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AI versus hotel

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by Janie88, Feb 5, 2021.

  1. Janie88

    Janie88 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Columbus OH
    I don't think up-front costs are necessarily better than "continual extras." It just depends, and that's why it is so important to do your research before any trip to gauge what is the better value.

    And the more I have looked into Cozumel, the more I also feel that even if "continual extras" add up to a little more than staying AI, it is worth it to experience the different restaurants and culture :)
  2. Rose Robinson

    Rose Robinson Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: British Columbia
    Hello Rick,

    Wasn't Cozumel, it was Turks and Caicos.

    You are right, and we were, ''literally''

    The meal was beautiful, and our hotel boasted one of the best restaurants on the Island, but the dinner was worth no where near what I paid.

    My point was paying one price for AI, as opposed to thinking you're getting a good deal on a hotel, until you begin to realize what the total cost of everything else was after a week on the resort having had to pull out your credit a dozen times a day.

    I don't do ''cheap'' and I'm not a fan of the Caribbean. with some exceptions, most islands boast nothing away from the resorts, and other are to unsafe to venture too far anyway.

    What does it tell you when the properties are patrolled by dogs at night, ''for the protection of the guests''.

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  3. deepsea21

    deepsea21 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia Beach, VA USA
    Personally I have 2 problems with that. First, as soon as your credit card leaves your hand and goes out of site anywhere it is subject to being compromised but more important, I don't like the idea of the credit card co's charging these local businesses their fees and chewing into their profits when I'm generally dining in family-owned, cheap-but-great-eats establishments. Relying on credit cards can also be so limiting in some places shopping and such. Having Pesos in hand when negotiating a purchase other than food here and there on the back streets screams "Let's make a deal". After ya think you've negotiated the best price ya can, pull out the Pesos and have them in hand and then kinda waive your head back and forth, start to hesitate, say you want to think about it and another 10% may come off the prior negotiated price if you turn for the door. This isn't nasty negotiating practices, it's expected and at the end of the day no one is going to sell you something if they aren't happy with the price they ultimately agree to.
  4. davecampbell

    davecampbell Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    I've been to a few Sandals resorts for diving, and they've all limited you to two tank morning boat diving. We usually manage 10 dives in a week at Sandals, if we dive every day.
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  5. jonhall

    jonhall Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Indianapolis
    Salty Endeavors actually has El Cid La Ceiba where I'll be staying for a week, as one of it's listed AI resorts. $1030 which includes 6 days of 2 dives. With my timeshare, splitting the cost of the 2 bedroom unit with friends, food on my own or with the AI, and diving (5 days), costs would be ~$625 with food on my own and ~$730 if I went the AI route. I think that's pretty good, but others know how to beat that!!

    As I shared the Dressel ad earlier, a couple thoughts came to mind about diving with a resort op in Coz. A common comment on Dressel, as well as some other resort boats, is that they are cattle boats. I lucked into a day at Dressel Cozumel where there were only 6 divers, an unusual occurrence. Aside from the different plusses and minuses everyone can share on the topic, one thing I specifically liked about diving with the resort op was that they only took people who met at their pier as opposed to other ops that make multiple stops to pick up divers. The resort ops in Coz get you to the dive sites in a few minutes versus the ops that pick up divers from various docks and if you're first on, it can be 45+ minutes before getting wet - then there are the multiple stops on the return.
  6. drschibi

    drschibi Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco
    Where are the agressor deals listed. Thanks!
  7. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    Here's a link to Aggressor Fleet's specials page. Over the past few years I've seen them put out a roughly annual sale at >30% off, mainly focused on Caribbean region live-aboards. IIRC, the last was in November of 2020 (37% off). I wait for the big sales to book their boats. If you're looking far afield, you may not find such widespread great deals, but for the Caribbean it seems highly likely.

    When considering live-aboard specials, be mindful there may be limited date ranges. Consider factors like 'hurricane season' and other weather concerns in your planning.
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  8. Janie88

    Janie88 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Columbus OH
    Aggressor has had some wonderful sales for Caribbean and also Red Sea at only $999. Most of these are now gone. They have a $1499 to Roatan but is only through April I think. Explorer Ventures also has a few great deals if you want to travel in April, for $999.

    I'm not looking to book a liveaboard until maybe August or later. I'll probably do Cozumel unless I see more deals later in the year, which is unlikely. However, I check both Aggressor and Explorer Ventures' websites several times a week as sometimes a special pops up!
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  9. Janie88

    Janie88 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Columbus OH
    Sadly, I am looking at the Aggressor website this morning and almost all the $999 specials are gone. Not surprising, as (1) people have gobbled them up and (2) availability was limited to the early part of this year and latest dates were in April. I love liveaboards but it just gets too expensive especially for myself and my husband, at the normal rate of about $3k pp in the Caribbean, it's $6k plus the extras of port fees, nitrox, etc.etc.
  10. Charred

    Charred Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Lehigh Valley
    I have stayed in town and stayed at AIs. Granted, when I stay in AI we absolutely hit the restaurants in town a few times.

    My wife and my whole dive group vastly prefer staying at an AI and visiting down as needed.

    My point: Dont think of town vs AI as a rigid choice when both is a great option too.
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