Cozumel Fall 2017

Cozumel Dive Trip Sept/Oct 2017
Dates:  September 30-October 7, 2017* (Saturday - Saturday)
(*These are the primary dates for the group, some people will come early, leave late or not staying the whole time.)

estimated finances
Trip Estimated Costs:  
Hotel (all inclusive, food, drink and alcohol included) & Dives (~12 dives, 10 morning, 1 afternoon and 1 night dive - more afternoon dives available for additional cost and unlimited shore dives)  $1,107 double occupancy/person, $1,427 single occupancy/person. 

Flights:  ~$350-$600  
booking suggestion
Hotel & Dives - Call 011 52 987-872-0700 ext 3466 or ext 3467 (international number) and tell them the group code "sept17"  (Please note, it's critical you give them the group code so we stay together and keep our block).  On the call they will confirm with you the dates (9/30-10/7/2017), single or double occupancy, number of people, number of divers vs non-divers and they will book your hotel, food AND dives.  If you want to come early they can book your room at $140/single, $90/double occupancy per additional night. If you have any questions or need anything Ivan Gongora will be managing our group and his e-mail is That will take care of booking your room/food/alcohol - including WiFi, in-room safe, 24-hour room service, stocked refrigerator (sodas, juice and beer) and dives, now go book your flights!

PLEASE NOTE:  We ALL need to have this done and booked by August 1st, 2017, so don't delay.  

Ideal flight:  We know United, Frontier, American and AeroMexico.
Note: Also consider flying to Cancun especially if you are interested in the options and taking the ferry ($25 for the ferry ride round trip to Cozumel).

The Grand Park Royal Hotel 
All Inclusive Resort including:
  • Deluxe Accommodations with Private Balcony, Marble Floors, 27-inch Flat-Screen TV, Hair Dryer, Vanity Mirror and In-room Safes
  • ALL MEALS, Including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks, including A-la-Carte Fine Dining
  • FREE Nightly Live Entertainment at the Open Air amphitheater with state-of-the-art light and sound equipment
  • UNLIMITED Drinks, both Domestic and Imported
  • 3 Restaurants, 2 with A-la-Carte Dinner offering Mexican, Italian and Caribbean Cuisine and 2 Snack Bars, a Coffee House and Gelato Bar
  • Non-motorized Water Sports, which includes Snorkeling gear
  • 24 HR Room Service
  • Wireless Internet Access included
  • 5 On-Site Bars
  • 1 Large Swimming Pool
  • 2 Oceanfront Pools, one of which is an Infinity pool
  • 2 Oceanfront Whirlpools
  • Exclusive Beach Access from the hotel's gardens through a private underpass
  • Dive Shop and Private Dock on premises
  • Volleyball Court at the beach
  • Secluded Beach Club
  • One kid's pool in the Children's Club, equipped with water slides, as well as a playground and mini theater
  • Paradise Reef is located right in front of the hotel beach, forming a small cove which provides the hotel with a secluded beach area, great for snorkeling and swimming, even for beginners
  • All Gratuities Included
When booking hotel, they will also book the dives (at least 12 dives, with unlimited shore dives available).

During the trip we also have the option to do some specialty certifications: Underwater NavigatorSearch & Recovery Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Deep Diver, Drift Diver (which specialties, still to be confirmed - if you are interested in getting some of your specialty certs let SCUBA Phil know by emailing him @ )

Phil is running a special for the trip:  
Buy 4 specialty classes @ $150 ea and the 5th one is free (5 needed for Master Scuba Diver)  - email Phil to sign up

(Major Credit Cards Accepted)


BEFORE WE GO - We need to do the classroom portion of the PADI specialties here

  • Group Meeting to be held TBD
  • Also in March/April we will do a group dive @ Heritage Park Aquatic Complex Pool (300 S. Racetrack Rd, Henderson, NV) to ensure everyone is ready - DON'T FORGET TO BRING YOUR SAFETY SAUSAGE & REEL

