Reed Travel Features
COZUMEL -- Scuba divers heading to this Mexican Caribbean island
can take advantage of a new dive facility with two programs being
offered by Sol Melia hotel group's Cozumel properties, Paradisus
Cozumel, formerly the Melia Mayan Paradisus, and Sol Cabanas del
In 1996, the inclusive Paradisus Cozumel opened Paradisus Beach
& Dive Club, the first full-service dive instruction center on
The new Paradisus Beach & Dive Club is located at Playa
Maya, near the southern end of Cozumel.
The 200-room Paradisus Cozumel and the 48-room Sol Cabanas del
Caribe are situated on the northwest coast of the island, near the
city of San Miguel.
Shuttle service is provided daily between the resorts and the
The 20-acre beachfront facility features a full-service dive
shop, Cozumel's first dive instruction pool, locker rooms with
bathrooms and showers, one restaurant and two fast-food outlets and
a water sports area with an array of equipment.
In addition to diving, guests at the facility can participate in
other activities, including kayaking, windsurfing and horseback
riding, or they can relax on the beach.
Guests at Paradisus Cozu-mel have access to the facility and its
water sports center.
An admission price of $10
is available to the general public.
The facility sits in the middle of Cozumel's dive corridor,
offering access to a wide array of coral reefs and walls. It is
open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
From the Beach & Dive Club, a 10- to 30-minute boat ride
takes divers to sites such as Palancar, Tormentos, Santa Rosa,
Cardona and Punta Tunich.
A Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
facility, the Beach & Dive Club boasts all the amenities for
diving instruction, certification and excursions.
A full range of PADI diving instruction is offered, including
open-water, advanced and specialties certification training.
Additionally, guests who are not certified to dive can take a
resort course, which consists of an out-of-the-water lesson,
instruction in the dive pool and diving in the Mexican
Caribbean Divers International of Cozumel runs the dive
instruction programs from its full-service center at Paradisus
Beach & Dive Club.
The new location is the firm's third dive center on the island.
Caribbean Divers also operates dive facilities in downtown Cozumel
and at Chan-kanaab National Park.
The dive packages offered at Paradisus Cozumel and Sol Cabanas
del Caribe enable divers to take advantage of the new Beach &
The three- and seven-night programs include oceanview
accommodations, continental breakfasts daily, a two-tank dive each
day, transfers between the resort and the Beach & Dive Club,
airport transfers and hotel and meal taxes.
At Paradisus Cozumel, three-night package rates are $547 per
person, double, through April 5 and $351 from April 6 through Dec.
For seven nights, the price is $1,332 through April 5 and $875
from April 6 through Dec. 22.
At Sol Cabanas del Caribe, three-night package rates are $313
through April 5 and $261 from April 6 through Dec. 22.
Seven-night rates are $793 through April 5 and $657 from April 6
through Dec. 22.
Both properties also offer nondiver rates under the two
At Paradisus Cozumel, nondiver rates for three nights are $432
through April 5 and $236 from April 6 through Dec. 22.
For seven nights, nondivers pay $987 through April 5 and $530
from April 6 through Dec. 22.
At Sol Cabanas del Caribe, three-night rates for nondivers are
$205 through April 5 and $146 from April 6 through Dec. 22.
For seven nights, rates for nondivers are $466 through April 5
and $327 from April 6 through Dec. 22.
To qualify for nondiver rates, rooms must host one diver.
For additional information, call (800) 33-MELIA.