If you’re looking for memorable diving experience in Cozumel, Mexico, then lose your sandals and head to Barefoot Dive Center. Omer, the owner, is one of the funniest, most friendly people in town, and his enthusiasm for life and diving is contagious. Even though he was opening a second location in Playa del Carmen the following Monday, and couldn’t have been busier, he still made time to welcome new friends and to take some hilarious subway handle photos.
Lana, an Austrailan diver with a big smile, made the paperwork and logistics painless, and paired us with master diver Matias, for excellent experiences beneath the water. Everyone at Barefoot treated us like family and friends, and we can’t wait to dive with them in the future.
Our first stop was the vibrant reef at Palancar Gardens. We spoke with several divers who were disappointed with the decay of Australia’s Great Barrier reef, so it’s encouraging to see that this reef is full of colorful life and energy. The divers at Barefoot are protective of the reefs and advise against using non-biodegradable sunscreens and touching anything.
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