September Certification Weekend in Cozumel

      San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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      Sep 23 - 27, 2023
      Group size: 7 - 21
      September Certification Weekend in Cozumel
      San Miguel de Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico

      Blue Planet Scuba
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      Sep 23 - 27, 2023
      Group size: 7 - 21

      About this trip

      Escape the city and join Blue Planet for a long weekend of diving in Cozumel! The island offers big reefs, warm water, great viz and a guaranteed good time. Complete your eLearning at home and then jet off to Mexico to finish your pool work and certification dives in the clear waters of the Caribbean. Our instructors will be with you every step of the way! Certified divers are welcome too. Stick around afterwards and explore the beautiful cenotes with us!


      Cozumel

      Cozumel is one of the most popular dive destinations in the Caribbean. With world-class drift diving and abundant marine life, beginners and advanced divers alike will delight in the underwater exploration with our expert dive guide. The choice of activities are boundless in Cozumel: golden beaches, turquoise waters, friendly people, festivals, scattered Mayan ruins, great restaurants, a myriad of stores, diving, golfing, romance, and a whole new world where everybody has a place under the sun. But the diving takes center stage...


      The Diving


      Minimum dive certification/experience:  Perfect for beginners. A great spot to complete your Open Water Diver certification, Advanced Open Water Diver and more. 


      Most dive sites are found within the boundaries of the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, which protects 29,000 acres of the Meso-American reef system – the second largest barrier reef system in the world. Created in 1996, the park is home to some 26 types of corals with more than 100 subspecies and more than 500 fish species, including the endemic splendid toadfish. Divers often encounter sea turtles, sharks, moray eels and other critters while drift diving on the currents Cozumel is famous for.


      Cozumel Hotel & Resort

      Cozumel Hotel & Resort is an all-inclusive resort perfectly set up for divers. It's a short walk from downtown Cozumel and right on the water front. With 3 restaurants on site plus a beach club, a huge pool and jacuzzi as well as dive lockers, rinse tanks, shore diving and a private pier, it's the perfect place for a quick dive getaway. 


      We've reserved Standard rooms furnished with either one king size bed or two double beds, a private balcony or terrace, flat screen TV, a direct dial telephone, radio/alarm-clock, safety deposit box, iron, and ironing board. All bathrooms are marble finish with shower and bathtub, hairdryer and toiletries.


      Travel

      Round-trip flights to Cozumel are around $500 and go up from there. You can also fly into Cancun and either take a local flight to Cozumel on Maya Air OR take the ferry to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen. You should plan to arrive at Hotel Cozumel on September 23rd. If you get in early, you can get a shore dive in at the hotel! When leaving, choose any flight that leaves after 1 PM on the 27th. Please contact the shop before booking your flights. 


      Interested in extending your trip? Let us know! 

      Cancellation Policy

      Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee of $250 and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


      Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

      What’s included

      • 4 nights accommodations
        Single or shared rooms available.
      • All meals
        Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
      • 6 boat dives
        See packages below for Open Water Diver students and certified divers.

      What’s not included

      • Flights
        International flights to Cozumel or Cancun.
      • Scuba equipment
        Only tanks and weights included. Rental gear available
      • Marine Park Fee
        $5 USD per day to be paid to the dive shop in cash
      • Airport transfers
        The hotel is a short taxi ride away from the airport.
      • Tips
        Tips for the boat's excellent crew and your instructors.
      • Dive Insurance
        Open Water Students will be covered for their training dives under DAN, but all other divers need to have their own policy.
      • Travel Insurance
        More important these days than ever! We cannot recommend having dive specific travel insurance highly enough!
      • PADI eLearning
        You must complete the eLearning prior to any in-water training. Please select Blue Planet LLC as the associated shop.

      Available Packages

      Certified Diver, Double Occ.

      *ONE MALE SHARE LEFT* Includes 3 days of 2-tank morning boat dives. 


      Double occupancy in a Standard room with two double beds, bathroom, air conditioning, television, etc. Bringing a non-diving companion? Or someone who is already certified? Contact us for pricing! 

      $915
      Deposit: $500
      Certified Diver, Single Occ.

      Includes 3 days of 2-tank morning boat dives.  


      Single occupancy in a Standard room with one king bed, bathroom, air conditioning, television, etc.  

      $1,140
      Deposit: $500
      Open Water Diver Student, Double Occ.

       *ONE MALE SHARE LEFT* Includes 5 confined water dives and 4 open water shore dives for the Open Water Diver certification, plus a 2-tank boat dive. Also includes use of rental BCDs, regulators, dive computers and wetsuits. Students must have their own mask, fins, dive booties and snorkel.


      Double occupancy in a Standard room with two double beds, bathroom, air conditioning, television, etc. Bringing a non-diving companion? Or someone who is already certified? Contact us for pricing!

      $1,115
      Deposit: $500
      Open Water Diver student, Single Occ.

      Includes 5 confined water dives and 4 open water shore dives for the Open Water Diver certification, plus a 2-tank boat dive. Also includes use of rental BCDs, regulators, dive computers and wetsuits. Students must have their own mask, fins, dive booties and snorkel.


