Diving in Cozumel with Dive Paradise

I have always heard many great things about Cozumel and diving there. So, not too long ago, my mother (yes my mother is a diver) and I decided to see what it was all about. With great anticipation we headed to dive with Dive Paradise.

Dock at Dive Paradise

We flew into Cancun to save a little money on the airfare. Once we landed in Cancun we took the Cancun Shuttle to Playa Del Carmen which took about an hour and fifteen minutes where we had a short ferry ride over the 13 mile journey to Cozumel. There is of course the option to fly directly into Cozumel from certain cities in the US, which then you only have a short taxi ride, or you can rent an inexpensive car or scooter to get you to your hotel or resort.

Cozumel is the world’s largest cruise ship port. Unlike cruise ships where you only have the day visiting Cozumel; staying on the island gives you a chance to experience the fabulous coral reefs, beautiful turquoise water, and the abundance of sightseeing, shopping and restaurant options. With a wide variety of merchandise ranging from beautiful textiles and local Mexican handicrafts to the Duty Free fine diamonds, sterling silver jewelry, perfumes and watches you are sure to find the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one at one of the many shops found on the island. The main town on Isla Cozumel is San Miguel. It is very cute and quite busy but with it’s easy to walk streets and easy to find shops and restaurants it is a great place to investigate and walk around. Walking through town you can see why this is a divers haven. Cozumel has a copious amount of dive shops. It seems like every fourth store front or so is a dive shop. As one walks around, you immediately realize that you have found a diver’s paradise, not to mention all of the gift shops with as many items one could want with the diver’s signature red and white divers down flag on them.

In 1961 Jacques Cousteau discovered the extent and beauty of Palancar, the coral reefs at the south end of Cozumel, and touted it as one of the most beautiful scuba diving areas of the world. Cozumel is famous for its beautiful reefs and spectacular underwater marine life. This is due to the fact their extensive use and ecological importance, and that most of the reefs surrounding the island and lagoons on its south side were declared as the “Arrecifes de Cozumel” National Park in 1996. One of the greatest threats to this beautiful reef system is the tourists themselves. From over 1500 tourists a day coming through Cozumel, it is very important to dive responsibly and to pick a dive operation that also adheres to these important principals. In addition to this there is also a N$20 (20 Mexican Peso) user fee for all marine protected areas to help sustain and maintain these unique and gorgeous underwater environments. The waters surrounding Cozumel are abundant with marine life. The temperate waters are responsible for hundreds of varieties and colors of fish, hard and soft corals, sponges, crustaceans, anemones, mollusks and incredible reefs.

The west side of the island boasts most of the boat diving sites. With over 27 boat diving sites around the island, and endless shore diving, there is no shortage of dive sites to fulfill your trip no matter what the length of your stay is. On the west side is also where the majority of the dive sites are located and usually just a short distance from the beautiful sandy beaches that stretch for as far as the eye can see, and generally where the water calm, as it’s in the lee from the predominantly easterly winds. Dive operations do drift dives where divers get dropped off together as a group, they float with the current and surface where they may, and the boat picks them up. The diving is usually very effortless with currents 1-2 knots and thus you don’t need to worry too much about navigation and getting back to the boat. With these constant currents you can expect visibility to be upwards of 100’ to 150’ with water temps ranging 74 degrees to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Whereas on the east coast side of the island, it generally has waters that have breakers and undertows which make diving a little more challenging.

Many great restaurants and other attractions such as the Mayan ruins are also located on the east side and the best way to enjoy these sites is either by renting a car or scooter.

Personally I feel the best deals are located at the “all inclusive” resorts such as the Hotel Cozumel and Resort where my mother and I stayed. Dive Paradise has spectacular deals with diving and the “all inclusive” resort at phenomenal prices. One of their locations is directly across from the Hotel Cozumel and Resort. There they have 150 lockers for your dive gear so you don’t have to take it back and forth. They have a gorgeous white sandy beach area with lounge chairs and a couple areas to easily enter the water for snorkeling, beach dives, and/or training. Dive Paradise offers 2 morning boat dives, 2 afternoon boat dives, and one boat dive at 3pm, so no matter what your schedule you can dive every day.