Gear recommendations:
DO bring:  
  • Wetsuit - 5mm suit or 3mm with vest - the water temp is 82 degrees, but with this many repetitive dives your core temp will drop
  • Bring your gear or rent (Phil has rental gear available for the trip)
  • MUST bring - Safety sausage and reel (recommend the small)
  • Dive logs and ePDML
  • Passport (make sure you passport does not expire within 6 months of the trip)
  • Rain Poncho 
  • Your Diver Certification Card (Advanced Open Water at least)
  • Chem/Glow Sticks (ex: Amazon)
  • Dramamine (if you think you could get seasick)
  • Small lock for dive lockers 

DO NOT bring:
  • Weights and tanks 
  • Dive knives or gloves (since this is a protected reef, they will not be allowed)

  • AOW is required

  • Potentially save money by going through, then booking through from
  • Bring a large plastic glass (saves you time)
  • Make sure you have your passport and you have AT LEAST 6 months before the expiration based on the trip date
  • Get DAN insurance
  • Do not book transportation from the airport, transportation will be provided from the airport to the resort.  If not, we suggestion you walk 50 yards from the airport you can get a taxi for $10
  • Check with your cellphone provider for international coverage (it's crazy pricey if you don't add international BEFORE you go)
  • Load up the Viber app so we can stay in touch while on the Hotel WiFi (Android or iPhone)
  • Remember to tip $5 per person per dive, bring cash 
  • A good estimate is bring $300 in cash for tips/incidentals ($50+ in singles)
  • Remember there is a $2.50 per day park fee we will pay for the whole week in cash the first day we dive  
  • Call your credit card company and let them know the dates you will be in Mexico (to ensure your card is not declined)
  • Bring a second pair of flip flops or some moleskin in case you get blisters
  • Bring a travel pack of laundry detergent (in case you need to do some sink wash of your favorite clothes)
  • Don't forget we plan to go into town Thursday night for 2 for 1 Lionfish dinner
  • For those of you with new dive computers, make sure you set your dive computer to the least most conservative setting before we get to Cozumel

Other interesting Dive Links:

Previous Cozumel Trips

Tentative  Schedule

 Saturday TBD  Pre-Trip Group Meeting
  July/August   Pre-Trip Group Dive  
  9/27-29/17  OPTIONAL - Some divers will go early to Playa del Carmen to dive the  Cenotes (Playascuba) and/or enjoy the Xplor Park  (see below for  additional information)
 Saturday 9/30/17   Travel / Checkout Dive (optional) 
Sunday  10/1/17   morning / 1 afternoon dives
Monday  10/2/17   2 morning dives
 Tuesday 10/3/17   2 morning dives  / 1 night dive
 Wednesday 10/4/17   2 morning dives 
 Thursday 10/5/17   2 morning - Group Lionfish Dinner
 Friday 10/6/17   No dives due to flight 
 Saturday 10/7/17   Travel 

Shore dives available anytime

Do two, once in a lifetime dives - Dive the Cenotes off Playa del Carmen (sites and days to be determined).  A few divers will be coming out early to Playa (9/27-29).  We estimate about $100 for the dives ($80 for 2 tanks plus $10 park entrance fee and tip). Extra days @ Park Royal are $140 single/$90 double occupancy, or you could stay in Playa del Carmen, or downtown Cozumel

Cenote Kukulkan

Note:  This is an overhead environment, it is not recommended if you are not comfortable diving in this type of environment.

Explorers can enjoy six incredible activities: zip-lines, amphibious vehicles, rafts, swimming in underground rivers, spelunking and hammock splash. With nature and adventure at their core, these activities take place in natural settings outdoors and within underground environments. In addition to adventurers’ delights, exquisite and abundant food to recharge the energy.   With 21 day advance online purchase only $130 for the day.


Days to go...


Park Royal Cozumel

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