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Flash’s Adventures, The Reef Club Isla Cozumel/Sun Trips, November 1999, Deanna and Hal Colvin, Boulder, CO. Vis: 120-180 ft. Water: 80-82 degrees. Dive restrictions enforced: Computer. Sun Trips: a very nice, affordable trip through Sun Trips (www.suntrips.com or 1-800- 786-8747). The direct flight from Denver on an A-320 Airbus was only 3 hrs. and 40 min. The crew was friendly, and a meal and movie were offered, which made the flight go quickly. There are flights out of several major cities and different packages; airfare only, or an airfare/ hotel package with or without meal plan. We chose an all-inclusive package during the “non-peak” season at the Reef Club Isla Cozumel (there’s a choice of 9 hotels and meal plans, with varying costs). Cost per person was about $850 for 8 days/7nights, which included airfare, hotel, transfers to/from the hotel, hotel taxes, depar- ture taxes, gratuities, and all meals, snacks and drinks. We arranged our dive package directly with Flash’s Adventures. Cost was considerably less than others: $276/person for a 6- day, 2 tank package + 1/day for Hyperbaric chamber insurance; night dives were an extra $35. Flash’s caters to groups of no more than six and provided excellent services. Our divemaster, Gabriel, spoke English fluently and was very knowledgeable and eager to please. He was safety conscious, but didn’t restrict divers, encouraging us to dive our computers. We were picked up at a pier an easy 5- minute walk from the hotel, so we didn’t need to rent a vehicle. The hotel

is on the southernmost end of the island and closest to the reef, so boat time to and from the reef ranged from 5-15 min., depending on the isle. Bottom times were 50-60 min. Divers who didn’t want to dive that long ascended sooner and were picked up by the skipper. Surface intervals were on nearby beaches during which the crew switched our tanks, and they offered us drinks, food and wind breakers. After diving, we left our B.C.s, wetsuits etc. with the crew and they rinsed them, so we didn’t have to haul our equipment back and forth! The reefs were in great shape with little bleaching, lots of sea life, and beautiful coral. Out-of-the-ordinary included the Splendid Toadfish, indigenous to Cozumel; a visit by two bottlenose dolphins; sea turtles; giant crabs, lobsters and grouper; nurse sharks; rays and the usual. Vi 120+ ft. Due to constant currents, and waters temps were 81-82°. We were drift diving, with currents of 0-3 knots. At times there was a bit of chop, which made it difficult for the skipper to locate us and pick us up quickly. The Reef Club has 240 rooms and many do not have ocean views. The downside of a package deal is that you can’t request (and expect to receive) upgrades. Our room had a king-size bed, A/C, satellite TV, an outdoor patio and daily maid service. Only complaints were that the patio door did not have a screen, the bedding and linens were pretty “worn,” and the hotel was understaffed. There are several pools, a gym, activities, enter- tainment, and a very nice beach (but watch out for No-See-Ums!). Meals

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