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Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel

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Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel

3 star hotel
Carretera Costera Sur Km. 3, Zona Hotelera Nte., San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R. 77600, Mexico
50 rooms
No Internet

Dive Paradise Cozumel

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

Package highlights

  • With an abundant reef on your doorstep and mere steps to the PADI dive center, you're never far from incredible dive experiences at Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel
  • Enjoy lively, shallow reefs, teeming with marine life of every size and color, from spotted morays to angelfish and yellowtails
  • A plethora of challenging deep dives will keep even the most advanced diver happy, departing from a private pier in front of the dive center across the street 
  • After dives, soak in the Jacuzzi then head to one of the resort's five bars and restaurants to refuel
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Enhanced Health Measures

Date of last update:Aug 4, 2020

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1) Our boat trips are running at reduced capacity to maximize social distancing. 2) Our public store locations and desks are cleaned and disinfected twice a day. 3) Our boats are cleaned and disinfected in the morning at the harbor before all dive trips, and again after the trips. During trips, our crew has disinfectant products to keep cleaning as needed, especially high-touch surfaces such as w.c. handles, bars, ladder, etc. 4) Hand sanitizer is readily available for guest use and convenience at all our locations. 5) All Dive Paradise staff are wearing masks. 6) We request that all guests observe social distancing, avoid physical contact, and use face masks as much as possible.  We have reusable 3-layer cotton masks for sale in our shops at $5 each. 7) We ask all Divers to submit their Waiver and Diver Registration Form online, rather than in person.  These forms are best filled out prior to arrival, or if on-island, they can still be accessed via personal smartphones or tablets. 8) We ask all Divers to please follow DAN International recommendations to protect oneself and others: Wash hands frequently, Maintain social distancing, Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, Practice respiratory hygiene for cough/sneeze etiquette, Seek medical care early for a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, Stay informed and follow advice given by one’s healthcare provider. 9) Any diver who experiences COVID-19 symptoms during their trip is required to inform Dive Paradise staff immediately and will not be allowed to join dive trips.  If such circumstances arise, a customer can call the Dive Paradise office to arrange a rain check for future visits. 10) Equipment: Divers with their own gear are free to use our fresh water tank, which contains quaternary ammonia with sufficient concentration to safely sanitize dive equipment. For rental equipment, please note:  regulators are rented without mouth pieces.  These are also available for purchase from our shop and other scuba boutiques in town.  If Divers bring their own, we can help install them. Divers are required to clean and rinse rental equipment each day during their diving schedule. 11) On-board food is now organized into sealed sack lunches for each individual Diver. 12) We request that all guests bring their own drinking water bottle.  Reusable bottles are also available for purchase at our store and at local grocery stores. Thank you for your collaboration!
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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

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

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

STANDARD CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel more than 37 days in advance, you will lose $ 200 and 100% for fewer than 37 days in advance.

SPECIAL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) CANCELLATION POLICY:  bookings impacted by COVID-19 may be refundable within 30 days of arrival at management’s discretion.

Explore diving around the Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel

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


  • 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 - 2019
  • 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


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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PADI® Courses Available

  • Open Water Diver
  • Refresher Dive
  • Open Water (Referral)
  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Refresher
  • 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
  • Other Specialties
  • Technical Diving Courses

Languages spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese

Dive boat facilities

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

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

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

PADI membership level

  • Padi Dive Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Idc
  • Padi 5 Star Idc Resort
  • Padi 5 Star Cdc

For your safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio

Resort Description

Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel is conveniently located right right in front of the Villablanca reef and wall - excellent for snorkeling and diving.

This traditional Cozumel dive hotel is surrounded by ocean, gardens and jungle. During your stay, you'll have access to two private peers, a small restaurant, poolside pub, Jacuzzi, and a nearby PADI dive center. Choose from four-night and seven-night packages to discover the beautiful underwater worlds of Cozumel.

Surrounded by ocean gardens and jungle, located one mile south of San Miguel de Cozumel, this resort is right in front of the first reef south of the island’s Villablanca Wall and Reef. Diving trips depart directly from the private pier across the street, with a Dive Paradise shop and gear rental facility, showers, and storage lockers on site.

How to get there


  • Cozumel Airport is around a five to ten minute taxi ride from the resort.
  • If you fly to Cancun airport, you will need to make your way to Playa Del Carmen where you can catch a ferry 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 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Check-in time is at 3 pm.


  • Check-out time is at 12 noon.
  • Your return journey to Cozumel Airport will take between five to ten minutes, as will the taxi ride to the ferry terminal (for your onward journey to Cancun Airport).


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