Cozumel with Aqua Spirit Dive Expeditions

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Cozumel is an island in the Caribbean Sea off the Eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It is a colorful island with a very interesting history. The Maya are believed to have first settled Cozumel by the early part of the 1st millennium AD. A great day trip includes visiting the old Mayan’s ruins and stepping into a small piece of history.

Many visitors rent a car and drive around the island, stopping for a Margarita on beautiful deserted beaches along the way, with white sand and turquoise water. You can also visit a small and magical village called ‘Tan Kah’, which was built over a 100 years ago and walk through a little piece of heaven.
The people on the island are very friendly and helpful and they will make Cozumel feel like home, above and below the water.

The Best Dive Sites

Palancar Reef::

Palancar is divided into several dive sites (Gardens, Horseshoe, Caves, Bricks) and in each one you can find huge, spectacular coral formations and diverse marine life. This dive is suitable for all level divers, you can dive on the top of the reef in the shallow
part or you can dive deep on the wall. In Plancar Gardens and Caves you can go through beautiful sweemthrougs and meet all kind of amazing animals like turtles and urge lobsters and a lot of Parrot fish.
Other notable dive sites are Cedral where you can find larger animals thanks to the stronger currents, usually you will meet some Nurse Sharks.

Paradise Reef:

A 12m (40ft) shallow dive site. When you enter Paradise Reef, you feel as if you just stepped into a scene from The Little Mermaid with plenty of diverse Corals, Sponges, Sea Fans, Star Corals and many more. This is a double reef site, with a northern reef and southern reef with a sandy patch in between. A great place for macro photography with great visibility, little or no current, plenty of little critters and many colorful fish.

Punta Sur:

The most southern point of the Island. This dive site is characterized by strong currents and fit for advanced divers. The dive is done across walls and features a vast system of caves and caverns. The most famous area is called Devil’s Throat, a system of caverns which opens up to an underwater chamber with 4 passages, all of them connected and abundant with marine life. Access to this area is subject to approval by the dive shop and includes an additional fee.

Santa Rosa:

A diverse dive site, ranging between 10-30m (33-100 ft.). On the shallow end you can see to flat top part of the reef, with lots of underwater vegetation and colorful corals. The deeper end is a magnificent wall dive where you can spot giant Barracudas and Groupers, Hermit Crabs, Goby’s and Blenny’s appearing out of every crevice. All in all a hypnotic and colorful experience!

If you find yourself with a new UW housing for your camera, or maybe an old set that is just to much to handle, or even if you want to brush up your underwater photography skills this is the workshop for you!

A lot of our costumers fly out to Cozumel for short and long diving trips, it’s pretty easy to get there from the US and Canada and the diving is spectacular! If you have plans to dive in Cozumel and you need professional help with underwater photography, we have 2 great workshops planed for you guided by our Photo Expert – Ran Mor!

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Workshops options:

  • One Day Private workshop – $299 USD
  • Two Days workshop – $349 USD (Subject to minimum participant)
  • See full itinerary in itinerary tabs – Flexible according to the participants needs.

What will we learn during the workshops?

  • Basic Introduction to underwater photography.
  • Different types of cameras and gear comparison.
  • Understand camera settings and how to adjust them for different types of shots (Shutter speed, aperture, ISO etc.)
  • Types of underwater lighting.
    Proper use and positioning of UW strobes.
  • Wide angle photography.
  • Frame composition.
  • Shooting RAW – Why and how.
  • Post processing – Editing your images to get the most out of them (Mostly using Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Camera RAW). General pointers will be given for working with free software as well.
  • Shooting macro subjects, how to spot them, focusing techiniques, using close-up lenses.
  • Lenses – For DSLR / Mirrorless shooters and wet lenses for compact shooters.

Day 1

  • 2 Theory Classes.
  • Shore dive at Takila beach – Includes Tanks and weights.
  • Photo review.

Day 2

  • Theory Class.
  • 2 Shore dives at Takila beach and Money Bar Beach – Includes Tanks and weights.
  • Photo review.

$349.00 per person.

Learn more at http://aquaspiritdive.com/tour-category/cozumel/

 

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As partners of “Mozaik UW Cameras” and “UnderwaterPhotography.com“, we at Aqua Spirit have years of experience in the diving and underwater photography industry. We also work closely with Fly & Sea, an IATA accredited full service Travel Agency since 1988, who handle our bookings and make sure everything runs like clockwork throughout the entire trip.

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