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Nacho was determined to make our trip enjoyable as he requested specific dive drop off locations just for the three of us, pointed out creatures we would have normally missed, and took us through some swim throughs at Palancar Horseshoe. We were always first off the boat and first to be picked up...no waiting in the water! We dove in the mornings...between 98' — 40' deep, current was medium most of the time (3 knots). Our dive sites were: Paradise Reef, Bolones de Chancanab, Palancar Cave, Yucab Reef, Palancar Horseshoe, El Paso Del Cedral, Palancar Bricks, Tormentos Reef, El Paso Del Cedral, and Las Palmas. We saw three spotted eagle rays the first day at Bolones de Chancanab, 2 nurse sharks the last day at El Paso Del Cedral (one was 8 ft!), and one huge eagle ray at Las Palmas, tons of angel fish pairs, parrot fish, large (2' — 2.5') lobster, Jewfish, Grouper, French grunts, jelly fish, moray eels, black corals. the wall....Deep abyss... What a charge that was to see! Lunch on the boat was plenty: ham and cheese sandwich, 2 tangerines, 1 orange, 1 banana, 1 egg, 1 cookie, and soda, juice or water. Nacho invited us to his house to meet his family and we ate tamales and drank Sol Cerveza. On our diving day off, we went with Nacho on the Ferry (Mexico III is the fastest, most stable Ferry — $7 one way) to Playa Del Carmen rented a car ($85 for a Volkswagen Golf at National) and went to the Maya ruins in Tulum ($3.50 entry fee and definite tourist location) and the Grand Cenote ($8.00 entry fee) on the way back. We bought confections from a street

vendor, drank milk from a coconut and ate the meat with a coconut shell spoon. When we returned to Cozumel that evening we treated Nacho and his wife to dinner at El Moro...great food in a local’s residential area (dinner for four $45). The Plaza Las Glorias was great, with marble floors, great AC, and a refrigerator. We had a beautiful corner suite with a panoramic view of the ocean. We really enjoyed the relative quiet location of the hotel with the convenience of a short walk to town.... and right across the street from the grocery store. Room service coffee arrived exactly on time! Café Java, a great breakfast place, was really close to the hotel and Dive Paradise opens at 7:00 am which can be a drag for those people like us needing a cup of coffee at 6:00 am Next time I’ll bring my own portable coffee cup that plugs into a U.S. outlet. Ne never once had anyone approach us to purchase a timeshare. Several individuals in town tried to give us a Jeep for $10 if we would go to the Reef Club and have lunch which we avoided. Room safe cost $2.50 and maid service cost $5.00 per day. These charges are added to your bill on check out. Keep your towel chip...to get your deposit back at the end of your stay. The dive rinse tanks are filled with fresh water, and the lockers are convenient to the boat dock... thank goodness we brought our own locks though...the hotel only had a few to lend. We spent most of our evenings in town. We ate at the Mission ($110 for 4 people), Ernestos for fajitas ($60 for 4), La Choza ($60 for 4). We also went to happy hour at

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