      Single occupancy in a Standard room with one king bed, bathroom, air conditioning, television, etc. 

      $1,340
      Deposit: $500

      Available options



      Itinerary

      Saturday
      Arrival in Cozumel

      Arrive in Cozumel and check in at Hotel Cozumel Check in with the dive shop and jump in for a shake-out dive right off shore! 

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      Reviews

      The weather in Cozumel was lovely. The scuba instructor, Andrea Williams, was exceptional. The resort was tailored more to local families and tourists who appreciate that level of comfort.
      By Adrienne W for March Certification Weekend in Cozumel on Apr 05, 2024
      Thank you, Adrienne! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the trip. We hope to see you on another dive adventure soon!
      By Blue Planet Scuba on Apr 13, 2024
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      Heather & Jonas were excellent trip leaders making sure everyone was well taken care of. The Galapagos Aggressor had a super crew and the diving was challenging and stunning! We saw hammerheads, penguins, seals, sea lions & dolphins! I really appreciated the personal touches like our matching jackets and a cake for my birthday. I would highly recommend this trip.
      By Catherine W for Explore the Galapagos on Mar 02, 2024
      Thanks, Catherine! What better way to celebrate your birthday?!? We're so glad you enjoyed the trip and let us share experiencing this special destination with you. Looking forward to the next one!
      By Blue Planet Scuba on Apr 13, 2024
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      This review is belated, I know... ...But that only means I took **serious*** consideration into reviewing my experience with Blue Planet DC, and ranking them very highly. Its been almost a year since I was OW Certified with Blue Planet in Cozumel - my training during that trip was thorough enough to provide me with a solid foundation to continue scuba diving afterwards many, many times. The trip itinerary, accommodations, and overall pacing of the scuba lessons were incredibly well organized. The instructors were patient and attentive - at various times I was provided specific one-on-one, actionable feedback regarding things like my trim or my breathing rhythm impacting my buoyancy and what I could do to improve my technique. They made sure we knew our stuff before letting us loose into the ocean, and during our checkout dives they stayed closeby and kept a watchful eye on us, so I felt more at ease and safe. (Even with the drift moving us around!) My main priority for this trip was to learn how to scuba, but that said, there were opportunities at Cozumel to (after the day's lessons are done) be a tourist and explore the area. The resort itself is a very beautiful spot with relaxing, open air dining, lounge, and balcony areas as well as a fantastic view of the ocean horizon. I also really appreciated that lodging AND meals were included in this travel package - it saved me the trouble of having to figure that out on my own, which made a big difference by freeing up more time after each full day of lessons to just relax and chill. I know each trip is always different of course in terms of other group trip attendees you may end up with, so of course this can just be sheer dumb luck, but everyone else on this trip was chill. Even the more seasoned divers who were already certified and doing this for years were friendly and happy to drop useful advice or recount from their personal experiences how it was like them becoming certified the first time. The time I did this it was "drift diving" and of course that scared me a ton. But the PADI material that is mandatory to study goes over what drift diving is. When doing my checkout dive the drift didn't like, wash me away from the group dive route. You'll be under instructor supervision so people are keeping an eye on you, and the drift itself is mild - I didn't have to struggle against the current (if you've ever surfed, you'll see that this isn't at all like a riptide or undertow). If anything, managing your buoyancy will end up your primary concern or worry during the checkout dive. Hope this review helps anyone considering who to go with for getting certified on their first ever scuba trip! I'm very glad I went with Blue Planet.
      By M T for March Certification Weekend in Cozumel on Feb 19, 2024
      Thank you so much, M! We are so happy you joined us on the trip and started your dive adventures with us! We look forward to many more!
      By Blue Planet Scuba on Apr 13, 2024
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      This was my first liveaboard! 🛥️ Anthony was a fantastic trip leader and teacher, as always! The Aquacat crew was fun, the food was delicious and the diving and excursions were great! I would definitely recommend this trip with Blue Planet, especially as a first liveaboard experience! I had a good time learning about sharks, too! 🦈
      By Elsbeth M for Ring in 2024 on a Liveaboard in the Bahamas! on Jan 15, 2024
      Thanks for joining on another amazing trip! Hopefully we will be on another fun trip in sharky waters soon.
      By Anthony White on Jan 17, 2024
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      This was my first trip with Blue Planet and my first liveaboard - both were a great experience! The communication and prep from Blue Planet was excellent (pre-trip meeting was really helpful, paperwork was clear and organized). My husband and I are new divers and Anthony (trip lead from Blue Planet) was an invaluable resource - we learned a lot during the dives and felt safe with him looking out for us. The liveaboard itself was amazing. The bed was comfortable, the food was amazing, the staff were wonderful. This was one of the best trips of my life - it's going to be hard to top with the bar now set so high!
      By Rachel L for Ring in 2024 on a Liveaboard in the Bahamas! on Jan 08, 2024
      Thank you so much, Rachel! I am glad you and Ben had such a good time on the trip. You were both great divers, and I can't wait to see you on more of our trips. I look forward to diving with you some more!
      By Anthony White on Jan 13, 2024
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