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Cozumel as a single diver questions

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by sagesign, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location:
    6,424
    2,228
    seems like there is plenty for all
     
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  2. cvchief

    cvchief ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cozumel & Pennsylvania
    6,491
    3,446
    If you find there is not a 'place' for you and you aren't completely mental, you are either wrong and didn't look hard enough or you just need to open your mouth and someone will begin to cater to people like you!
     
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  3. Mossman

    Mossman Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SoCal
    3,414
    1,287
    The one thing lacking, IMO, is the high-end dive resort. The only true dive resorts on the island are, AFAIK, Scuba Club and possibly Blue Angel. Neither of them IMO cater to the the "discerning" sort of diver who wants all the convenience of a dedicated dive resort with none of the hassles (or cattle boats).

    Actually two things lacking. There is no liveaboard option of any kind. Something along the lines of a Cozumel Aggressor could be interesting. The trip could offer northern, southern, and east side diving, 5 dives a day, all-inclusive food and drink, and camera convenience.

    Because of all the other options available on the island, which provide for stiff competition, I doubt either of those business models would survive long. But they could be worth exploring by someone rich enough to take the chance. Think about it Dave, you could even offer your shark dives on a liveaboard, plus maybe a day of bullsharks off PDC or whalesharks off Isla Mujeres.
     
  4. cvchief

    cvchief ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cozumel & Pennsylvania
    6,491
    3,446
    Well, I don't know, maybe? If it there was a REAL desire, I am sure you could reserve your own boat at Aldora, stay at the Villa and have them provide a personal chef.

    What does 'true dive resort' mean? Nothing for anyone but divers so no one else goes there? I would have called the Grand a 'dive resort' as they have a dive shop on site and they are right NEXT to some of the best diving but lots of other people go there so maybe not?


    Ok, I call mental. Who want to sit on a boat 200 yards off shore for five days?

    Well that would be some interesting permitting for the whale sharks and marine park and all. Still, stay on a boat while next to everything?
     
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  5. yardpro

    yardpro Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Morehead City, North Carolina, United States
    275
    108
    Last time I was in coz I got stuck with a total tool
     
  6. ggunn

    ggunn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Austin, TX, USA
    11,198
    4,355
    Someone stabbed you with a screwdriver? :D
     
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  7. Mossman

    Mossman Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SoCal
    3,414
    1,287
    Maybe not. The idea of a dive resort is freedom from non-diver "vacationers" who just want to sit around by the pool all day drinking margaritas and getting tan versus divers who want to sit around by the bar all night swapping dive tales.

    All the passengers of the various liveaboards in Palau for one example. Palau has lots of hotel, dining, and dive shop options yet many opt for liveaboards because of the further convenience a liveaboard provides: more dives per day, no wasted time getting to/from the dive sites, excellent onboard camera facilities, and the typical camaraderie of the dive boat carried through to meal and leisure time.

    It's Mexico, surely the right permits could be secured one way or another. Some people like boats. Some people like being away from the crowds on land.
     
  8. cvchief

    cvchief ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cozumel & Pennsylvania
    6,491
    3,446
    Isn't the hammer, the total tool? Or am I too basic?

    ---------- Post added September 13th, 2014 at 05:33 PM ----------

    Well that sounds like SCC, if by all night you mean everyone is in bed by 8 pm. So you do mean exclusion of others. I get it. (Is it true you have the SS card to get in SCC? )


    Well, being as I am a working stiff and not either loaded or old, I have not made Palau yet, however are you saying they have boats that generally operate in a say 8 mile radius of one town the whole time? I always thought part of the deal on LA was sites that were not conveniently close nor near a modern area.

    Well really it would be silly to run over the whale shark and chase them with a big liveaboard. You could sail up there and meet a runabout to take you amongst the whale sharks, I guess.

    Don't get me wrong, I hit the BIG powerball, I am so buying a yacht and a boat with a park permit for my Capitan's dingy! Sal, drinks on the poop deck at 7. Get us some LF grillers.
     
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  9. Mossman

    Mossman Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SoCal
    3,414
    1,287
    But high-end. No cattle boats. More amenities. More service.

    My first trip to Palau cost me $499, which included airfare from LAX, 6 nights at the Palau Pacific Resort, and 4 days of diving. I was poorer and younger then, perhaps even poorer and younger than you are now.

    Yes, the liveaboards for the most part dive the same dive sites that day boats visit. But the longer day trips, such as to Peleliu, are rendered much more comfortable by liveaboard. A liveaboard based in Cozumel could round the island to the east side, dive north and south without lengthy rides in small boats, and could easily make the crossings for whale sharks or bull sharks.

    Many if not most liveaboards carry or tow smaller dive crafts. Whale shark diving off the Galapagos liveaboards, for example, is done by inflatable.

    On a liveaboard, immediately after you have a quick shower post-dive, you're being fed. And fed well.
     
  10. Mike

    Mike Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denver, Colorado
    3,952
    2,730
    What's an example of this? I've yet to find one anywhere yet, and I have pretty much given up that any really exist. The closest I have come was this summer at Turneffe Island Resort in Belize, however the resort turned out to not be really high end. To get that magical experience we have always had to combine a high end resort with an independent high quality dive shop, for example The Presidente and Aldora or when we were in Rangiroa, the Kia Ora and 6 passengers dive shop, as I've never found any high end resort that had the combination in house because I believe for the most part high end travelers who really want an emphasis on diving are very rare. I think you have a broader travel/dive experience than I do so if you know of this combination, where do you know of them?
     

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