Dive Adventure Mexico: Riviera Maya & Cenotes of Yucatan

Dive Expedition to the famous Riviera Maya & the Cenotes of  Yucatan - incl. Marine Biology Program (05.-20.10.2019)

Itinerary Details

Dive Expedition to the spectacular Drop Offs of Cozumel, the famous Wrecks and colourful Coral Gardens of the Riviera Maya and the Cenotes of Yucatan!

Our guests voted and decided for the itinerary of this years Dive Expedition: fabulous Mexico!

We will bring you directly from the airport to the ferry to worldknown Island of Cozumel. Staying at 4**** Allegro Cozumel Resort located alonag white sandy beaches under Palm trees, it is the perfect start for a very special diving holiday. Cozumel is famous for its spectacular Drop Offs and colourful coral gardens where we will discover the underwater world during the next 5 days.

Afterwards, and back on main land, we start our 2-days Mini-Roundtrip through Yucatan peninsula to discover the most famous prehistoric sites of the Maya culture and explore the multi-coloured cities of the spanish colonial era.

Back to the shore our new place of stay is the comfortable 4 ****Allegro Playacar Resort in Playa del Carmen. The next two days we will dive at the legendary wrecks and lively coral gardens of the Riviera Maya.

The best for last: diving in the terrific Cenotes! Dive into the magical world of stalactites and stalagmites.  Millenia-old root formations meander into the sacred underworld of the Maya. The mystical underwater world will take us too!

Furthermore to this special diving programm you will learn in daily diverting seminars about the amazing underwater world and their exciting inhabitants. Well known Marine Biologist Constanze Conrad will guarantee with her famous entertaining marine biology lectures, that this tour will become once again a unique experience and trip of a lifetime!

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Trip Itinerary:

05.10.2019

  • Flight to Cancun Airport

05.10. - 12.10.2019

  • 8 days/ 7 nights at 4**** Resort Allegro Cozumel at Cozumel
  • 5 days / 10 dives at the spectacular Drop Offs and colourful coral gardens of Cozumel
  • daily entertaining Marine Biology seminars (have a closer look at panel => Marine Biology Program)

12.10. - 13.10.2019

  • 2 days/ 1 nights Mini Yucatan Roundtrip  to the most famous prehistoric sites of the Maya culture and the colonial cities of the spanish conquerer

13.10. - 19.10.2019

  • 7 days / 6 nights at 4 **** Resort Allegro Playacar in Playa del Carmen
  • 2 days / 4 dives at the famous wrecks and amazing reefs of the Riviera Maya
  • daily entertaining Marine Biology seminars (have a closer look at panel => Marine Biology Program)
  • 2 days/ 4 dives in teh magical Cenotes of Yucatan
  • presentation about the formation and biology of the Cenotes

19.-20.10.2019

  • Departure and Arrival back home


By participating in the Marine Biology program you fullfilled the requirements for being certified in the Specialty Course "Marine Biology"!
Additional certification fees of €35,-- to be paid on the spot. 

Free of charge included in this years special dive adventure is an entertaining marine biology programme. Under the headline of "Eco-Systems" you will learn more about the fragile eco-system of coral reefs, about artificial reefs and the magical Cenotes, one of Mexico`s diving highlights.
Here are some of the interesting seminar subjects: „The UW Guiness Book of Records“, „Fishes in Pajamas and a Firework“, „About Scyscrapers and little room mates“, „Nitrogen Narcosis and Decompression sickness - marine Mammals and their special strategies“, „Sponges, Corals and other Invertebrates“ and many more.
Another important subject will be also "Environmentally friendly diving" and "Threads and Protection of coral reefs".
During the diving days in the Cenotes there will presentations about the formation and biology of these very special and magical locations.
Many interesting and entertaining seminars awaiting you. Rediscover the reef and underwater world, something new and exciting is awaiting you.

By participating in the Marine Biology program you are enabled to get "Marine Biology" specialty course certifioed.

