We just booked our trip with Apple Vacations, will stay at Iberostar in Paraiso del Mar in Mexico. The place is well known for the good diving, and Dressel Divers will be our scuba shop. Now, for those that love the vibe of Cancun, it’s far away, about 30 km (20 miles) south of Cancun. We came here for the beach and the diving. Will report on the nighlife when we return.

We checked the feedback on Dressel  Divers in the usual forums, and the sense we got wa that that is solid shop, albeit pricey for Mexico.

Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar

Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar

Reality is that we did not do a lot of price shopping, on the other hand having a dive shop on premise is what made us book the hotel to start with.  Dressels is affiliated with the Iberostar chain, and their headquarters is in Spain. Once you contact them via the website, they are quick to send you a very detailed message with the diving options. From the initial communication, looks like they know what they are doing, and have a very comprehensive set of diving options. I am sharing below the choices they sent us, so you get yourself a sense for the prices and choices.

What we plan to do from these choices?

We will have another excursion to Cozumel in 2017, so will focus our dives on the the Bull Shark Dives and the Cenotes. Cozumel is a full day trip, while the typical dives from the hotel are just 15-20 minute boar ride away, from what I see from other forums.

Our main option is to go for the Shrimp package ($236) and Cenotes ($72), and buy 2-3 extra dives, if needed. 16 dives in five or six days looks like a lot, so most likely will be that Shrimp package and Cenotes transportation. That will allow us to do the Bull Sharks tour (two tanks), the Cenotes (two tanks) and one morning of two tanks. Below you can see how 12 dives map to the schedule – indeed a bit busy.

Diving schedule Iberostar

Diving schedule Iberostar

Message from Dressel Divers below

mexico diving photo

Photo by Cast a Line

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DIVE SITES

Dressel Divers offers you many different dive sites where we can take you to leaving directly from the beach of your hotel.
The dive boats leave twice a day for a single dive and it takes no longer than 10 minutes by boat from the hotel to the dive site. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, we also offer a double tank dive trip if enough divers are interested. (the price of a double tank is that of 2 single dives)
We always try to make the planning in such a manner, that we do not take divers to the same dive site twice. We offer no shore dives.
Besides local dives, we also offer dive trips to the Cenotes caverns and Cozumel Island.

We offer free NITROX fillings for divers that are NITROX certified!

Although very unlikely, please note that DIVE SITES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGES AS WELL AS THE NUMBER OF DIVES PER DAY INDICATED IN THE SCHEDULE

Dive times;

Morning dive:
Meeting time: 08:30
single tank; boat returns 10:30
double tank; boat returns 12:30

Afternoon dive:
meeting time: 1:30 pm

boat returns: 3:15 – 3:30 pm

Dressel Divers at Iberostar Paraiso del Mar - Diving Plan

Dressel Divers at Iberostar Paraiso del Mar – Diving Plan

PRICES
I am glad to inform you that we offer a 20% discount on dives and most snorkel services in case of prepayment!

You do not have to plan your dive dates and times before arrival ;
You plan your diving when you get there with our dive centre staff that will advise you on a schedule that will suit your needs and possible plans for other activities.

Paying before arrival, which offers you the 20% discount, can be done by credit card or bank transfer.
In order to enjoy this discount, your reservation + according payment have to be arranged at least 3 days before your arrival. You can make reservations by email or phone; we will be happy to call you. (Please take into account that our Sales Department at our headquarters in Spain is not open during the weekend)
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Immediately after the prepayment we send you a detailed invoice which will serve as your voucher.
We will then also contact our dive shop to let them know of your arrival and the diving services you paid for.

Enclosed you will find a complete product description and prices. When you let me know about the dive / snorkel services that you are interested in, I will respond by sending you a detailed quotation. 

If you just want to do a couple of dives, you can buy single dives at 59 USD or 47.20 USD when paying before arrival.
The use of equipment is not included.

SINGLE DIVE PACKAGES (prices before discount)
Dressel Divers offers different individual dive packages:
(Only the Family Package can be shared by more divers, all other packages are individual).