Hotel Cozumel

One of our favorite dives was the Palancar Bricks. It has tall pinnacles of coral and amazing swim-throughs as far as one can swim. The topography of the coral was truly breathtaking with its pinnacles rising from the sandy bottom upwards of 80 to 100 feet. Palancar has some of the most gorgeous reefs we have ever seen. The marine life was also just as breathtaking. With many turtles, Groupers, Nurse sharks, lobsters, tropical fish, and Cozumel’s infamous indigenous toadfish, there was no lack of beautiful and exciting marine life. Dive Paradise has 11 boats to make sure all divers get to dive and that all can have the diversity of the diving offered on Cozumel. Their boats are some of, if not, the cleanest boats I have ever been on. The area around the dive shop is also spotless. With convenient and clean rinse tanks to easy hanging drying racks, you will feel as though this is the closest resort to a livaboard you can get. From the moment you meet the people working at Dive Paradises locations, to the Divemasters, Captains, and crew, you see how easy and effortless your dive vacation is going to be. Dive Paradise can accommodate and take care of anyone from around the world with their multilingual staff. They are there to ensure you have a safe and wonderful dive vacation. I have met and talked with numerous people who have visited Cozumel countless times, and now I can understand why. With the ease of getting there from the states, and the fabulous prices for staying, shopping, activities, the addictive, and so many dive sites, one can easily see why so many people return time and time again to Cozumel.

There is so much to do and see in Cozumel and staying as long as you possibly can will benefit you to be able to see and do everything. In addition to scuba diving there are many shore excursions and other water activities to keep you busy. From dune buggies, all terrain vehicle tours, horseback riding, touring Mayan temples, shopping, hiking, renting scooters, Dolphin encounters, yacht and lobster cruises, bus tours, snorkeling, snuba, Sea Trek, deep sea fishing, diving and snorkeling in the caves, parasailing, and golf, there is surely an activity to occupy everyone in your group or family. I highly recommend Cozumel for your next diving vacation and I definitely recommend looking into the “all inclusive” packages for the best dive deals around. You are sure to feel you got your money’s worth and experienced some of the best diving in the world.

32 Responses

  1. Awesome review
  2. I will forever have a soft spot for Dive Paradise as it's where I was certified in 1993. Would love to go back, but haven't been back to Cozumel since about 1995.
  3. Yeah, Apple runs a god operation. They are also the only HSA shop on Coz, hence touching the soft spot in my heart. They do alot for Diveheart and other HSA organizations.
  4. Dove with them last year! Great operation! Apple and all of her DMs were a blast to work with!
  5. I've never posted based on a review before...but this is obviously a pro review, written by the dive op/hotel. I'm surprised no one else has spotted this, but any review that has absolutely zero negatives is a plant.by the way Coz is awesome, but if I were to write a review, I'd say that you can't drink the water, watch what you eat, be careful as to which dive op you select as this is Mexico and your safety may not be the diveops primary concern...oh and check your air and EAN fills for carbon monoxide as there have been a few "incidents" in recent years there. It is, by the way ALL drift diving...no beach dives and no get off the boat, swim around Personally, I love Dive Mau because their boat crews could follow your bubbles in a six foot swell while it's raining...yah they're that good. Cozumel IS a great dive location...some of the best drift diving and wall/pinnicle diving in the world. But the above review make it too good to be true and it's not.Happy diving!