 

Guest Oppinions and Press Reviews:

„Thank you for the informative Marine Biology Workshop that immediately made you want more."
Tauchclub Frankfurt (Dive Club)

„At the end of the "Dangerous Marine Species" Seminar all 55 participants were prepared for their next diving holiday and will complete their Medic First Aid Kit accordingly. Thanks to Constanze Conrad for a very informative evening.“
Bergsträsser Anzeiger (Daily Newspaper)

„Will see the sea with different eyes in future. Thanks for that!“
Tauchclub Padertaucher (Dive Club)

„There was a very positive feedback from the entire club to your seminar. Not only the adults, but especially the kids / teens were impressed by your uncomplicated, empathetic way of doing things and your well-founded expertise. The interactive seminar design has also helped to make it a remarkable event. You was great!!!"
DUC Lübeck (Dive Club)

„I was participating in the Eco-Diver program, identified and counted fish and invertebrates. I learnt a lot about life in the reef and could make a small contribution to reef protection. It was a wonderful week full of new experiences.“
Sandra Langenbach, Deutschland (Diver, Germany)

„Thanks again for your tour guidance and expert explanations taht have completed our underwater experiences!“
Sigrid Jerk, Schweiz (Diver, Switzerland)

„Great Seminars! I have rarely learnt so much worth knowing  and new information so entertaining. Constanze`s Marine Biology Seminare are highly recommended!“
Seastar Online Magazin (Online Magazine)

„It has been beautiful days and I will live on it for a long time. Thank you so much for the excellent travel organization.“
Maria Schneider, Österreich (Diver, Austria)

 

4**** Allegro Cozumel - 05.10. - 12.10.2019

Hotel Description:
Located directly at the white sandy beaches of paradise  Island of Cozumel, only 10 minutes by boat from Palancar-Ree and 16 km to the Island capital of San Miguel.
Built in a Bungalow style the resort offers 261 comfortable rooms (eight units per villa) spread out in a beautiful garden.
The Resort facilities includes:
lobby with reception, one Buffet- and 2 à-la-carte Restaurants offering mexican and italian  specialties, 4 bars and a Snackbar, theater, Disco, Hairdresser, Souvenirshop and Beautysalon.
A spacious fresh-water Pool, Poolbar,  sun terrace with Chaiselounges,  relaxing Pool and Jacuzzi are located in the tropical garden.  Sunbeds, Umbrellas and bath towels are free of charge at the Pool and the beach.
The small Spa area offers different relaxing treatments to their guests.
Childrens Playground, Children Pool with waterslides and a pirate ship, Miniclub for 4-12 years old (couple of hours per day), Babysitter-Service upon request and against exytra charge.
Accepted Credit Cards: VISA, Mastercard and Amexco.

Hotel Catering:
All Inclusive: Breakfast, Lunch- and Dinner in buffet style, dinner at your choice in one of the à-la-carte restaurants (reservation neccessary), coffee, tea and snacks in the afternoon

Dive Center:
The PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Center, awarded the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIVE CENTER, is located directly at the beach of the resort.
Beside all year around diving in the Cenotes, at the Drop Offs around Cozumel and the wrecks of the Riviera Maya, the Dive Cewnter offers also Snorkelilng Trips and Dive Training.
Mexico is a famous dive destination with its amazing colourful coral formations and especially the Cenotes with its magical underwater world of stalactites and stalagmites is a mystical and unique expirience that impresses every diver.

 

12. & 13.10.2019  Yucatan Roundtripe

During this intersting and exciting 2-day-Roundtrip you will visit the highlights of the prehistoric Maya and Hispanic colonial era. Get an impressive overview of the Yucatan peninsula, meet the locals and discover unique nature.

The ceremonial site of Chichen Itza was of outstanding importance for the Maya. It was their economical, political and religious center of their cultur. In 1988 declared as World Heritage Site is the famous pyramid since 2007 one of the official new seven wonders. All important architectural element of the pre-colonial culture Mexico`s can be found at the numerous squares of this complex: pyramids, temples, ball courts and an observatory.

After visiting Chichen Itza we continue with the visit of the Yucatec captital of Merida.
Merida is the largest metropolis of Yucatan with more than 1,5 Mio inhabitants. The city was founded on the ruins of a Maya site in 1542 by the spanish conqueror Francisco de Montejo. It is considered as one of the cleanest cities in Mexico. The economic success and prosperity was based in the 19th century sisal boom (sisal = fibers of agave leaves, used for the production of ropes and sacks). Todays source of income is more or less oriented towards tourism.

