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AI hotel and onsite dive op recommendation?

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by jdevic, Nov 9, 2020.

  1. GreggS

    GreggS Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Thomasville, NC
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    I'm not so sure about that. According to their website, breakfast and lunch are included but not dinner. It's a little vague on which, if any, beverages are included, but it does mention a bar tab can be opened with a credit card and settled at the end of your stay. And it seems like I remember reading this well before the Covid pandemic began.
     
  2. ggunn

    ggunn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Austin, TX, USA
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    I'm pretty sure I remember otherwise, but I am not a customer of theirs, so I don't know for sure.
     
  3. Jackie Treehorn

    Jackie Treehorn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Between Mikes and Weekapaug
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    Most of my experience in Cozumel (300 or so dives) has been mostly with Dressel. I like the short boat rides, relatively festive and less experienced diver base. It makes it fun.

    I really like Iberostar. The food is good (and keeps improving it seems every time I go) and I like the vibe. My biggest complaint is the small rooms.

    I'm headed out there in a few weeks, and chose not to dive with Dressel mostly due to distancing concerns. I'm working with a private operator with daily private trips for me and my dive group. But I did inquire about what they currently have to offer, i'll post here:

    They do two tank dives every morning. Afternoon two tank dives are currently on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday just to P. Gardens and C. Shallows. I see no reference to nite dives at this time.

    If you book 10 two tank dives (they can be split) it works out to be $33.60 per dive with Nitrox.

    Historicaly speaking, the morning dives are limited to 60 minutes each and the afternoon dives are limited to 50 minutes. Max depth is 100 feet and you are to stay with your assigned guide.
     
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  4. jdevic

    jdevic Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Toronto
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    I always stayed in town in the past; therefore, I don't mind staying in the south for a week this time. I've never done any shore dives in Coz near Centro - always boat dives out of the marina.
    I did check out Scuba club a few months ago right now it reopened. It is definitely basic but not exactly cheaper compared to AIs.
     
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  5. GreggS

    GreggS Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Thomasville, NC
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    While I've not stayed there before either, I have been looking at their website, among others, for some time now somewhat pre-planning for a trip to Coz in the next couple of years. We may have gone late this year or early next if not for Covid. I just seem to remember that it was not entirely AI. In fact, I seem to remember they offered a meal plan when I first started visiting their website, but I could be confusing it with another resort. I don't see that on the site now, though.

    Oh, well. I wouldn't rule it out just because it's not AI. I like the fact that it is a dive center with their own dock and shore diving. Shore diving is something you do not have at the southern resorts.
     
  6. dogbone

    dogbone ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: indiana
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    So I'm going to be staying at park Royal in Feb, I'm not really sure which dive op to go with, have been looking around.. But not found much on individual dive ops... Would you recommend one of the two listed here, or another one? Why do you recommend that?
     
  7. nodakdive

    nodakdive Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: North Dakota
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    Scuba Shack would be very convenient. It's basically across the street from Park Royal and maybe 100 feet north. They have a nice gear locker room and very easy entry onto their boats. They run small 6-8 pack boats. I've been diving with them and would recommend them.

    The other convenient options would be to dive with Park Royal's house op (Is that Marine World? Rick would know.) or book with a shop that leaves from downtown. That way you could be picked up from and returned to Park Royal's dock. Shops that leave from downtown:

    Blue XTC
    Deep Blue
    Aldora
    Salty Endeavors

    There are others that leave from downtown, but I'm not sure who. I usually dive with Deep Blue and would recommend them. Blue XTC and Aldora are highly regarded shops. Salty Endeavors sounds like a really good dive op and as I understand, leaves from downtown. DandyDon could tell more about Salty Endeavors.
     
  8. jdevic

    jdevic Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Toronto
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    Darn...Air Canada just cancelled all the flights from Toronto to CZM till Xmas last night. I probably have to look at Playa or Cuba Cayo Coco for now. :(
     
  9. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: canada
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    nice choice. it is a nice resort.

    the shop i work for has been using marine world for a number of years now. never had any complaints. they also have bigger boats avail. many divers choose to use the smaller / faster boats to cut down on the travel time to / from dive sites but we prefer the bigger comfy boats. i am in no rush and enjoy the time on the water.

    scuba shack has a good rep but as stated above, i believe they only have the smaller boats. we have a couple of divers that spend a month on coz each year and they do all their dives with scuba shack.
     
  10. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: canada
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    oh no.....thats not good for us canadians. however, you can still go to coz if you want. you just need to put together your own travel plan. fly to cancun. ado bus to playa. ferry to coz (or you can fly). then reverse to get home. we have done that a few times. takes a bit of work planning though. but we almost never book charter packages.

    playa is a great option though. we love it there. we usually split the trip between playa and coz. i have been to playa a number of times. shoot me a message if you need any input.
     
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