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I don't want to bring that debate here, since it's already going on in another thread, but let me just say that in my opinion the roads in Cozumel are much better than many of the other places I've been in the Caribbean. Actually, even a good bit better than many places in the U.S.It sounds like if you like scooters avoid Cozumel.
Also, I will add that Isla Saona in the southern Bayahibe area was one of the most spectacular beaches I have seen anywhere on the planet. My avatar is a pic from that area. It was almost like a movie set...hard to describe unless you have been there. I will be back!I did Divemaster in Bayahibe in 2019, they take tourist to the closest dive sites over the best sites to save on fuel cost. Its best to request the shop go to a specific area. The better diving is near Catalina Island but it's a little further boat ride. The normal dives are not impressive at all. The town of Bayahibe is very cool, friendly people and pretty safe. No need for a car to explore.
In the topic of the OP, I myself would put cruise ship diving firmly in the list that was being requested.May I suggest going a a cruise in the Caribbean. …..Been there, done that.
In the topic of the OP, I myself would put cruise ship diving firmly in the list that was being requested.
For a travel industry writing project, I acted as DM for several cruise ship diver port visits, at three popular Caribbean destinations. In short, it was not pretty, YMMV @mac66 , I get it!
(this goes back to the day when I actually was allowed to conduct a Discover Scuba type intro in the ship’s pool between ports. I have had a glimpse of an experience from the pro level vantage point. The real instructional crew convinced me that they’d generally disliked their roles, but that is endemic to most all ship staff, plus they knew they were dumping on a writer who was buying them beer, so there’s that.)
I also did two cruises posing as a ‘tourist agency’ FAM traveler, doing the ship’s pool intro and also diving at every port, my buddy & me swapping renting all gear and/or switching-off appearing at the dock in BPW, Poseidon reg sets, all that DIR black hondo stuff, various types of c-cards…. Same treatment. We don’t know you, all we know for sure is that you’re from the ship, thus- you are a great liability.
Most cruise ship divers that visit any given island do believe that they have a solid take on the overall diving there. If it rained? The weather there sucks.
Many Cruise Ship visitors experience diving at an island and use that 6 hours as a meter for deciding upon subsequent week-long visits. If one truly understands how cruise ship divers are treated by 99% of local dive ops, it would upset their math (and tummies).
Avoiding the ship’s excursion desk package offerings to find “better diving” or to miss the ill-defined “Cattle Boat”? It’s an illusion. You’re going to get the same exact “we do not trust you” treatment. Period. (and that ‘we’ll hold the ship’ b.s. is just that)
Cruise ship visits have a lot of great positives, none of which are related to diving other than that diving is the best shore excursion option other than the usual drivel. Most such divers arrive (nervously) without a buddy, so I have found, escaping their SO to find amusement (and sometimes peace & quiet) with other excursion offerings.
Been there, done that…
but, did you buy the T-shirt?
This applies to most any Caribbean island that has reached ‘cruise port status’.I personally would avoid Roatan.....not at all because of the quality of diving, but because of the horrendous…
As an interesting aside, some years back in another thread it was pointed out that, comparing Roatan and Bonaire, Roatan is a destination where people tend to 'stay on the reservation' more so, as opposed to heading out in a rental truck and driving around the whole island, as someone on their first Bonaire trip might do.not at all because of the quality of diving, but because of the horrendous conditions when not insulated in one of the resorts
A number of places have a 'red light' district, or similar area of ill repute. Some years back someone condemned Sabang in the Philippines based on what he saw there, yet Puerto Galera remains a popular destination. Despite what I posted above, Belize is a popular dive destination - but don't wander Belize City at night. St. Thomas is popular for cruisers...but I read things years ago from a resident's perspective that were scary! Divers love the island of Cozumel! Even Bonaire has reports of break-ins at accommodations.But just take a trip into Coxen Hole to see the truth. You will see the filth and crime and crimes against animals and people that is totally hidden from the tourists. If you want to be murdered for your Iphone or your Rolex..... then just take an evening stroll into Coxen Hole.