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Hotel Barracuda

3 star hotel
Av. Rafael E. Melgar 628, Centro, San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R. 77600, Mexico
50 rooms
FREE Internet

Dive Paradise Cozumel

PADI 5 star dive center
Offsite (Free pickup)
Max 8 divers per guide

Package highlights

  • Hotel Barracuda offers both affordability and comfort, with air-conditioned sea view rooms, a private beach, pool with a swim up bar/cafe and a small ocean swimming cove
  • Located just south of Punta Langosta Pier, Hotel Barracuda is the only hotel located both in town (just 5 blocks south of the main plaza) and on the waterfront!  
  • Crystal-clear waters characterised by shimmering shallows, spectacular walls, caves and swim-throughs are home to turtles, eagle rays, macro creatures and vibrant fish
  • These amazing dive sites were first discovered by the godfather of diving, Jacques Cousteau, who famously spoke of Cozumel as one of the best diving destinations on the planet
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You only need to pay 48h after your booking is confirmed.

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10% CHEAPER on average than booking rooms & diving direct.
EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS such as free DAN dive insurance.
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 100.00 USD
  • 60 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 100.00 USD of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 36 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 36 days prior to arrival

Explore diving around the Hotel Barracuda

Best dive sites in Cozumel

Punta Sur Reef – This is a fascinating, ethereal dive consisting of a deep wall with caverns and fissures. The appropriately qualified may enter one of the larger cavern systems and follow it down a sand chute to 27 m/90 ft where there’s a complex system of coral tunnels and caverns that are absolutely bursting with life.

The Devil’s Throat – This site is best enjoyed with an experienced local divemaster. The deeper walls have whip corals spiraling out into the depths, and large black corals. There are also small, brightly colored gorgonian sea fans and sea whips, including the devil’s sea whip.

Palancar Garden – Divers of all levels will enjoy the slight-to-moderate current that carries them along while exploring the many finger coral formations here. This strip reef is about 20 m/66 ft wide and dissected by many fissures and caverns. Within the many sheltered areas, divers can spot huge stovepipe sponges stretching out from the reef and black coral in the deeper areas. Fish such as juvenile yellow head wrasse hide in the deep yellow tubes at night for protection and sightings of butterflyfish, angelfish, parrotfish and damselfish are frequent.

Santa Rosa Wall – This is a high voltage drift dive along a sheer wall. The wall begins at about 15 m/50 ft and the current carries divers past ledges, overhangs, massive sponges and fire coral. Divers regularly encounter large pelagic fish, turtles and spotted eagle rays.

Columbia Wall – This is a relatively remote site which divers frequently share with eagle rays, turtles and large barracuda. A healthy coral reef crowns a steep drop off, and massive coral pinnacles rise 15 m/50 ft from the bottom. Nurse sharks prowl the reefs and walls, which seem to drop straight down to the infinite depths.

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Snorkeling in Cozumel

Snorkeling is essential to any vacation in Cozumel. From shore, you’ll be able to access the the island’s lush walls and reefs - just be mindful of the strong currents. Local guides will be happy to assist you with a snorkeling expedition by boat into the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park. There are also trips to the deep sea for snorkeling with sailfish that may interest the more adventurous divers.

What to see

With the heavy currents that produce the area's excellent drift dives, divers regularly spot a plethora of pelagic species. Be careful not to lose your regulator as you gape at the menagerie of animals that will pass you by. One of the major attractions in the area are the bull sharks that are attracted to the Playa del Carmen’s crystalline waters between November and March annually. These sites are an easy day trip from Cozumel.

Eagle rays are another common addition to log books after visiting Cozumel. There’s also a chance of spotting green turtles, loggerhead turtles, whale sharks and sailfish during their respective migrations. The healthy Cozumel reefs also play host to a variety of tropical species. Vigilant divers may spot lobsters, groupers, stingrays, sergeant majors as well as hundreds of colorful fish.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Since 1984, Dive Paradise has provided safe, reliable and fun-filled scuba adventures in Cozumel
  • Voted one of the world's best dive operators in Scuba Diving Magazine's 2019 Readers Choice Awards, and received TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence every year between 2013 - 2018
  • The local instructors, divemasters, captains and crew are among the finest on the island and the center offers the island’s largest fleet of boats and widest variety of dive trips
  • Warm water (25°c+) and great visibility (30m+) throughout the year with coral reefs, wall dives, canyons, caverns and more to explore
  • Join a Whale Shark Adventure Tour for a chance to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat
  • There are recreational, professional and technical PADI courses to suit every diver, and training is available in Spanish, English and Portuguese
  • The large Caribbean-style boats have sundecks, bathrooms and low sides for easy entrance to the water

Description

Dive Paradise offers the island's largest fleet of boats and widest variety of dive trips, including some of the world's most thrilling drift dives.

Waters are warm year-round (25°c+) and visibility is consistently high (30m+). The region offers coral reefs, walls, canyons and caverns. 

Conditions are suitable for beginner and expert divers, with a full range of PADI recreational, professional and technical diving training available. Courses can be delivered in English, Spanish and Portuguese. 

Daily morning dive trips depart to the 20+ local dive sites, with afternoon and night diving occurring regularly. Each boat is spacious and shaded, with first aid kits, emergency oxygen and VHF radios.

Facilities include a shop, gear storage space, rental equipment including dive computers, fish ID library, classrooms and free WiFi. A dive concierge service is offered to all divers (assistance with equipment, special requests).
 

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DIVING SERVICES

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Center
  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

PADI® Courses Available

  • Refresher Dive
  • Open Water (Referral)
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Technical Diving Courses
  • Other Specialties

Dive boat facilities

  • Ladder
  • Custom Built
  • Drinking Water
  • Shaded Space
  • Seating Area
  • Toilet

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Filling Station

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Resort Amenities

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Swimming Pool(S)

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Local Currency)

Amenities & services

  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

Food & drink

  • A La Carte
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Resort Description

Hotel Barracuda is the only hotel in Cozumel that is both in town, AND on the waterfront.

Striking a fine balance between affordability and comfort, this resort is a perfect choice for any diver seeking no frills tropical relaxation. With 52 air-conditioned rooms, all of them with two double beds, private beach access and a balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 

Diving around Cozumel's marine park offers a kaleidoscope of color. Discovered by the godfather of diving - Jacques Cousteau - who famously dubbed it one of the best diving destinations in the world. Crystal-clear waters are home to turtles, eagle rays, lobsters, seahorses and a variety of vibrant reef fish. 

Just steps away from the hotel you will find car rental, souvenir shopping, a large grocery store across the street, a wide variety of restaurants and the local movie theatre.

How to get there

Arrival

  • If you fly into Cancun Airport, you first need to make your way to Playa Del Carmen, where a ferry from the pier takes you to Cozumel.
  • The ferry journey takes about 45 minutes and you will get dropped in the center of San Miguel, the main town in Cozumel.
  • From here you can take a public taxi to the resort, which should take about 5-10 minutes.
  • If you fly into Cozumel Airport, the journey to the resort is around 5-10 minutes by public taxi .
  • Check in time is at 3 pm.

Departure

  • Check out time is at 12 pm noon.
  • Your return journey to the ferry terminal (for your onward journey to Cancun Airport) or Cozumel Airport will take between 5-10 minutes from the resort. 

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