It was all around great. They use steel 100's (for the guys) and 95's (for the girls). Aldora and Liquid Blue are the other ops that offer the large tanks. There are probably others as well.

    We stayed at Fiesta Americana for 4 nights. The location was perfect - 15 min on avg to dive sites but only a $6 taxi if you feel the need to go to town. We don't usually do AI but for a short stay where we didn't care about shopping and crowds or going out every night, it worked very well.

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