COZUMEL, Mexico -- At least a half dozen resorts here launched
packages geared to Cozumel's bread-and-butter market: scuba divers.
Cozumel is one of the world's top scuba-diving destinations,
surrounded by the second-largest coral reef system in the world and
boasting underwater visibility of up to 200 feet.
The following is a sampling of dive plans that are
• The 90-room Casa Mexicana offers three- to seven-night
scuba-diving packages with a free snorkeling excursion for nondiver
companions. Three-night plans start at $204 per person, double;
seven-night packages start at $492. Prices are for two-tank dives
and include daily breakfast.
receive a free night dive when they dive for a minimum of five
days. Packages are available through Dec. 20. For details or
reservations, call (877) 228-6747 or visit www.casamexicanacozumel.com.
• Dive programs at the 106-room Casa Del Mar Cozumel range from
a three-night package starting at $241 per person, double, to a
seven-night package starting at $580. Rates are valid through Dec.
The programs include daily breakfast, unlimited shore diving and
a 20% discount at the resort's nearby Nachi Cocom beach club, where
guests can rent water-sports equipment, swim in a private pool and
have lunch on the beach. For information or reservations, call
(800) 235-5892 or visit www.casadelmarcozumel.com.
• The 71-room El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel offers a three-night dive
package for $254 per person, double, a five-night plan for $454 and
a seven-night program for $559. The prices are in effect through
The packages include daily breakfast buffet, unlimited shore
diving and taxes. For information or reservations, call (800)
435-3240 or visit www.elcid.com.
• The Hacienda San Miguel Hotel is promoting a PADI open-water,
scuba-diving course that includes a five-night stay with three days
of instruction for $490 per person, double. The hotel also offers
dive programs ranging from a three-night package starting at $204
per person, double, to a seven-night plan for $446.
Packages, which include one free night dive and unlimited shore
diving, are in effect through December. For information or
reservations, call (866) 712-6387 or visit www.haciendasanmiguel.com.
• The Hotel Villablanca offers a four-night dive package
starting at $290 per person, double, and a seven-night plan for
$459, including daily breakfast and one shore dive.
The packages are available through Dec. 20. For information or
reservations, call (011) 52-987 872-0730 or visit the Web at www.villablanca.net.
• The Reef Club Isla Cozumel Beach Resort offers a seven-night
dive package starting at $825 per person, double.
The package is all-inclusive and is in effect through the end of
the year. For information or reservations, call (888) 773-4349 or
visit the Web at www.reefclubcozumel.com.
• The Suites Bahia and Suites Colonial resorts both offer five
dive packages of varying lengths through Dec. 20. Three-night plans
start at $166 per person, double, at the Suites Bahia and at $156
at the Suites Colonial.
Both resorts offer daily breakfast, a free night dive when
guests dive a minimum of five days and one complimentary snorkeling
trip for a nondiver companion. For information, call (877) 228-6747
or visit www.suitesbahia.com or www.suitescolonial.com.
To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].