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MEXICO DIVING OFFERS 2017

DIVING OFFERS INDEX :

1. COZUMEL

2. LA PAZ – SEA OF CORTEX DIVE TRIPS - Mechudo

1. COZUMEL

General information.

Cozumel is a world famous diving area. The reefs are spectacular, with a prolific number of sponges and interesting coral formations. Fish are in abundance, including groupers, cowfish, wrasse, angel fish and Cozumel’s Splendid Toadfish.

 

Dive sites accessible from Cozumel include the Palancar Reef. Stretching for about a mile, this is characterised by enormous living coral boulders and deep channels. It is a good place to see chubs, creole wrasse, groupers and snappers - to name but a few. Another excellent site is Santa Rosa Reef, where you can find large angelfish squirrelfish, barracuda and a tremendous variety of small tropicals.

The majority of the boat diving in Cozumel is drift diving. Divers drift effortlessly, generally in a mild current over Cozumel’s fantastic kilometres of reef.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Rooms at the Safari Inn are located above the dive base. All have en-suite bathroom facilities and air-conditioning. The rooms are comfortable, and their location along the sea front allows for easy access to Aqua Safari's dive boats and the town of San Miguel de Cozumel.

 

Other hotels in Cozumel on a b&b or all-inclusive basis available on request.


 

COZUMEL

from £825 - shared dbl room

 

Price includes: 10 dives and 7 nights AI accommodation at the

Hotel Cozumel and Resort. Excluding flights.

 

International flights available with Thomson, Virgin and Air France on request.
Please ask for a quote.

 

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Cozumel News!

Cozumel’s Scuba Fest

 

The build up to Cozumelfest started over a year ago, with representatives from Cozumel, located 12 miles off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, visiting countries in Europe such as London and Madrid, to spread the word about this island’s special marine environment.

 

Beginning on the 6th December 2012, this underwater festival opened with Mexican music and an enactment concerning Ixchel - Cozumel’s Mayan goddess of fertility. A presentation alluded to Cozumel’s marine delights, which divers visiting the island were able to experience firsthand the following day. With sightings of Caribbean reef sharks, numerous turtles, sea horses, southern sting rays, multitudes of tropical fish and even a splendid toadfish, it was clear that Cozumel deserved its underwater festival.

 

A number of marine related presentations and films also took place. A film made by Jean Michel Cousteau, linked to his Ocean Futures Foundation, about his father Jacques, brought home how special the undersea world is. A tribute to Ramón Bravo, another leviathan in the marine world, and a presentation about the Clipperton project, which aims in part to draw people together with various disciplines to confront international issues such as waste and plastics in the oceans, drew further attention to the need to protect this resource. Young members of Cozumel’s Foundation of Parks and Museums also spoke about their marine conservation projects, involving the monitoring turtles and fish. Opening up the diving spectrum, additional presentations featured cave diving, diving in mountainous regions and decompression.

 

Alongside Cozumelfest was also a small expo featuring companies such as GoPro – the camera company, Mares, PADI and DAN.

 

One of the festivals highlights was when Leo Morales, who lost a leg to cancer, dived to 124.968 metres (410ft), creating a world record for a diver with a disability. Breathing trimix Morales, accompanied by some other divers for part of the way, took 7/8 minutes to reach the seabed next to Palancar reef, where he was able to spend another 2 minutes. The ascent took around two hours and was achieved by switching the breathing gas mix at four stages. The last stage was at 10 metres where a nitrox mix of 80/20 was used.

 

Visitors to Cozumelfest were also invited to watch, and even take part in, water based activities including wind surfing and a sailing regatta. For those with enough energy after all the days’ events, salsa and rumba dancing was on offer in Parque Juárez - Cozumel’s main square. Here, visitors were invited to taste the infamous lionfish, whose numbers are now being reduced by an elimination programme lead by Mexico.

 

The Festival ended with an account by Leo Morales of his record breaking dive and a thank you to the organisers. Judged a success, Cozumelfest continues to take place every December.

With thanks to Hotel B Cozumel for hosting me during Cozumelfest.

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Departing from La Paz – 2017

 

2. LA PAZ   Mechudo catamaran

 

 

Dive trips can be arranged from the ‘Mechudo’- a 45ft catamaran, built in 1998 in South Africa and designed by Robertson and Caine. This 4500 model can take up to 8 clients in three double cabins (2 of the cabins have a single bed in the pontoon), each with their own private head and shower. Air conditioning is available day and night.

 

Trips depart: May to November for diving. Snorkeling, sailing, natural history, birdwatching, sea kayaking and whale watching trips can also be arranged, as well as free diving and photo clinics. Experienced crew and guides on board.

 

Trip length minimum of 3 days.

Prices determined by your unique programme and number of clients.

Please talk to us to discuss the various options and obtain a quote.

 

 

The Mechudo can in a number of sites including: Las Animas - a magnificent and colourful dive spot with walls of gorgonians, and a tremendous number of invertebrates. Fish species are also extremely plentiful here, and include schools of jacks, hawkfish and redtail trigger fish. Cerralvo Island - a good site to see pelagics and schools of all different kinds of fish. Plus the famous sites of El Bajo - famed for its hammerhead sharks and Los Islotes - the sea lion colony.

 

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Also tailored diving and sailing charters aboard the Mechudo. Completely customisable packages include crew and guides to accommodate a full menu of natural history activities from this catamaran, for up to 8 people. As well as scuba diving, these trips can include: sea kayaking, whale watching and wildlife cruises. Free diving and photo clinics can also be arranged. Please ask for a quote.

 

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Holidays in Cozumel can be combined with holidays in

Cuba

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International flights available on request.

Please note: we provide package and tailor made holidays for individuals and groups.

GROUP RATES are also available.

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 For information and bookings contact: Scuba en Cuba

7 Maybank Gardens, Pinner, Middlesex HA5 2JW. United Kingdom.

UK-Tel: 01895 624100 Fax: 01895 624377

International Tel: +44 1895 624100 Fax: +441895 624377

"click link to" Email: diana@scuba-en-cuba.com

www.scuba-en-cuba.com

ATOL no. 5242

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