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Houston Divers Trip to Cozumel
 © Copyright 2004    Bill Jones    World Rights Reserved

Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico.  The Scuba Guy and more than twenty-eight Houston area divers landed in Cozumel on August 23, 2004.  The divers arrived in Cozumel earlier than planned and checked-in at the beautiful  HOTEL COZUMEL & RESORT.  The divers did a couple of shore dives and an afternoon boat dive on the first day.  Our divers proclaimed Piña Coladas, Dos Equi's, and Cuba Libre's as the official drinks of the group in the hotel’s all-inclusive bars.

The HOTEL COZUMEL & RESORT is a hacienda-style 178-room resort and Dive Center.  Dive Paradise, an on-site full-service PADI Gold Palm Dive Center, quickly became the rendezvous point for the group after the buffet breakfast each morning. The diving day started with two-tank boat dives with divers enjoying dive sites as far south as Columbia Reef to the La Villa Blanca Drop-off.  Green Sea Turtles, Hawksbill Turtles, Moray Eel, Manta Ray, King Crab, Lobsters, Blacktip Reef Sharks and Gray Reef Sharks were spotted by the divers.  More fish were seen on this trip than ever including huge Groupers, Triggerfish, Angelfish, Parrotfish, Palometa, Scorpionfish, Butterflyfish, Hogfish, Snapper, Squirrelfish, and Tomtate just to name a few.  The beautiful Cozumel beaches and crystal clear water are always a delight to everyone.

Each afternoon the group split up, some going to town for shopping, some making afternoon boat and shore dives, and some relaxing in one of the hotel bars.  Divers played tennis, ping pong, and made use of the wireless internet included in the trip package.  Some rented Jeeps.  One group took a trip to Chichen-Itza, the most important and extraordinary city of the Mayan civilization, to discover the magnificence of pyramids built by one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world.  The group ate dinner at the hotel and some went to restaurants, clubs, and taquerias in San Miguel.

The night diving was great.  Lots of friendly Octopus were encountered.

After checking-in at the Cozumel airport for the return flight, the group met one last time at the airport coffee shop and all agreed they had a great time.  Five days of diving and relaxation prompted travelers to want to make the trip again next year.

Editor Note:  Bill Jones, The Scuba Guy, is a PADI Master Instructor and a Published and Award-Winning Writer