Thanks for the warm welcome, Michela and BH! I guess all three of us have been to Cozumel. My wife and I went there 8/16 thru 8/23. It was also our second visit, with our first being in 2001. (I envy you, Michela. We would've loved to stay a second week!)
We bought an all inclusive package online and stayed at the Iberostar Cozumel, which is the same resort we stayed at back in 2001. We dove with Dressel Divers, a 5 Star PADI shop that was located right on the beach of the resort. The dive boats left right from the dock behind the shop, which made things pretty easy, especially for the morning dives. We thought the Dive Masters and overall operation was very good, and would recommend it.
I can't tell you how wonderful it was to get back into that warm and amazingly clear, impossibly turquoise-blue water of the Caribbean, and know the joy of diving again. It was almost like a religious experience for me, after being away from it for over three long years.
Here's some brief descriptions of the dives we did:
8/17/08 - Two 40 minute snorkel dives on the coral reefs of Cozumel. I free dived to 50-60 feet several times. The clear warm water, the coral and fish were beautiful!
8/18/08 - First day of scuba diving for us since 2005. Two 50 minute dives on Santa Rosa Wall and Yucab Reef. Santa Rosa was a little disorienting because of strong current and being out of practice with diving, but still great to be tropical diving again. Yucab was easier and a beautiful fish dive.
8/19/08 - Two 50 minute dives on Columbia Cordillera and Punta Dalila Reefs. Very beautiful. Saw several sea turtles at Columbia, and a large aggressive Barracuda at Punta. Punta got very shallow near the end at 30 feet, and I was under weighted with a light tank. I couldn't make my 15 ft safety stop because I was too buoyant and shot to the surface. Thankfully no ill effects.
8/20/08 - One 50 minute dive at Palancar Horseshoe. Coral formations very large and amazing! Added two extra pounds to my weight belt for better buoyancy control, which worked well. Another 47 minute dive at Paso Cedral. Lots of multi-colored fish there, and a couple large Groupers. Also saw a small 3 foot long Black Tip shark. Looked like a "Mini Jaws".
8/21/08 - Two 50 minute dives at Palancar Caves and Palancar Garden. Saw a huge school of small Jacks at Palancar Garden. Felt totally relaxed and back in the grove with diving again on our fourth day. My air consumption was excellent, with all that weight loss and exercise of the last six months really paying off.
8/22/08 - One 40 minute dive at Punta Sur. We got very deep with a max depth of 109 feet - second deepest dive ever for me. Felt a little disoriented from nitrogen narcosis due to depth, but I was OK. Second dive was 50 minutes at Paso Cedral, with many kinds of fish of all colors, large and small. We saw two more small Black Tip sharks, a larger Nurse shark (six feet) and the biggest Barracuda of the trip at over 4 feet long. Current was strong and a real workout. Did a six minute safety stop at 15 ft because of the deep first dive. Very tired for the rest of the day from the current and nitrogen absorption. But all in all, a wonderful trip, and really wish we weren't leaving tomorrow!
Unfortunately, we lost what should have been our first day of scuba due to a reservation foul up with the resort that was blamed on computer problems. But that was the only thing that went wrong the entire trip, so it wasn't so bad. All I know, is that we both came home two very happy divers...
TY for the comments on my photos Michela. I need to get busy and take some new ones.
Thanks again to both of you for the warm welcome, and I'll see ya next time in the lounge.
"The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. -- Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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