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June 4, 2009
From journal Cozumel Great for Divers Others Beware!
New York, New York
June 10, 2003
DIVE 1: The first dive was along a steep wall. We went to about 100 feet and wove our way along the wall and in and out of holes and short tunnels in the wall. Fish came from all over and you could see things like eels and lobsters lurking in some of the nooks and crannies.
DIVE 2: The second dive was a bit more leisurely. We went to about 65 feet and made our way across the ocean floor. There were patches of sandy bottom mixed with amazing clusters of coral. Of course, all kinds of very colorful fish were everywhere. I saw a massive lobster, several barricuda, a really cool eel, huge grouper fish, a sea horse, and masses of colorful fish of all sizes.
The dive shop was about 15 minutes from the ship. A group of taxis (which were included in the price) took us to the dive shop and we all got our equipment. The process was very organized and we got to the boats very quickly. Most importantly, the dive staff was magnificent. They were very concerned about safety, but let everyone have fun at the same time. They spoke good english and provided excellent commentary throughout. There was a video diver along and you could buy a video of the dive experience for $50.
A couple of tips:
1. Rent a real underwater camera. The disposable kind doesn't work below four meters...a lesson I learned the hard way. Fortunately, one of the other divers took pictures and I paid him for doubles.
2. Bring your Padi card. The dive staff will not let you slide without your card. They also want to know when you went on your last dive. If it has been too long, they won't let you dive. One girl from the cruise had just gotten certified a year earlier in Hawaii, but they wouldn't let her go because she hadn't had any open water dives since. I thought this was a little extreme, but I didn't take any chances. When they asked, I told them I had been diving within the last twelve months and that I had over a dozen open water dives (which was true).
3. Use lots of sunscreen. When you are out on the water, the sun is intense. I got burned pretty bad.
From journal Cruising to Cozumel