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Cozumel here I come!

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Pro Dive Mexico’s Marketing Manager Susann Seifert gets some time out of the office and gets to experience her favourite side of the business – the diving!

Who doesn´t know that feeling of sitting in the office scrolling through all those intriguing posts with stunning pictures of beautiful dive destinations… the moment you start daydreaming until you finally reach that point when you shout out loud: “That’s it! Cozumel here I come!”

The idea of packing all my dive equipment that I will need to carry through that heat is not really all that appealing, but HEY! the outlook on what awaits simply can´t hold me back any more. Deciding to leave all the heavy equipment at home and rent instead, I just grab my mask, dive computer and underwater camera before catching the next taxi to the ferry.

There are plenty of options to ferry over to the island of Cozumel for my 1pm 2-tank dive (The excursion offered by Pro Dive Mexico would have probably been the more comfy way by the way, as they take care of all the arrangements, provide transportation from your hotel, a guide, lunch and even soft drinks).

Not even 1 hour later, after a smooth 40 minute ride through the turquoise Caribbean waters and a quick trip by taxi, I arrive at our popular partner hotel Occidental Allegro Cozumel, which seems even more shiny after last year´s renovation and is surrounded by lush greenery.

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Finally… the breathtaking view I´ve missed sooo much for the last 6 months!! I feel like just throwing all my stuff on that white sandy beach and running into the 28°C warm luxury bathtub of the Caribbean Sea.

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I´m early, so it´s still calm and quiet before all of Pro Dive Mexico´s diving and snorkeling boats return from their morning trips. Look! My name is already on the board! Good times.

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Here they are… LIONS II – Pro Dive Mexico´s fastest boat, GYPSY, 3 HERMANOS and ESTRELLA DEL MAR.

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Time for me to get my equipment ready. Bodegero Alex is very friendly and helpful and already guesses my required sizes. I´ll go with a long 3mm M-size wetsuit, since I tend to freeze pretty quickly, but take another shorty to put on top… just in case.

Look how clean and neat his Bodega looks. You can even keep your equipment here if you are diving with them for a couple of days and do not want to carry it up and down from your hotel room. Having said that, the ‘Ultimate Dive Experience’ room category at the Allegro is located only a few steps from the base and even features a rack to hang your wetsuit! If you stay for at least 4 or 5 nights, you will get 1 free tank every day, and the hotel´s dive coordinator will assist you with all your dive arrangements. Sounds so comfy… I’ll definitely be checking that out next time!

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I´m so excited!! Now it´s my turn to head out on 3 HERMANOS to Columbia Shallow and Palancar Gardens. Columbia Shallow is indeed pretty shallow, an aquarium-like crystal-clear vibrant dive site where it’s perfect for taking pictures, whereas Palancar Gardens as the northernmost reef of Palancar dive site is characterized by beautiful coral walls, plenty of swim-throughs, and canyons that are home to Groupers, Jacks, Turtles, large schools of Grunts, Lobsters, Nudi Branches, Spider Crabs and many more. A true wonderland – very relaxing and rewarding dives.

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The crew is really helpful – they provide an informative briefing, assist with the equipment, entry and exit, and offer water and fruits. Memo, of A La Aventura Diving Films and Pro Dive Mexico´s underwater video & photographer, who had been requested by some friends from Toronto to film all their adventures, also made sure to share some beautiful marine life shots with me. That´s him on the surface on the second picture.

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The end of a fantastic day in Cozumel with one of the best buddies I´ve ever had! And there is way more out there! Watch out for it and join me for my next adventures!

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Thanks to Memo/A La Aventura for the wonderful underwater pictures.

For more information about Pro Dive Mexico, visit www.prodivemex.com.

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Looking ahead with Regaldive…

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Regaldive is set to launch three NEW small group dive holidays for 2021.

With the news of Covid-19 vaccines on the horizon there is light at the end of the tunnel, and the team at Regaldive have been busy working on some fantastic new itineraries.

Their new small group dive adventures have been designed on a unique land-based, liveaboard concept. The holidays will appeal to divers who like to travel as part of a small group and those who enjoy a liveaboard experience with an action-packed diving itinerary.

Check out some of the great value packages to Egypt, Indonesia and the Maldives here:

SHARM DIVE EXTRAVAGANZA

On this week-long adventure at the authentic family run Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village in Sharm we have included a special diving itinerary with 15 dives! Explore Ras Mohamed National Park, Tiran, the Dunraven wreck and also enjoy a couple of night dives.

This is an exceptional package with accommodation, diving, meals and transfers all included plus for single divers there is no single supplement.

Dates:

  • 6-13 May 2021
  • 10-17 June 2021
  • Price from only £695pp
  • More on this offer HERE

BUNAKEN BONANZA, INDONESIA

This small group holiday is based at the beautiful Tasik Ria Resort on the shores of Manado, facing the Bunaken National Marine Park in North Sulawesi. The spacious family run resort has excellent facilities and you will enjoy warm hospitality from the friendly team.

Our special diving itinerary includes a total of 17 dives! You can take three dives per day and the package also includes a night dive and a trip over to Lembeh Strait to seek out the weird and wonderful. Accommodation, meals, transfers and Nitrox are also included plus for single divers there is no single supplement.

Dates:

  • 01-08 May 2021
  • 04-11 September 2021
  • From only £1345 per person

More on this offer HERE


DIVE & DETOX MALDIVES

This magical dive resort has been specially selected for our small group trip – with just six rooms it offers the perfect base to rewind, detox and enjoy world-class diving. Boutique Beach is ideally located on a local island at the tip of the South Ari Atoll, an area known for excellent whale shark sightings.

We have included 17 dives in our special package, including two full day safaris, a night dive, and some secret dive spots. Accommodation, meals, transfers and Nitrox are also included.

Dates:

  • 25 April-02 May 2021
  • 02-09 October 2021
  • Price from only £1675pp

More on this offer HERE

All prices are quoted on a land-only basis. Flight prices available on request.

Places are limited to just 6-10 divers so don’t delay!


To find out more about these new small group holidays or to book, visit: www.regaldive.co.uk or call 01353 659999.

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Dates announced for Grenada Dive Fest 2021

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The Grenada Scuba Diving Association, in collaboration with Grenada Tourism Authority, has announced the 5th Annual Pure Grenada Dive Fest from the 9th-15th October 2021.

To celebrate the success of the recent fourth event Pure Grenada Dive Fest – ‘A Virtual Experience’, the Grenada Scuba Diving Association, in partnership with Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association and Grenada Tourism Authority, are giving away an awesome prize. Entrants can win a five-night stay at Grenada’s Seabreeze Hotel in 2021!

Entering the giveaway is easy. Find the post on the Instagram or Facebook page @grenadapurediving and simply follow the rules.

Full terms and details can be found on the website by clicking here

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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