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Tam has the Ultimate Dive Experience – Part 2




My favorite part of the Ultimate Dive Experience at the Occidental Allegro in Cozumel? The diving of course!

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Pro-Dive Mexico boat

The dive experience at Pro Dive Mexico is friendly, efficient, and quick. Gear is placed in bins with your name on it, and when it is time to board, you simply take your gear to the boat and put it together. They have both air and nitrox (no extra charge for Nitrox), and a Nitrox Analyser on board. All dive guides are fully certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer Instructors, which is part of the safety standards for Pro Dive Mexico. I found the dive guide, Louis, from France, to be helpful and professional (not to mention that I loved his accent!). It didn’t take long to get organized and off we went to Palancar Horseshoe Reef.

Pro Dive Mexico’s website is fantastic, giving you all kinds of information on Cozumel diving. Palancar Reef was made famous by none other than Jacques Cousteau in the 1960s, and it is so large it has to be dived in sections.

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Gorgeous Lobster on Palancar Horseshoe Reef

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So pretty! The eyes are amazing

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Balloonfish are very well camouflaged

Since I was a lone diver I was buddied up with Martin, who turned out to be an excellent diver. It was a pleasure diving with him and the dive master.

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An Arrow Crab… this little guy will fit in your palm

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Fleshy Coral

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A gorgous Rock Hind on Palancar Horseshoe

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The invasive Lionfish

After our first dive, we went to dive one of my favorite reefs… Francesa. Francesa Reef is full of life… you never know what you might find, and we found quite a bit!

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Hawksbills are gorgeous

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A Banded Butterflyfish, a small but crucial fish on any reef… it is a cleaner fish

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Black Grouper

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Beautiful Green Sea Turtle with a gorgeous shell

The greatest finds on the dive were these two Porcupinefish! They are usually very shy, but obviously they are in love and weren’t going anywhere. At least, not during mating season!

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The two of them were together, and would not be separated. So sweet!

Travels with Tam gives Pro-Dive Mexico two thumbs up for their professionalism, friendliness, and dive skill. From top to bottom, they are a smooth operation (plus, all Nitrox is free on both Cozumel and the Riveria Maya – no extra charge!).

If you are looking for a great dive vacation, be it with your family, your dive group, or just you, you can’t go wrong with the Ultimate Dive Experience at the Occidental Allegro in CozumelThere is something for everyone!

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Tam Warner Minton is an avid scuba diver, amateur underwater photographer, and adventurer. She encourages "citizen science" diving, whether volunteering with a group or by one's self. For Tam, the unexpected is usually the norm!


Scubaverse UWP Winners Gallery: Raffaele Livornese



Each month we give the winner of the Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition the opportunity to show off a little more of their work in a gallery. The January winner was Raffaele Livornese and you can see his winning image at the top of this page.

What do you love about diving & underwater photography?

I love the sensation of liberty when I’m diving and love so much uw photography because it permits me to report to all the people what they normally are unable to see. Often I love the interaction with some animals I’m shooting, they looks at me curiously, it seems they are trying to understand what I’m doing.

Where do you dive?

I dive normally in Italy on Sunday or when I’m free from work, but 2 times a year I travel with my wife, 1 time for macro photography and 1 time for wide-angle photography, so we look for the best destinations like Philippines, Indonesia and Baja California.

What equipment do you use?

I use a Nikon D850 full frame camera with a Hugyfot housing, Nikkor 60mm and 105mm macro lens, Sigma 15mm fisheye lens and a Nikkor 16-35 wide angle zoom lens. For the light I have 2 Inon Z330 strobes and an Orcatorch D910V focus light.

Where can our readers see more of your work?

To enter the latest Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition, with a chance to win some great prizes as well as have your own gallery published, head over to the competition page and upload up to 3 images.

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DAN’s new travel insurance has you covered



As we look beyond the pandemic to the spring and summer ahead, many of us are eager to get out and see the world. If you’re planning to hit the road in 2021, don’t leave home without insurance.

For 40 years, DAN has protected divers against the risks associated with dive injuries. With this experience they have gained an intimate understanding of what can and does go wrong — for travelers as well as divers. Available to U.S. residents, DAN’s new travel insurance plans offer coverage for events including trip cancellations, missed connections, illnesses and injuries, baggage delays — and even qualifying COVID-19-related cancellations and interruptions.

With optional cancel-for-any-reason coverage, these plans are ideal for any kind of travel, from family road trips to long international stays, and can be purchased to cover a singular adventure or an entire year of travel. From delays to emergencies to lost dive gear, the events covered by these plans have been customized to meet divers’ needs and today’s changing circumstances.

If you’re looking forward to a change of scenery in 2021, DAN has you covered.

To find out more, visit the DAN website here.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email

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