  6. <blockquote><strong>HJeffreyM;6029735 wrote:</strong> I've never posted based on a review before...but this is obviously a pro review, written by the dive op/hotel. I'm surprised no one else has spotted this, but any review that has absolutely zero negatives is a plant.by the way Coz is awesome, but if I were to write a review, I'd say that you can't drink the water, watch what you eat, be careful as to which dive op you select as this is Mexico and your safety may not be the diveops primary concern...oh and check your air and EAN fills for carbon monoxide as there have been a few "incidents" in recent years there. It is, by the way ALL drift diving...no beach dives and no get off the boat, swim around Personally, I love Dive Mau because their boat crews could follow your bubbles in a six foot swell while it's raining...yah they're that good. Cozumel IS a great dive location...some of the best drift diving and wall/pinnicle diving in the world. But the above review make it too good to be true and it's not.Happy diving!</blockquote> <br /> I have been to Coz 3 times. Used Dive Paradise 3 times. The next time I go it will be 4 times with Dive Paradise. I don't have anything to say bad about Dive Paradise. I have met Apple and she is a fine person and runs a great operation IMO. The DM's there work hard to point out the cool stuff. <br /> <br /> Briefings are well done, boat ops and safety equipment are discussed, if you ask to be shown the equipment they are really quite glad to show you and inform you who on the boat is qualified to give oxygen and the number of life vests, what channel to call for help on the radio etc. Boats may be slow but they are comfortable and well maintained. <br /> <br /> It was a good review and well written. I wish I could write like that. I enjoyed reading it. Not sure why you needed to bring your favorite into this thread, do you work for Mau?
  7. Thanks everyone for your comments, I really appreciate them. BTW HJefferyM I DO NOT work for the dive op or hotel. My point of the article was to share my wonderful experience with Dive Paradise and diving Cozumel. I never said I dove with anyone else, or wanted to teach people on what they need to look out for in dive operators in Mexico. I have NEVER gotten sick before in Mexico, but ironically I just got food poisoning here in Colorado at a Mexican restaurant and had to go to the hospital. Go figure. I had nothing negative to say because my trip with my mother was absolutely so enjoyable. This was my second trip there with my mother and we are going back again next year because we are taken care of so well and everything is enjoyable. Im sorry HJefferyM if you felt it was biased, I just wanted to share my experience. I hope you can go there and experience Hotel Cozumel and Dive Paradise. Enjoy diving everyone life is better at depth!!!!
  8. <blockquote><strong>HJeffreyM;6029735 wrote:</strong> I've never posted based on a review before...but this is obviously a pro review, written by the dive op/hotel. I'm surprised no one else has spotted this, but any review that has absolutely zero negatives is a plant.by the way Coz is awesome, but if I were to write a review, I'd say that you can't drink the water, watch what you eat, be careful as to which dive op you select as this is Mexico and your safety may not be the diveops primary concern...oh and check your air and EAN fills for carbon monoxide as there have been a few "incidents" in recent years there. It is, by the way ALL drift diving...no beach dives and no get off the boat, swim around Personally, I love Dive Mau because their boat crews could follow your bubbles in a six foot swell while it's raining...yah they're that good. Cozumel IS a great dive location...some of the best drift diving and wall/pinnicle diving in the world. But the above review make it too good to be true and it's not.Happy diving!</blockquote> <br /> HJeffreyM -- it could be possible that Muggsy knows how to write. And BTW, my wife and I were down at Hotel Coz and Dive Paradise in March with a trip by A-1 and her review was spot on. And what's more, you can drink the water AND make beach dives there as we did four of them and were not taken out to sea!
  9. What happened to the negative comments before regarding Dive Paradise? While I personally have nothing against them, I do remember there being some other comments before that someone had posted. I can't seem to find them now?For the record, I have dove with Dive Paradise before and had no issues, they're just not my primary Cozumel dive op.
  10. A few comments on the comments:Any dive op can pick up at the Hotel Coz pier, you are not required to use Dive Paradise. There is a shore entrance and some shore diving off the hotel beach. I've seen it used for training and tune up dives. You are not taking your life into your hands drinking the water. The AI food is bland at Hotel Coz, but the price is right. It's a ten minute walk into town and the good restaurants. I have never met a dive op on Coz to whom the diver's safety was not the primary concern. I have met many divers who felt they were too good to be hurt, or too willing to take risks they weren't prepared for. Fight this temptation and follow your gut instincts about your safety on a dive. Don't allow peer pressure to get you into a dive you're not ready for. The prime example of this on Coz is the Devil's Throat dive. Everytime I get to Coz, we get on the boat and the DM asks where people want to dive. Inevitably, a few people on board bring up Devil's throat. Great dive, I've done it at least three times. However, as I've gained more experience, I like it less. I don't believe low time (less than 100 dives) divers need to be going single file through swim thru's at 130' without redundant air supplies. I always speak up, I usually find out at least a couple of divers are very nervous about the dive, but are afraid of "spoiling someone else's fun". It's OK: don't be sucked into a bad dive because the loudest guy on the boat wants to prove he can dive deep. Nuff' said.
  11. Nice article. It didn't read like an ad to me, it read like an enthusiastic trip report. I've been to Cozumel quite a few times. December will be my 3rd year in a row staying at Hotel Cozumel and diving with Dive Paradise. Are they perfect? No. Does the airfare-all inclusive price/location/dive op/fellow divers work for us? Perfectly! Caseybird, I definitely agree about Devil's Throat (southern point in general) dives being experienced/advanced. We exited Devil's Throat at 130'+. A novice in the group, feeling narcosis for the first time, didn't realize he was sinking, so we ended up doing a 150 ft dive on single 80's. Never again, I'll bring my soft double bands if that's on the agenda. Not worth the potential.

