2017 Fall Dive Trip - Occidental Grand Cozumel - November 11-18
We will be staying at the Occidental Grand Cozumel which is a 5-star, all inclusive resort located on the southwest shore of Cozumel. For $1,055 (based on double occupancy), you get unlimited meals, snacks, beverages, and 10 boat dives and free nitrox. A 22 boat dive package is $1,425. The resort has 6 restaurants, 3 pools, spa, gym, and a great beach. Airfare is not included since many of our divers want to use their airline miles.
The dive operator is Pro Dive which is located on the beach near the hotel jetty. The hotel is located near the center of the National Marine Park which is home to 105 different types of coral and 262 species of fish. Much of the diving in Cozumel is drift diving which means once your dive starts, you float effortlessly thru spectacular underwater scenery and marine life.
The dive operator recommends a 3 mil suit in November, but you can check the water temperature on the web as you get closer to the departure date. We will be diving in a protected marine park. The rules prohibit gloves or knives, touching the coral, feeding the fish, or using suntan oil that is not biodegradable.
What Is An Underwater World Scuba Trip Like?
Linda works with the resorts to get great package rates. The advertised price for the room alone for 1 week in November is $1,078 and she got the 10 boat dives included for only $1,055. She has booked a block of rooms and you can reserve your spot for a $200 down payment. Please pay the balance of your trip by Saturday, September 9. (See below for arranging your airfare).
One or more of the staff will be on the trip, both because they love dive travel and often to help new divers with the open water certification dives. We will usually reserve a table at breakfast and dinner for everyone to share their experiences and sightings. Of course, participation is optional if you'd like to venture out on your own.
Non-divers are welcome. A "no dive" package is $677 (double occupancy with your diver). The resort has much to offer including the pools, spa, gym, and beach mentioned above, but also kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, and snorkeling. The dive operator also offers snorkeling excursions in the Marine Park, from the Riviera Maya, or touring the Mayan ruins in Tulum and snorkeling in the cenotes (underground waterway).
When traveling on a scuba trip, we recommend using a carry-on with your medications, a swim suit, your dive computer and regulator and a few miscellaneous items in case your luggage is lost. The dive shop can provide other equipment until yours shows up. It is also a good idea to get DAN insurance which covers loss of equipment, medical evacuations, trip cancelations and much more.
The international airport in Cozumel is served by United flying from Houston or Chicago, US Airways from Charlotte, Delta from Atlanta, Detroit or Minneapolis, American from Dallas, Miami, or Chicago, Frontier from Denver, Sun Country from Dallas or Minneapolis and Aeromexico from Milwaukee or Chicago.
You may find cheaper flights to Cancun. From there you can take Mayair Air shuttle to Cozumel which costs $65 one way and flies 5 times a day every odd hour to Cozumel and even hours back to Cancun.
On our last trip to Cozumel, most flew to Cancun, then took a bus shuttle to Playa Del Carmen which is about 45 minutes and costs $10. Then we took the passenger Ferry to Cozumel which takes 30 minutes and costs $12.
Our package includes transfers from the airport or the dock.
Here is a link to a web site with travel information.
On August 10, Travelocity's lowest published price round trip from CVG to Cozumel was $833 and from Dayton was $669. The trip from CVG to Cancun was $399 and from Dayton was $433. Prices will change as airlines bid for future travel business to fill empty seats. You may find better prices directly from the airline and eliminates one party if you need to make changes or get a refund.