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BAD Trip to Cozumel

By: Bill Jones World Rights Reserved

Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. About 12 BAD divers and their friends and 16 other Bay Area Houston divers landed in Cozumel on August 23, 2004. The 28 divers arrived in Cozumel earlier than planned and checked-in at the beautiful HOTEL COZUMEL & RESORT HOTEL. BADDIES did a couple of shore dives and an afternoon boat dive on the first day. The group proclaimed Peña Coladas, Dos Equi's, and Cuba Libra's as the official drinks of the group in 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 BADDIES enjoying dive sites as far south as Columbia Reef to the La Villa Blanca Drop-off. Green Sea Turtles, Hawksbill Turtles, Moray Eels, Manta Rays, King Crabs, 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. Water temperatures were a constant 82 degrees and visibility exceeded 200 feet.

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 some made use of the wireless internet included in the trip package. Some rented Jeeps. One group of BADDIES 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 light, 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.