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Cozumel Interrupted November 2, 2008

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Dive Log.
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I’d heard a lot about Cozumel as a great dive location. Jacques Cousteau had publicized it as one of the best diving locations in the world. I’d never travelled to the Caribbean with diving as one of the main priorities. Up to this point, it had always been an opportunistic add-on to a vacation we’d chosen for other reasons – although the availability of Scuba on a resort had always been noted in our planning.

So for our planned vacation in November 2005, my wife and I agreed on Cozumel, and we booked a 7 day all-inclusive (not including diving) vacation on Air Canada Vacations. I also made contact with a dive operator, Blue XT Sea Diving, to book my diving, which included being picked up at the hotel dock on one of their boats.

Unfortunately, 2005 was the year of the hurricane in the Caribbean. Cozumel had been hit by Emily, a Category 4 Hurricane, earlier in the year but was OK, but then came Hurricane Wilma, a category 5 hurricane directly hit the unfortunate island. I clearly remember watching the reports come in on CNN, with a stunning satellite image of Wilma directly over the island.

Not long afterwards our travel agent got in touch with us and said that all flights were cancelled until December, so we were out of luck. So we searched through the catalogue and decided on Turks and Caicos. This vacation wasn’t all-inclusive and was priced about the same, so it raised the cost a bit, but it was that or stay home.

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