  12. <blockquote><strong>Spazcat;6030402 wrote:</strong> HJeffreyM -- it could be possible that Muggsy knows how to write. And BTW, my wife and I were down at Hotel Coz and Dive Paradise in March with a trip by A-1 and her review was spot on. And what's more, you can drink the water AND make beach dives there as we did four of them and were not taken out to sea!</blockquote> <br /> I was on that trip. How are you guys?
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  14. <blockquote><strong>HJeffreyM;6029735 wrote:</strong> I've never posted based on a review before...but this is obviously a pro review, written by the dive op/hotel. I'm surprised no one else has spotted this, but any review that has absolutely zero negatives is a plant.by the way Coz is awesome, but if I were to write a review, I'd say that you can't drink the water, watch what you eat, be careful as to which dive op you select as this is Mexico and your safety may not be the diveops primary concern...oh and check your air and EAN fills for carbon monoxide as there have been a few "incidents" in recent years there. It is, by the way ALL drift diving...no beach dives and no get off the boat, swim around Personally, I love Dive Mau because their boat crews could follow your bubbles in a six foot swell while it's raining...yah they're that good. Cozumel IS a great dive location...some of the best drift diving and wall/pinnicle diving in the world. But the above review make it too good to be true and it's not.Happy diving!</blockquote> <br /> Go you on the spot of the support of the resort and the dive shop. Sure they are good. But Mau is my spot also.......
  15. My wife and I dive Cozumel twice a year, every year since 2004, always with Dive Paradise out of Hotel Barracuda. There is lots of great shore diving and the best drift diving around. We are both U/W photographers and wouldn't dive anywhere else for the money. The diversity of underwater life is incredible. All water is bottled, the food is great everywhere we go, on strip or inner city. A person can swim around or snorkel on surface intervals anytime they want. We have never had any problems with quality of air or nitrox. The night diving off Hotel Barracuda is unreal. The old dolphin pen is just south of their dock. I think it'd obvious I highly recommend Dive Paradise and Cozumel as a whole.
  16. Mid-December 2011 will be my third time in Cozumel and none of them have been with the subject of this review and the reason is fairly simple...packages out of Ottawa and Montreal never seem to include this hotel and attempting to book an all inclusive hotel and flight separately is neither practical or competitive from a pricing perspective.Having said that, I love diving in Cozumel and so does my GF who was introduced to that location last year and cannot wait for December. In fact, we get to go back to the very same hotel and dive operator we used last year who covers the same spectacular sites as the other dive ops and provide hour long dive and free nitrox upgrade. Hotels...both times all inclusive (and different ones btw) and I never had problems with food and/or water. Not sure if this is applicable to all restaurants in St Miguel though. As for the dive ops...absolutely nothing to say negative about the two dive ops I dealt with. Last year, we had a combination of American, French and Mexican DMs and I thoroughly enjoy how they dealt with us...as they regrouped experienced divers together (segregated by gas as well so Nitrox folks are grouped together) and treated them accordingly. From captains to mates to DMs....very professional organization. My first experience was also similar in that regard. What I truely enjoyed though was their nitrox policy and being first one out and last one in which allowed us to do hour long dives . Looking forward to that treatment again.
  17. The ad was well written. I always dive with SeaRobin.
  18. I had a very positive experience during my week with Dive Paradise back in 1986. Great service with a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Although Cozumel was a popular dive destination back then, it hadn't been developed much yet -- the cruise ships were still an infrequent offshore phenomenon at the time. I made some nice friends on the island and returned 7 months later with my Zodiac and camera gear for a 3 month stay. It was a treat to take the divemasters out on their days off to visit sites that they couldn't go to with the tourist crowds. Had plenty of time to cover the entire area from Paradise Reef south past Palancar and Columbia from the drop-off to the beach and everywhere in between. There is a lot of variety to Cozumel that reviews, magazines, and books can't cover completely but is well worth taking the time to see. If you can't manage a long stay on the island, you might consider planning on returning several times since it would take about 50 dives for a good sampling of all the sites & sights. There are more shore diving opportunities than most people realize, but if you're on a tight schedule you'll probably be better off with the boat dives. The added benefit of a longer stay is the opportunity to sometimes witness some of the unusual marine life behavior. It was pretty interesting to watch two dolphins playing with a hammerhead shark near the surface as they moved upstream past us. Wish I had that one on film... The other memorable one was the occasional mobbing behavior between various reef fish species and moray eels where the fish would "push" the moray back into its hole with something akin to a cross-body block. Paradise Reef was one of the busiest places I experienced in terms of fish activity and spectacular behavior, but that was before the cruise ship dock was built. I often wonder what it is like now and if my little toadfish friends would still readily attack my close-up framer as they once did in an odd form of daily greeting.