  • THE SHRIMP PACKAGE:
    You buy 5 dives and DRESSEL DIVERS CLUB offers you 1 dive free.
    In total 6 dives.                                PRICE USD 295.- >>   236 USD if you pay before arrival
    An additional dive costs 49 USD, or 39.20 USD if you pay before arrival
  • THE DOLPHIN PACKAGE:
    You buy 9 dives and DRESSEL DIVERS offers you 3 dives free.
    In total 12 dives.                              PRICEUSD 531.- >>   424.80 USD if you pay before arrival
    An additional dive costs 44 USD, or 35.20 USD if you pay before arrival
  • THE WHALE PACKAGE:
    You buy 12 dives and DRESSEL DIVERS offers you 6 dives free.
    In total 18 dives.                              PRICE USD 708.->>   566.40 USD if you pay before arrival
    An additional dive costs 39 USD, or 31.20 USD if you pay before arrival
  • THE FAMILY PACKAGE:
    You buy 10 dives and DRESSEL DIVERS offers you 2 dives free.
    In total 12 dives.                              PRICE USD 590.- >>   472 USD if you pay before arrival
    An additional dive costs 49 USD, or 39.20 USD if you pay before arrival
    This is the only package where different divers can share the same package. The other packages are STRICTLY PERSONAL.
  • THE GORILLA PACKAGE:
    For the diver who wants to see it all, DRESSEL DIVERS designed a package that covers all of the best diving in Mexico.
    There are 3 incredibly beautiful diving areas in this zone:
    1. The world famous reefs at COZUMEL.
    2. The 2nd largest uninterrupted reef in the world along the RIVIERA MAYA.
    3. The CENOTES in the Yucatan jungle.This GORILLA PACKAGE offers you all of it!
    1 excursion to the YUCATAN CENOTES including 2 dives (this excursion includes transfers, snack, beverages, entrance fees, use of lamp and Cenotes guide).
    1 excursion to the COZUMEL REEFS including 2 dives (this excursion includes transfers, buffet lunch, beverages).
    1 NIGHT DIVE with the use of lamp and glow stick
    6 DIVES on the marvellous reefs of the MAYAN RIVIERA, leaving from the hotel by boat.Duration: 4 to 5 days
    PRICE  USD 649.-  (519.20 USD if you pay before arrival)
    > an additional dive costs 39 USD before discount / 31.20 USD if you pay before arrival
  • BEST OF MAYAN RIVIERA:

Get the perfect combo of 2 unforgettable excursions and 7 dives! You´ll get to see/experience Mexico’s most diverse and beautiful underwater sceneries with:
1 excursion to the COZUMEL REEFS including 2 dives (this excursion includes transfers, buffet lunch, beverages).
1 excursion to the YUCATAN CENOTES incl 2 dives (this excursion includes transfers, snack, beverages, entrance fees, use of lamp and Cenotes guide).
3 DIVES on the marvellous reefs of the MAYAN RIVIERA, leaving from the hotel by boat.

Duration: 3 to 4 days
PRICE USD 499.- USD / 399, 20 USD if you pay before arrival
> an additional dive costs 46 USD before discount / 36,80 USD if you pay before arrival.

 

For divers that are not Iberostar guests: 534 USD or 427,20 USD if you pay before arrival.

  • CENOTES PLUS PACK:
    2 local dives
    1 excursion to the YUCATAN CENOTES including 2 dives (This excursion includes transfers, snack, beverages, entrance fees, Cenotes guide and use of lamp.)
    PRICE  279  USD or 223.20 USD if you pay before arrival
  • COZUMEL PLUS PACK:
    2 local dives 
    1 excursion to the COZUMEL REEFS including 2 dives (this excursion includes transfers, buffet lunch, beverages)
    PRICE  USD 299  USD or 239.20 USD if you pay before arrival

 

For divers that are not Iberostar guests: 334 USD or 267,20 USD if you pay before arrival.

 

All prices for dives (single dives or packages) include the following: Tank, weight belt, weights, boat and dive guide.
They do not include dive equipment rental , obligatory contribution for the Hyperbaric Chamber of 1 USD per dive nor the Marine Park Entrance Fee  of  2 USD per day for the Cozumel daytrip..

 NITROX DIVE:

We offer free NITROX fillings for divers that are NITROX certified!
In case you are not yet a NITROX diver, the Enriched Air NITROX specialty course costs 175 USD + 45 USD for a PADI P.I.C. that you need for registration with PADI  > a total of 220 USD or 176 USD when paying before arrival.
Diving with enriched air lets you: Stay underwater longer and get back into the water sooner!
Prerequisites: OW diver or equivalent, minimum age 12 years old

 

BULL SHARK DIVE 

When? Several days a week during winter months; November, December, January, February until mid-March.

This dive is part of a two-tank dive trip for which you can use dives from any package. You have to pay 5 USD for a Marine Park Shark Conservation bracelet.

Prerequisites:
 For the bull shark trip you need to be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent, have at least have 20 dives under your belt, and be 12 years or older.
YUCATAN CENOTES EXCURSION (1/2 day, 2 tanks):

 

Be prepared to recover your regulator quickly, because it may fall out of your mouth in astonishment for so much beauty. The breathtaking (Oops!!!) formations in the limestone of these caverns are an exclusive privilege for the lucky few divers to enter the cenotes. Shafts of sunlight penetrate the fresh water, creating pure Magic. Visibility of up to 60 meter/ 200 feet is not uncommon, giving you the impression that you are floating in mid-air!

Many of the most beautiful cenotes have large sections where direct access to the surface is possible, and thus can be enjoyed by most divers with minimum additional training, as long as they are accompanied by a Dressel Divers Cenote Guide. The excursion allows to enjoy 2 single dives.

Duration: Meeting time: 08:15 AM – Meeting point: Diving Center Desk / Return: Around 02.30PM
Takes place: Every day besides Sunday
Price90 USD > 72 USD if you pay before arrival

The 2 dives you do during this trip are not included in the excursion fee ! you use 2 dives out of any package or you buy them separate. 

