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Bill Jones Houstonians do Cozumel
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Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico.  The Scuba Guy and more than thirty-three Houston area divers arrived in Cozumel on August 8, 2005.  After planning the trip for more than six months, the airline cancelled the flight just weeks before the trip.  Last minute re-booking to Cancun resulted in a fun ferry ride from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel becoming part of the adventure.  We checked-in at the beautiful  HOTEL COZUMEL & RESORT HOTEL in time for dinner and drinks.  The divers took advantage of the hotel’s all-inclusive bars.

The HOTEL COZUMEL & RESORT HOTEL is a hacienda-style 178-room resort with an on-site full-service PADI Gold Palm Dive Center that 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 Palancar Gardens to Paradise Reef.  We saw Sea Turtles, Moray Eels, Manta Rays, King Crab, Caribbean Lobsters, and Reef Sharks were spotted by the divers.  Lots of fish were seen including Groupers, 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 around the huge swimming pool or in one of the hotel bars.  Divers played volleyball and made use of the wireless internet included in the trip package.  Some went to Carlos‘n Charlies and some went to eat at local restaurants including El Pique and Chilangos in San Miguel.

The night diving was great.  An Octopus with a head about the size of a gallon milk jug was the star of the show. More than 30 certifications were earned by divers on the trip.

After checking-in at the airport for the return flight, many in the group insisted that we have an 8-day option for the trip next year.

Read More About It:  Cozumel 2004, Our Next Cozumel Trip

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