In Merida you will experience the historic and bustling heart of a vast region. The city center is still a cultural and social attraction. All important sightseeing sites are located around the "Zocalo": Casa de Montejo, the Cathedral, Governor`s Palace and the Town Hall.
Enjoy the atmosphere and evening flair of Merida. Overnight at the Hotel El Conquistador.

On the following day we continue our Roundtrip and visit the archaeological site of Usma. This city gives visitors a testimony of the high culture and high architecture of the Maya in Northern Yucatan during their heayday.
Afterward you will experience the fusion between two cultures in the colonial city of Izamal. The ancient and largest monastery of Yucatan impresses with its beauty and architectural harmony. The naturally shaped and water-filled limestone quarry Suytun (freshwater Cenote) is the last attraction of this exciting Roundtrip.

 

Included: Guide, Entrance Fees, all mentioned visits, lunch (excl. drinks), overnight at Hotel El Conquistador in Merida incl. breakfast

4**** Allegro Playacar - 13.10. - 19.10.2019 

Hotel Description:
The charming mexico-style Resort with 286 rooms is located directly at the white sandy beach of Playa del Carmen. Only 2 km to the City Center of Playa del Carmen and 60 km to the international Airport Cancun.
Resort facilities: 4 restaurants and bars, 2 swimming pools, Spa, wide range of sports is available, 5 walking minutes to Playacar Club de Golf.
WLAN against extra charge available at the lobby.
The Superior rooms are equipped with shower/WC, hairdryer, telephon, cabel-TV, coffee-/tea-maker, Minibar, ceiling fan and air-conditioning, safe (against extra charge), balcony or terrace.
Accepted Credit Cards: VISA, Mastercard, Amexco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Catering:
All Inclusive: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in buffet style, Snacks between 12:00 and 18:00 h, local non-alcoholic and local alcoholic drinks between 10:00 and 02:00 h

Dive Center:
The PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Center, awarded the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIVE CENTER, is located directly at the beach of the resort.
Beside all year around diving in the Cenotes, at the Drop Offs around Cozumel and the wrecks of the Riviera Maya, the Dive Cewnter offers also Snorkelilng Trips and Dive Training.
Mexico is a famous dive destination with its amazing colourful coral formations and especially the Cenotes with its magical underwater world of stalactites and stalagmites is a mystical and unique expirience that impresses every diver.

 

 

 

 

 

Constanze has been active worldwide in reef and dolphin protection projects for more than 20 years.In 2005 she was waraded as „Reef Check Champion of the Year“ by UCLA. Beside research, public relation was always a very important topic in her live. "You only can protect what you know" is her motto.
Since many years she is organiszing and conducting specialty courses, special dive expeditions and is well known for her entertaining marine biology workshops and seminars.
Constanze has published in various German- and English-language print media, was for five years author of the column "Red Sea News" of the German diving magazine "Unterwasser" and editorial member of online magazine "Scubanova".
She was involved in several international TV productions for ARD, ZDF, WDR, SWR, ARTE, SF, TSR and BBCas protagonist, author, location scout and scientific advisor and was also portrayed by German ZDF TV society magazine "Mona Lisa".
As an expedition leader she has gained a lot of experience in organizing and conducting trips to warm water regions, such as Galapagos, French Polynesia or Sudan, as well as in cold waters, such as Iceland and the Antarctic, guaranteeing that this tour will once again a unique experience and trip of a lifetime.

Dive Expedition to the famous Riviera Maya & the Cenotes of  Yucatan - incl. Marine Biology Program (05.-20.10.2019)

2690,- Euro per person                             (Single Supplement: 690,- Euro per person)

minimum number of participants: 12 persons
maximum number of participants: 16 persons

Included:
7 overnights in Superior double rooms on All Inclusive basis at 4* Allegro Cozumel, at Cozumel
(All Inclusive details check panel => Cozumel )
5 days diving package/ 10 dives at Cozumel

6 overnights in Superior double rooms on All Inclusive basis at 4* Allegro Playacar, in Playa del Carmen
(All Inclusive details check panel => Playa del Carmen)
2 days / 4 dives at Riviera Maya
2 days / 4 dives in the Cenotes of Yucatan

