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July 31, 2008

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Adventure with Nature

The cool crisp air fills your nostrils as you don your scuba gear. The dive master completes a roll call and provides insight into what you can expect below. “The anchor is in 70 feet of water. To the east about 20 yards is a vast kelp bed. . . ” With the brief over, it your turn to giant stride into the water.

The warm Caribbean Sea, cool Pacific Ocean, or the waters of the Red Sea trickles down your back as your wet-suit reminds you to zip it up the last inch. A quick “okay” signal to the dive master and you begin your descent. At 10 feet your surroundings look deep and blue. As your eyes adjust the ocean floor is even more spectacular than your dive master described. Then, out of the corner of your right eye, something darts quickly behind a clump of kelp. Okay, it’s cool. It’s a sea lion playing with your bubbles. You chuckle as you equalize – this is only the first dive! Truly amazing experience.

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  6. Navy Pier, Australia
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  8. Big Brother, Egyptian Red Sea
  9. Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
  10. Elphinstone Reef, Egyptian Red Sea
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The ­Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa and Sand Dollar Sports invites our diver clients to join them at Octoberfest 2008. The annual event gives divers the chance to explore Cozumel‘s reefs and marine life while enjoying a number of activities, including tours, shows, parties and contests each evening.

This year’s Octoberfest celebration will take place in Cozumel from October 4-11. Created in 2003 by Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa (formerly the Reef Club) and Sand Dollar Sports as an end of year dive celebration, Octoberfest takes place annually and provides an opportunity for divers to discover Cozumel’s underwater scene.

Dive packages available from every major USA gateway to Cozumel. Connecting flights from your hometown to a gateway city can be easily arranged .

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SCUBA DIVING COZUMEL

Diving in Cozumel, Mexico - Cozumel is known in the dive industry as one of the best dive locations in the world.Cozumel is known in the dive industry as one of the best dive locations in the world. Cozumel is the Mexican Caribbean’s largest island, just 12 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Cozumel is 28 miles / 9 meters long and 10 miles / 2 meters wide. Located near Cancun; it is a famous destination for divers and non divers alike, as even after decades as a popular vacation resort, it remains a serene, quiet and undiscovered piece of paradise. The climate is subtropical.

Most of the diving and snorkeling activity on Cozumel is focused on the reefs and shallow coral formations that extend from the southern tip of the island to just south of San Miguel on the west coast. All of the Cozumel beaches are protected and extend from the ferry pier in downtown San Miguel to the southern tip of the island, many of which are protected as part of an underwater national park. Fishing is not allowed in this area. However, you can book a deep sea fishing excursion with many opertaors on the island.

There are two main reef systems surrounding Cozumel, Colombia and Palancar reefs. Easilt accessible with plateaus beginning in less than 30 feet / 9 meters of water, Cozumel reefs boast abundant underwater sea life and brilliant colors. At Chankanaab Lagoon, one of the most visited sites on the island, divers and snorkelers can observe small coral and limestone formations at 6 to 30 feet / 2 to 9 meters.

Cozumel, known to the Maya as Island of the Swallows is located off the eastern coast of Mexico ‘s Yucatán Peninsula , opposite Playa del Carmen . It is one of the eight municipalities ( municipios ) of the state of Quintana Roo . Cozumel is a popular tourist destination renowned for its scuba diving . The main town on the island is San Miguel .

The island is about 48 km (30 miles) north-south and 16 km (10 miles) east-west, and is the largest island of Mexico. It is about 20 km (12 miles) from the mainland, and some 60 km (36 miles) south of Cancún . Nearly everybody in Cozumel lives in the town of San Miguel (pop. est. 90,000 in 2003 ), which is on the western shore. The rest of the island is low, flat, and densely vegetated.

HISTORY OF COZUMEL, MEXICO

Diving in Cozumel, Mexico - Cozumel is known in the dive industry as one of the best dive locations in the world.Pronounced Co·zu·mel (kō zu-mĕl), the first Maya settled in Cozumel over 2,000 years ago. The island derives its name from the Mayan words Cuzam (swallow) and Lumil (land of), which formed the word Cuzamil (land of swallows). The word changed over time to the current spelling, Cozumel.

During the period between 300 and 900 A.D., Cozumel became an important sanctuary in the Yucatan region. At that time, priests were very high up in the social classes, which propogated religious ceremonies. Mayan women from all over the Yucatán Peninsula and beyond made pilgrimages here to pay tribute to Ixchel, the goddess of fertility and the moon. There was a temple erected in her honor at San Gervasio, near the centre of the island.

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