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 experience level you are, 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. All dives are in the morning so you’ll be back to shore before lunch. Want more bottom time? Sign up for optional afternoon or night dives. If not, relax at the resort or explore the island. There’s plenty to enjoy.
Sub-Aquatic Sports first visited Cozumel in 1984 when it was still a sleepy little fishing/dive island. Since then, SASS has been to Cozumel countless times and it has bloomed into a world renown dive mecca.
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, the underwater park, Chankanab and various other locations.
When you’re not in the water, take some time to explore the island. Cozumel is Mexico's largest island and it has a rich history. Mayans offered sacrifices to the Love Goddess Ix Chel. Later on, pirates used these shores for spreading their own version of love and sacrifices.
One of our favorite adventures is renting mopeds or Jeep to cruise the coastline. Stop at sand bars for a drink, visit the Mayan ruins and do a little shopping in town. During the day, the downtown area is bustling with tourists off cruise ships but come evening, the island pace slows down considerably. This is when you should go. Walk along the streets to window shop and buy ice cream. Find a little restaurant on the waterfront to watch the sunset. Even though all meals and drinks are included at the resort, you may want to explore some sidewalk cafes and restaurants. If you venture to the back streets, you’ll find more authentic cuisine.
SASS stayed at Occidental Grand Cozumel in the fall of 2013 and spring break of 2014. Everyone loved it. It is upon their requests and recommendations that we have chosen this resort again.
Occidental Grand Cozumel has the perfect location. It sits on the nicest beach on the island. It is close to the prime dive sites (think short boat rides) and far away from cruise ship tourists (think D-day Invasion). The resort itself is surrounded by tropical mangroves and perfectly manicured gardens.
Relax by one of the three swimming pools but if you get restless, grab a kayak or go windsurfing. You can also use the lit tennis courts, beach volleyball, water polo, and go sailing. Bring the family. There are many kid-friendly activities offered during the day and free entertainment and shows at night.
Diving is convenient. The on premise charter is Pro Dive. They will store your gear so there’s no hauling stinky stuff to the boat each day. Pro Dive has a fleet of boats and a well trained staff.
All meals, beverages and snacks are included at the resort. There are 6 restaurants ranging from fine dining to a pizzeria and snack bar. Room service is also an option. Alcohol is included (not top-shelf items) and there are four bars including a disco to enjoy.
Royalty Club is an upgrade feature. For a fee you will have access to an exclusive restaurant and pool plus VIP concierge service, turn down service, etc. If you are interested, please contact SASS.
Other optional services for a fee include a spa and beauty salon, 18-hole golf course nearby, car and motorcycle rental, deep-sea fishing, day trips to Chichen Itza, Tulum and Xel-ha, babysitting, laundry services, currency exchange, Wi-Fi Internet in-room.
· 8 days / 7 nights at Occidental Grand Cozumel (deluxe room, double occupancy)
· All meals daily
· All drinks including alcohol
· 5 days of 2 tank boat dives
· Unlimited Nitrox!!
· Use of all non-motorized watersports
· Optional Airfare out of Detroit, Direct Flight!!
· SASS guide and t-shirt
· Taxes on hotel and diving
· Reduced rate on Nitrox Certification Course.
· Pre trip pool dive to review skills prior to trip
· Pre trip information meeting and post trip photo party
You have two options for airfare. Either book your own flight or purchase one of our contracted seats on Delta. When you purchase one of our seats, you only need an initial non-refundable deposit of $100 with the balance is due on January 25th. Flight times are subject to change.
Delta #726 Detroit to Cozumel 8:45am—12:07pm
Delta #311 Cozumel to Detroit 12:59pm—5:50pm
Hotel and Dive Package Diver $1299 Non-diver: $999
Airfare, Hotel and Dive Package Diver $2299 Non-diver: $1999
* Prices are based on double occupancy. A maximum of 3 adults can stay in a hotel room. Subtract $51/person for triple occupancy. Child rates are available upon request and based on two adults staying in the room. All prices are based on current taxes, fuel charges, etc. In rare cases, these prices may change without warning.
Trip Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for hotel/dive package OR $400 for air/hotel/dive package will guarantee your space on this trip. Final payment is due January 25. Travel Insurance is recommended.
Room Arrangement: 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. The single supplement cost is $350.
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.
Nitrox: This trip includes unlimited Nitrox. If you are not certified as a Nitrox diver, SASS is offering a 1-day course at a reduced rate of only $99. Date: Saturday, Feb 6th. 10a-5p. The NAUI Nitrox textbook is additional.
Sub-Aquatic Sports & Service Ltd.
347 North Helmer Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037