  19. <blockquote><strong>DesertDiving;6052535 wrote:</strong> The ad was well written. I always dive with SeaRobin.</blockquote> <br /> Welcome to Scubaboard DesertDiving!!<br /> <br /> I think that is part of the problem here. It was not an add. It was a very well written report. Lots of people post Trip reports in various places on ScubaBoard.
  20. Nice review. My wife and I made a trip to cozumel in 2010 and would difinitely use Dive Paradise again. Dive Paradise takes care to give you and your group a great dive experience. The diving and viz was awsome. A good place for dinner is the "Mission House".
  21. i started diving coz in 1974 and have seen all of the changes both good and bad; we will be returning for our second trip this year in november; i have been and will continue to dive with jeremy anschel of Living Underwater; i have been diving with practically every operation on the island - most are good; some are quite good; a few are exceptional; imo, dive paradise is a "good" safe operation; but occasionally staff seems less than enamored with the customer service side of the operation; living underwater is a small operation and if there is an operator/dm more committed to serving your every need on any dive trip than jeremy, i'd like to know who it is. having said that, i assure you that i routinely talk with divers at wet wendy's that are just as dedicated to their dive operators as i am to mine;
  22. I have dove with Paradise Dive twice in the last three years. At the recommendation of a friend/dive instructor, Barry Holloway out of Atlanta, I book an all-inclusive trip at Hotel Coz and Paradise Dive. I dove for three days. On the first day and the first dive I had a regulator mal-function. As the group was in the water the DM lost his patience with me and acted very unprofessional (won't say anymore). Dive Paradise repaired my regulator and I dove with another DM the rest of the trip. I had an incredible time and the differnce between DMs was night and day. I would not let one bad apple spoil my trip. I really liked the Hotel Coz and its juxiposition to the pier/pick up point. This is a great set-up and one I plan to use again and bring my family and friends. On my second dive trip I stayed at the Barracuda Hotel and dove again with Paradise Dive. Great set up again...but you are getting a much older hotel. Had facility issues (no running water) the first few days and the hotel staff work diligently to correct the matter (older hotel). However, the big difference is Hotel Coz is down the street about 3/4 mile from the main activities of the town, whereas the Barracuda is right there near the main bars (the Barracuda is also a little bit cheaper). Dive Paradise dive boats will pick you up at either spot and have hotel-dive deals for both. Hotel Coz is a newer and nicer place, especially if you are looking for a quieter or a family type hotel. I have heard that it has the largest swimming pool in Cozumel. The Barracuda is right there in the thick of things. Also the staff from the cruise ships like to hang out there durning the day so it can become quite crowded from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Barracuda is also across the street from the town's largest market (simular to a small Walmart). Great place to get soda pops, munchies, beer, etc. I did get food poisoning from the local market's Guac on my "no-fly day". :shakehead: But that is always a change you take eating in a foreign country that you do not have resistents built up for. For me personally, I will be going back to Hotel Coz, rent a Jeep at the Hotel, and keep diving with Paradise (but I might try the other two recommeded operators just to see a different operation). BTW the reef is a great place to dive; there is enough diversity to keep you busy for a week's worth of diving and something for all skill levels. The review was very well writen...whether it was by a staff memeber or a fan. Go to Cozumel and enjoy the diving...just stay away from the guac at the local market :D
  23. what is hjeffrey talking about when he warns about " bad air" with carbon monoxide in it? Last i knew, just about every compressor on the island is electric. Who's still using gas compressors?
