Description of Tour:
Dive the world's second largest coral formation in the most
beautiful waters the Mexican Caribbean has to offer. Spend two
45 minute dives exploring the reef between 45 and 80 feet in
groups of six or less.
Tour includes: two 45 minute dives, all equipment and boat ride.
Not included: Transfer to and from the Cancun Marina, $2.00 USD
per person park entrance fee, meals, drinks, and tips.
Pick-up location: Transportation from hotel is not provided
Drop-off location: Transportation from hotel is not provided
Tour Pick-up time: Tour departs from Cancun Marina at 10:00 a.m.
Duration of Tour: 4 hours
Hours of Operation: Operates Monday through Saturday, except
December 25 and January 1
Reservations are recommended at least 24 hours in advance.
Clients must see their Lomas Travel Representative at their hotel
to receive a voucher and all of the necessary details of their tour.
Once customers have received a voucher from Lomas Travel for
this tour, the tour is non-refundable.
Other information: Clients cannot dive 24 hours after or before
flying. Clients must be certified divers.
Cozumel is home to the Palancar Reef, the second
largest reef in the world. Because it offers a range
of locations from groove reefs to steep walls it's
appropriate to all experience levels.
Not PADI certified yet? Many of Cozumel's hotels
such as Allegro, Iberostar, or Occidental Grand offer
free during stay diving instruction.
Belize is rightly considered one of the top scuba diving and
snorkeling destinations on the planet. The Belize Barrier Reef,
second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, runs the length of its
coastline, and the country has three open-ocean atolls. Diving and
snorkeling are superb all along the barrier reef; the following are just
a few of the truly standout sites and dives.
•Shark-Ray Alley & Hol Chan Marine Reserve (Northern Cayes and
Atolls): These two very popular snorkeling sites are threatened with
overcrowding but still live up to their billing. Shark-Ray Alley
guarantees a very close encounter with schools of large stingrays
and nurse sharks. The experience provides a substantial adrenaline
rush for all but the most nonchalant and veteran divers. Hol Chan
Marine Reserve is an excellent snorkeling destination comprised of
a narrow channel cutting through a rich and well-maintained shallow
•Caye Caulker (Northern Cayes and Atolls): If you're looking for a
relaxed vacation spot to serve as a base for some good snorkeling,
you can't do much better than Caye Caulker, which has some
excellent and easily accessible snorkeling sites. It's also much less
developed and less crowded than its more popular neighbor,
Ambergris Caye. Many of the dive sites are a very short boat ride
•Turneffe Island & Lighthouse Reef Atolls (Northern Cayes and
Atolls): For many divers coming to Belize, these spots are the holy
grail, and justifiably so. Both of these mid-ocean atoll formations
feature nearly endless opportunities for world-class wall, drift, and
coral-garden diving. As a cherry to top this cake, this is also where
you'll find the Blue Hole. A host of dive operators all across Belize
offer day trips to dive these sites, although these usually involve a
90-minute to 3-hour ride each way. Alternatively, you can stay at
one of the very few lodges out here, or take a vacation on a live-
aboard dive boat.
•Glover's Reef Atoll (Southern Belize): Glover's Reef is the third of
Belize's mid-ocean atolls. The diving here is spectacular and
underexploited. Unlike the Turneffe Island and Lighthouse Reef
atolls, far fewer day-trippers visit the dive sites around Glover's Reef
Atoll. The best way to really take advantage of the diving and
snorkeling is to stay out here, and for this, Glover's Atoll Resort (tel.
520-5016; www.glovers.com.bz) is your best option.
•Gladden Spit (Southern Belize): More or less due east of Placencia,
Gladden Spit is a world-renowned spot for diving with massive whale
sharks. This mid-ocean site is the natural spawning ground for a
variety of marine species. Whale sharks come regularly to feed on
the energetically rich and very plentiful reproductive effluence.
Whale-shark sightings are fairly common here from late March
through June, and to a lesser extent from August to October and in
December and January. Since the sharks tend to feed and cruise
close to the surface, snorkelers and divers alike can enjoy the