Marine Biology program with famoue Marine Biologist Constanze Conrad
special guided dives
Certification for Speciality Course "Marine Biology"

2-days Yucatan Roundtrip
1 overnight in double rooms including breakfast at 3,5* Hotel El Conquistador in Merida
Tour Guide
Lunch (drinks are not included)
Entrance fees

Transfers:
Airport - Ferry - Allegro Cozumel Resort
Allegro Cozumel Resort - Ferry
Allegro Playacar Resort - Airport
Ferry to and from Cozumel

 

Not included:

Flights
Yucatan Goverment Tax: 20,- Peso per night (ca. 1,- Euro)
Dinner and drinks during Yucatan Roundtrip
Rental Diving Equipment
Certification Fee (35,- €) in case of Speciality Course "Marine Biology" participation
Tips, personal consumption and expenses

 

Please Note:

Visa-, Passport-, Luggage- or local taxes and fees might change withour further notice!

Itineraries might change due to weather conditions or for organizational reasons !

Availability of EANitrox cannot be guaranteed.

Program and trip will be carried out with a minimum of 12 participants. The organizer reserves the right to cancel the trip or convert it into an unacompanied tour withour Marine Biology program up to 30 days before travel date in case of less participants.

Dive Expedition to the famous Riviera Maya & the Cenotes of  Yucatan - incl. Marine Biology Program (05.-20.10.2019)

Reservation by mail to:      info@blueheavenholidays.com

Please mention the Keyword "Mexico" and provide us with the following personal data:

Full Name
Postal Address
Date of Birth
Telephonenumber

Looking forward to welcome you on our special Marine Biology Dive Adventure to Mexico!

“Across the Antarctic Circle” Expedition

Cross latitude 66° 33’ South in the wake of hallowed explorers including the first to do so, Captain James Cook. It’s a moment to celebrate, and we oblige with enthusiasm. In this frozen area of extraordinary beauty, powerful orcas and leopard seals patrol the waters, while ethereal snow petrels grace the skies against a background of bristling mountain ranges and surreal icebergs. Threading our way through an intricate system of icy waterways, we aim for the glorious Crystal Sound at the mouth of The Gullet.

Day 1: Transfer from your hotel in Ushuaia (Argentina) to the boat. Step aboard your home-away-from-home and settle in to your comfortable cabin. There is time to greet fellow passengers, meet the staff and explore the ship before we leave Ushuaia for our evening cruise down the Beagle Channel.

Day 2: We cross the Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross, petrels, fulmars and prions. Our polar experts speak about Antarctica’s unique wildlife and history. Spirits soar as air and water temperatures fall, marking our crossing of the Antarctic Convergence. All eyes are peeled for the first iceberg, the first penguin and the first glimpse of whales.

Day 3: We enter the antarctic world and explore the Peninsula’s west coast, with time to watch the frenzied activities of penguin parents and chicks as the summer days begin to shorten. Watch for imperial cormorant chicks bravely making their first flights from sea cliffs. If conditions allow, we go ashore this afternoon.

Day 4-9: Zodiac cruise amongst icebergs and floes replete with basking Weddell and leopard seals and revel in the unparalleled beauty of the vast, Antarctic landscape. Besides landing on wildlife-rich offshore islands, we make a continental landing, possibly hiking up for spectacular views. As we continue south, ice conditions govern our movements. Whether we cross the Circle via the ‘inner route’ or the Bellingshausen Sea, we celebrate in style. With luck we reach magnificent Crystal Sound, pass through the Gullet and steam on to Marguerite Bay, where relatively few have gone before. Orcas, humpbacks and minkes feed in the channels. We may visit historical Stonington, Pourquoi Pas and Detaille islands before turning north to warmer climes.

Day 10: We arrive at mountainous King George Island. If time and weather permit we explore penguin and seal-rich waters of Fildes Bay and visit the surprising Trinity Church at Bellingshausen Station, before catching our charter flight back to Punta Arenas (Chile), where we transfer to our overnight accommodation.

Day 11: After breakfast bid farewell to fellow expeditioners before flying from King George Island to Punta Arenas (Chile) where you can continue on with your own arrangements.