  24. <blockquote><strong>JANYVIC;6062867 wrote:</strong> what is hjeffrey talking about when he warns about " bad air" with carbon monoxide in it? Last i knew, just about every compressor on the island is electric. Who's still using gas compressors?</blockquote> <br /> I just returned last week from a dive trip to Cozumel, had a wonderful time! We dove with Dive with Martin,<br /> so I can't say anything about Paradise. But the initial posting on this thread has parts that were taken <strong>directly </strong><br /> from the brochure that the hotel leaves in the room. The brochure describes what to do in Coz, talks all about the cruise ships, etc. I thought the posting sounded familiar, so I checked the little paper that I brought home, and yep, it's verbatim!<br /> Now that is fine, it's easier to rip something from a brochure than write it yourself, but come on, you should credit the source. Maybe your experience with Paradise was so positive that you gave an honest review. But the credibility of your words suffer when you plagiarize and then expect me to trust your honesty. Just my thoughts.
  25. Turns out some of it is from a brochure?! Too hilarious.
  26. <blockquote><strong>janecee;6068561 wrote:</strong> I just returned last week from a dive trip to Cozumel, had a wonderful time! We dove with Dive with Martin,<br /> so I can't say anything about Paradise. But the initial posting on this thread has parts that were taken <strong>directly </strong><br /> from the brochure that the hotel leaves in the room. The brochure describes what to do in Coz, talks all about the cruise ships, etc. I thought the posting sounded familiar, so I checked the little paper that I brought home, and yep, it's verbatim!<br /> Now that is fine, it's easier to rip something from a brochure than write it yourself, but come on, you should credit the source. Maybe your experience with Paradise was so positive that you gave an honest review. But the credibility of your words suffer when you plagiarize and then expect me to trust your honesty. Just my thoughts.</blockquote> <br /> Hi janecee, and welcome to scubaboard. I see by this, your first post, that you have come here to attempt to discredit my experience at Dive Paradise? Do you work for some competitor? I find it extremely interesting that your first post is here to discredit me?<br /> <br /> I don't find that using generic statistics about Cozumel's tourism and cruise ship statistics, from either the Cozumel dept of tourism or as it turns out, the same statistics are in the brochure (which I was given permission to use, and whoops my bad for not citing the pamphlet for a few statistics on Cozumel). Either way. This does not diminish my experience, as I was merely offering suggestions of things to do while in Cozumel. <br /> <br /> If you don't believe my honest review of the premise, that's fine, you should be able to notice the difference in the parts of the article where I use the word "I" to relay my personal experience, but apparently you have to go over and above and try to discredit the entire piece because of some generic tourism statistics. Wow.<br /> <br /> Once again... I'm so glad you broke the ice on ScubaBoard with your first post.
  27. Ok Muggsy...I originally posted here several weeks ago to say that your "trip report" is a fraud. Now we find out that, in fact, most of it is ripped off from the tourist brouchure found in the rooms there. And you originally said you wrote the whole thing. Shame on you. Now, you are fiercely defending your work. Why? Doesn't the hotel pay you for the write-up anyway? That's how this paid vacation review scam works. It's happening all over Trip Advisor, and now here on SB. One thing is clear. Even if you did like DP, this "review" is fake. You didn't write any or most of it.Nice try, Muggsy. :no:
