Av Rafael Melgar Sur #457 Col Centro, Cozumel
Dates: March 4-11, 2017
Non-scuba itinerary to be posted soon.
It's OK to RSVP without a deposit. A[masked] deposit guarantees your spot.
Cozumel needs no introduction: warm waters, beautiful dives, beautiful reef (the second largest in the world), a beautiful island with lots of fun during the day and at night and best of all: very inexpensive and easy to get to.
If you have never dived in Cozumel, it’s a must. And if you have already dived in Cozumel, well Cozumel is awesome and easy enough to get to that you must go back! :-)
Some of the marine life we’ll get to see will be the toadfish (a fish that “sings at night”, and yes we will be doing an optional night dive), turtles, green morays, smooth trunkfish (a cute fish with a “kissy face”), seahorses, eagle rays, large groupers and nurse sharks among others.
We’re going for 8 days/7 nights at one of the best times of the year to go there. We’ll arrive on Saturday, March 4 and will dive for five days, coming back on Saturday, March 11. We’ll do two-tank boat dives every morning, leaving at around 7 AM and coming back at around 1PM. We’ll then have the rest of the day and night to either dive more or go enjoy the day at Cozumel. There is tons of stuff to do in Cozumel, from going to nice beaches during the day to going out to fun, inexpensive places at night.
March is one of the absolute best times to go. The temperatures are not yet scalding hot, and the water is nice and warm. Most likely warm enough that we won’t have to wear any exposure suit. My favorite kind of dive!
We will also have an optional night dive.
And on Friday, March 10 I’m going to schedule an optional cenote dive. In case you don’t know what a cenote is, it’s a fresh water underground pool (pool is not really the right term because they go deep and expand well beyond what we can see) that are common in the Yucatan Peninsula, the area we’re going to. The water is fresh and filtered by the rocks, so it’s amazingly clear and pure. They are truly amazing and were considered sacred by the Mayans. Because you have overhead clearance, you don’t need to be a cave diver in order to do it. Those will obviously be guided, so it’ll be very safe.
Our package, like I said will include 5 two-tank boat dives. We will be staying at the Casa Mexicana, a very nice hotel in downtown Cozumel. Breakfast is included. I chose not to do the all-inclusive package because it would have added[masked] to the price without including alcohol, because it’s high season. This way we also have the freedom to go out and eat wherever we want in Cozumel, and visit different beaches after our dives, rather than being stuck at one place.
PRICE and PAYMENT TERMS
- 895.00. Yup, that’s Cozumel: awesome, easy access and inexpensive.
- A deposit of[masked] (non-refundable) secures your reservation. Then you have until January 4 to finish making your payment. Once I receive your deposit, I will send you an invoice for the remaining amount (MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN E MAIL YOU CHECK LISTED WITH PAY PAL. THAT'S WHERE YOU'LL RECEIVE YOUR INVOICE AND QUESTIONNAIRE).
- Full payment is only due on January 4, two months before the trip. So you have a lot of time to pay. You can make payments in any way you prefer so long as you are fully paid by at the due date.
- If you make payments or pay in full before the due date your payments (minus the deposit) are refundable before the due date (January 4). After that, all payments are entirely non-refundable. We STRONGLY suggest that you get travel insurance to cover you in case you need to cancel your trip for any reason.
- Hotel stay at double occupancy (please see ABOUT OCCUPANCY below).
- Five, two-tank boat dives from March 5 through March 9.
- Tank and weights.
- Shuttle every morning to the dock where our boat will be.
- Breakfast at the hotel .
- Flights (see FLIGHT below).
- Transportation to the resort (see FLIGHT below).
- Optional activities (extra dives, tours in Cozumel, etc.).
- Meals other than breakfast.
- Travel insurance (highly recommended). We do offer Travel Guard travel insurance and can send you a quote once you pay your deposit. You can also get insurance with any company you would like.
- Tips to guides, drivers, staff, etc.
- Equipment Rentals other than tank and weights (you can rent full equipment from the dive shop. I’ll include that in the invoice if you choose to do so).
- Souvenirs or anything extra you would like to get.
- Anything not described in the itinerary.
- Double occupancy: you will be paired up with someone of the same gender as a roommate. Unless you have someone that you are already coming with, of course.
- Single supplement (if you want a room for yourself):[masked]
- The last people to RSVP and pay the deposit MAY have to be put in triple occupancy rooms (if we end up with an odd number of men or women).
- I’m not setting a deadline or a RSVP limit because as of right now we can take as many people as we want. HOWEVER, the time we’re going is high season and they expect to have everything sold out very soon. Once that happens, the trip is closed. Done. No more! So I STRONGLY recommend that you put your deposit down ASAP. This way I can reserve your place and you are in. For every trip I do there are people who come in too late because they kept thinking about it too much. Life does not wait for you if you hesitate. So jump in right now!!!! :-)
Flight is NOT included. Flights are very easy to book on your own and some people want to do side trips, so it gets really unpractical to include flight. Besides many of you can use miles or other ways of making your flight free or saving money if you book it by yourself. So instead of including air, I will suggest the flights so you can go to Kayak.com, Cheapoaire.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, or any booking website and book your own. The best time to book a flight is usually 3-4 months before (the best day is Tuesday and the best time is between 12:00 and 3:00 PM). I will book mine at that point and then will e mail the group telling you what I got. If you do book the flight I suggest from LA, we’ll meet at LAX. If not, I’ll just meet you in there.
Also, since this is Cozumel, which is an island, we will have two choices: fly to Mexico City and then take a flight directly into Cozumel, or fly into Cancun, take a shuttle to the boat terminal, take a boat to Cozumel and then a taxi to the hotel. This second option seems complicated but it’s actually very doable and usually A LOT cheaper. As of right now that’s what I’m planning on doing. I’ll have to see the price difference when it’s time to buy my ticket. If I do that, you can plan on taking the same flight as me and we can do it all together. I’m planning on getting my ticket on the beginning of January. When I do get it, I can let everyone know so you can try to get on the same plane as me.
In case you purchase a different flight than me, just make sure you get there on Saturday, March 4 at any time. Check in time is 3PM and that’s when our rooms will be available. Having said that, usually they are available before, and even if they don’t you can leave your luggage at the hotel and go enjoy some time in Cozumel.
For the departing flight, any time on Saturday, March 11. Our check out time at the hotel is 10 AM. If you do the cenote dive with me on Friday, then make sure you don’t fly any earlier than 2PM on Saturday to give you plenty of decompression time.
SOME OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW
- Passport is required, of course. If you don't have a valid passport, make sure to get started on it ASAP. Here's the link for the Department of State Passport section: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html
- If you have a foreign passport, you may need a visa. Here's the Mexico Consulate page so you can look into that: https://mexico.visahq.com/
Again, get on it ASAP so you don't get held up because of some unexpected delay.
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