Includes:
Transportation between your hotel and and Akumal. Entrance fee for 2 different Cenotes. Professional Cavern Diving guide.
Snack and soft drinks. Use of lamp.

Prerequisites:
Open Water or Junior Open Water certification (min. age 12 y.o.) or equivalent. We require that you do a regular dive first.

COZUMEL EXCURSION (full day for both snorkelers and divers):

We are confident that this is going to be one of the highlights of your vacation. The reefs in Cozumel are considered among the TOP 10 in the world. Famous oceanographers as Jacques Cousteau have praised the reefs in Cozumel for their beauty and their health. Names of the reefs like PALANCAR, CHANCANAAB and SANTA ROSA will be on your mind for the rest of your life.

With Dressel Divers you will enjoy a great time!
We guarantee you that you will love this Island and its amazing reefs.

If you are certified to do so, you can dive NITROX EAN 32 for free.

This full day trip takes place: Daily except Sunday.

Price:
110 USD for both snorkelers and divers or 88 USD when you pay before arrival. (Dives not included. If you are a diver, you pay the excursion fee and use dives from your package).

For divers/snorkelers that are not Iberostar guests: 145 USD or 116 USD if you pay before arrival.

Includes:
Transport from your hotel to and from the Ferry dock at Playa Del Carmen.
Return ferry ticket from Playa Del Carmen to San Miguel, Cozumel.
Transportation to/from our Cozumel dive centre.
Dive boat and crew for 2 dives or 2 snorkel trips.
Beverages and a buffet lunch at the Iberostar Cozumel.
Professional dive and snorkel guides.

Prerequisites: For Snorkelers: None. For Divers: Certified Diver or equivalent, OR Dressel Divers student, according to the place in the course.

WHALE SHARK EXCURSION

These impressive creatures are only there during a couple of months a year. We offer this trip from May until app mid September..

 

–       Pick up Iberostar Paraiso: 7:30 AM

–       Arrival at Punta Sam (Cancún) and departure from dock at 8:15-8:30

–       Boat ride to the site where we encounter the whale sharks; app 1 hour

–       We follow the whale sharks for 2-3 hours and if possible, we snorkel with them.

–       Snorkelling from a reef near Isla Mujeres

–       We eat shrimp ceviche on board near Playa Norte (Isla Mujeres)

–       Return between 14:00-15:00

During the trip we offer sandwiches, shrimp ceviche, soft drinks and beer.

If it is possible to snorkel, we take turns in snorkelling with the sharks, since only 2 snorkelers + guide are allowed in the water at the same time.

Only biodegradable sunscreen is allowed.

This trip is offered on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Other days available upon request.

Price
220 USD or 176 USD if you pay before arrival

PRIVATE DIVES:

 

For those who wants to enjoy their dives to the maximum on their own.
Conditions and prerequisites are the same as for the single dives.

Price: 177 USD per single dive without equipment rental and 195 USD per dive with equipment rental > 20% prepayment discount also applies!

 

What we plan to do?

We will have another excursion to Cozumel in 2017, so will do the Bull Shark Dives and the Cenotes.

That way, our cost 72 for the cenotes, plus the Dolphin package (424) for 12 dives.  Of the 12 dives, we will use 2 for cenotes, 2 for the bull sharks, which will leave us with another 8 dives on the resort.

Another options is to go for the Shrimp package ($236) and Cenotes ($72), and buy 2-3 extra dives, if needed.

 

YUCATAN CENOTES EXCURSION (1/2 day, 2 tanks):
Be prepared to recover your regulator quickly, because it may fall out of your mouth in astonishment for so much beauty. The breathtaking (Oops!!!) formations in the limestone of these caverns are an exclusive privilege for the lucky few divers to enter the cenotes. Shafts of sunlight penetrate the fresh water, creating pure Magic. Visibility of up to 60 meter/ 200 feet is not uncommon, giving you the impression that you are floating in mid-air!

Many of the most beautiful cenotes have large sections where direct access to the surface is possible, and thus can be enjoyed by most divers with minimum additional training, as long as they are accompanied by a Dressel Divers Cenote Guide. The excursion allows to enjoy 2 single dives.

Duration: Meeting time: 08:15 AM – Meeting point: Diving Center Desk / Return: Around 02.30PM
Takes place: Every day besides Sunday
Price90 USD > 72 USD if you pay before arrival

The 2 dives you do during this trip are not included in the excursion fee ! you use 2 dives out of any package or you buy them separate. 

Includes:
Transportation between your hotel and and Akumal. Entrance fee for 2 different Cenotes. Professional Cavern Diving guide.
Snack and soft drinks. Use of lamp.

Prerequisites:
Open Water or Junior Open Water certification (min. age 12 y.o.) or equivalent. We require that you do a regular dive first.
BULL SHARK DIVE 

When? Several days a week during winter months; November, December, January, February until mid-March.

This dive is part of a two-tank dive trip for which you can use dives from any package. You have to pay 5 USD for a Marine Park Shark Conservation bracelet.

Prerequisites:
 For the bull shark trip you need to be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent, have at least have 20 dives under your belt, and be 12 years or older.