  28. <blockquote><strong>HJeffreyM;6073222 wrote:</strong> Ok Muggsy...I originally posted here several weeks ago to say that your "trip report" is a fraud. Now we find out that, in fact, most of it is ripped off from the tourist brouchure found in the rooms there. And you originally said you wrote the whole thing. Shame on you. Now, you are fiercely defending your work. Why? Doesn't the hotel pay you for the write-up anyway? That's how this paid vacation review scam works. It's happening all over Trip Advisor, and now here on SB. One thing is clear. Even if you did like DP, this "review" is fake. You didn't write any or most of it.Nice try, Muggsy. :no:</blockquote> <br /> Nice try for what?<br /> <br /> I had fun. I wrote an article. I wrote this article not because Dive Paradise asked me to, but because ScubaBoard's new portal came out, and I was asked to write something. This is my first travel article for SB, and there will be others by other authors as well. I am sure people like you will try to find fault with every article? It's the nature of the beast.<br /> <br /> I mentioned generic statistics.<br /> <br /> I use the word "I" to describe my experience. <br /> <br /> Out of the 5000+ reads of the article, and more than 20 comments, only you and one other person seems to try to find fault?<br /> <br /> Either way... The article is my original composition. Yes, I used statistics on tourism to make the article more enthralling, and not just like a regular post on the forum. I am sorry that you and a small handful of others must try to smear me, scubaboard, and the place I visited because you may not have had a good time? Maybe you never have fun? How would I know? <br /> <br /> The review is NOT fake. It is MY experience. I paid for my own vacation (not that it's any of your business) So I say "whatever" to you. There will always be haters. Life is full of em. <br /> <br /> Thanks for sharing.
  29. What these "articles" are meant to be is confusing. Is it just a trip report written by another member, or is it a kind of "reporter for SB" professional type of "article"? If it's the latter then arguing with responders and making comments outside of "this is a legit review and your accusations aren't supported by fact" isn't the way to do it. This is the Internet, so dissent is a requirement and there will be comments you don't agree with. If this is a pro type article then respond as such. Otherwise, flame on.
  30. I guess I am a little bit confused about the articles here on ScubaBoard too. I am curious, Muggsy, how did your trip report become an article, rather than just a post in the forums, as with most other trip reports? Did you submit it, or was it solicited? If solicited, by whom? I note from your profile that you work for ScubaBoard, and I also note that Dive Paradise is an advertiser and host to the ScubaBoard Invasion. It would not be unreasonable to speculate that this article was comissioned by Dive Paradise, or offered as part of a package of benefits that comes from advertising on Scubaboard.<br /> <br /> I hope Pete makes a fortune exploiting the popularity of ScubaBoard. As a frequent content contributor and occasional cash contributor, I would encourage him to make potential conflicts between the editorial content and the commercial effort as transparent as possible. One of the major assets here is the bond of trust between the site's users and owner.
  31. We've been to Coz several times (6? 7?) in the past five years and a quick trip we took through a dive shop this past July was our first time to Dive with Dive Paradise. I've got to say that we will dive with them again. The boat was comfortable, the dive guides were attentive and friendly yet left us alone to dive our own profile (but took great care of a couple of newbies on the boat).
  32. Just got back from Cozumel. We stayed at the ScubaClub Cozumel and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It's the second time we've been there, and it's a first-rate operation. Terrific divemasters, nice boats, and the hotel staff is very friendly. We had the good fortune to dive with a marine biologist from Tel Aviv University who was studying corals and sponges in the Caribbean; what a great education it was! We're in New Orleans, so it's very easy for us to get there; a quick flight to Houston, and then less than a 2-hour flight to Cozumel. Highly recommend ScubaClub; you won't be disappointed.

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