I did not scuba dived for six years and on the cruise ship they had one referesher class held on the evening of boarding.
Rule 1 - check if there is a refresher and when the minute you board. I waited for the next morning and missed it.
So I did not want to go with the cruise options (Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean)
Once we got to Cuzumel I was happy to find at the end of the doc right off the boat a store for
Dive with Martin. Because you don't wan to waste time we got on their boat in 20 minutes. They offered to give all of us (me and two sons 11 and 14) 2 shallow intro dives (which was my refresher) and then a deep dive for me for $115 per person which is a very fair price.
The good news is when you go with the Cruise ship scuba trip, they take to a pier very close to the ship and you are scubadiving where others are snorkling. We got on a speed boat and rode all the way to Palancar reserve where the scuba is much better and we had one amazing guide Ruben Perez who is a 3 time Cozumel Iron Man finisher. This guy is great and the cptain of the boat was super professional.
On the way to the dive spot Ruben explained to the boys the basics of diving and was great with them. we were back on the international dock in a few hours and took a taxi to San Gervasio, Mayan ruins. The list price is $75 or so, we haggled a bit and got a great guy to take us there for $50. entrance cost there is approx $16 but your pay $8 dollars twice I think one is to the Mexican Government and once to the village or ??? we got a guide for $20 who was funny and easy going. San Gervasio is the most advanced Mayan ruins on Cozumel but still there is not amazing temples to look at. Just a few houses and paved roads.
Bring water and hats.
Stay on path, there are snakes all around you.
We made it on time to the boat (you want to be early). There are traffic jams on the back and the captain is not going to wait for you. we even stopped on the way back to have tacos in a taco stand which are nothing like the ones sold in Taco Bell.
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