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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!

Let them know that Tam sent you!

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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!


Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados



In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.

Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)



Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.

Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.

For more information about the CCMI click 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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