Cozumel is rated as one of the top 5 dive destinations in the world. Many people go to Cozumel to complete their open water training dives but just as many people go to photograph the amazing marine life. Simply put, it doesn’t matter what dive experience level you have, there is something for everyone in Cozumel.
Palancar Reef is the most famous dive site on the island; Santa Rosa is second. Drift diving is the norm so you’ll simply jump in and let the Yucatan currents do the work. Coral columns and walls start at 30ft. of water and drop vertically to depths well beyond what the eye can see. Visibility often exceeds 100 feet and the water temperature is a lovely 78’F-82`F. On deeper sites, you’ll find overgrowths of black coral, on shallower sites, sponges and giant sea fans. Fish life is abundant and varied. Large green moray eels, curious turtles, Goliath grouper, queen angelfish and the elusive toadfish are just the beginning to the list of marine life you’ll probably see.
In total, ten dives are included in this trip. Use of tanks and weights are also included. All dives are in the morning so you’ll be back to shore before lunch. If you want more bottom time, sign up for the optional afternoon or night dives. Or, choose to relax at the resort and explore the island. There’s plenty to enjoy.
Next to diving, snorkeling is the second most popular sport on the island. For novice snorkelers, swim off shore to see what fish live in the sand. Stingrays, goatfish and flounder love to hang in these areas. Snorkeling can be done off the hotel’s beach, at the underwater park, Chankanab, and various other locations.
Cozumel is Mexico's largest island and has a rich history. It was first settled by the Mayans some 2000 years ago. During the 16th century, annual pilgrimages were made to the island to make sacrifices to the Love Goddess, Ix Chel. By the 17th century, pirates inhabited it’s shores, spreading their own version of love and sacrifices. The most notable was American pirate Jean Lafitte. After that, the little island sat quiet and undisturbed until 1848. It slowly developed into a little fishing community but in 1961, French explorer Jacques Cousteau visited and the tides turned. He proclaimed the area to have some of the most spectacular scuba diving sites in the world and the world took notice.
Sub-Aquatic Sports first visited Isla Cozumel in 1984. Back then it was still considered a sleepy little fishing island but it also had a handful of dive operators too. Fast forward some 33 years later and Cozumel has bloomed into a world renowned dive mecca. To be completely honest, it has also bloomed into a cheesy cruise-ship destination, that is, at least during the daytime. Luckily for us, we are diving when all the tourist are invading the island. By evening, when the cruise ships have left port, the town is back to it’s charming self. If you venture beyond the waterfront shopping area, you'll see an island of genuine authenticity.
One of our favorite adventures is renting mopeds or a Jeep to cruising the coastline. You’ll find rustic sand bars to enjoy a drink, visit the Mayan ruin of San Gervasio where sacrifices to the love Goddess occurred and do a little sampling of chocolate and tequila at the local factories.
The final stop is taking a walk along the main streets of town to do a little window shopping and perhaps indulge in an ice cream. If you’re hungry, try one of the many charming little restaurants scattered along the waterfront; they’re perfect for watching the sun set.
Welcome to Fiesta Americana Cozumel. We are so happy to be back at this resort. The hotel has been under extensive renovation for the last serval years so SASS has used other operators. They were okay but never as good as the service at Fiesta Americana.
Fiesta Americana is an all-inclusive beachfront facility that caters to both divers and families. With the new renovations, it has a fresh, contemporary style. The location is perfect, sitting close to the island's best dive sites, tourist attractions and the bustling downtown area is just a few miles away. Fiesta Americana has a private beach club with snorkeling, over-water sunbeds, and dive boat dock. There are five on-site restaurants and multiple bars to choose from. Enjoy a la carte or buffet dining experience all day long and late into the night. The resort has a spa, workout room, swimming pool, kids' club, movie area, game room, and a variety of lounging areas so guests can find just the right ambiance, any time of day.
Each deluxe ocean view room has modern amenities. You’ll sleep well in soft beds with luxurious linens and awake feeling refreshed and ready to dive. Many rooms have a private balcony and sea views, where you can enjoy unforgettable sunsets.
The dive operator is on premise so you are just a few steps away from catching the boat for a week of exciting dives.
Sub-Aquatic Sports is not holding group seats on this trip. We like the flight but feel free to book the one that is most convenient and affordable for you. If you would like assistance in booking a flight, please contact us, however there is a fee of $25/ticket to do the booking.
March 3 Delta #726 Detroit to Cozumel (direct) 8:45am -1:01pm
March 10 Delta #776 Cozumel to Detroit (direct) 2:09pm-6:15pm
Trip Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for hotel/dive package will guarantee your space on this trip. Final payment is due January 5, 2018. Travel Insurance is recommended.
Rooming Arrangements: If you do not have a roommate and want one, SASS will assist in finding someone to share a room with. We cannot, however, guarantee that this is always possible in which case you will have to pay a single supplement fee.
Proof Of Citizenship: A valid passport is required for travel to Cozumel. It cannot expire within 6 months of travel.
Pre-Trip Meeting & Travel Documents: There will be a pre-trip informational meeting approximately one month prior to this trip. At that time, documents and informational packets about your vacation will be given. If you have any questions prior to the meeting, feel free to contact Kim at 269-968-8551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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