About Paradise Divers at Isla Mujeres
Isla Mujeres is only a short 20 minute ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of Cancun, but it is the place to head if you long for a sense of the authentic Mexican Caribbean. And no one on this tiny island will give you a warmer welcome than the team at Paradise Divers and Marina Paraiso hotel. With this experienced team you can discover the marvels of the underwater museum, the vibrant reefs and during our summer months even snorkel with whalesharks. Discover Mexico at its most charming in complete relaxation. Your home for your stay on Isla Mujeres is the Marina Paraiso hotel, the only resort with both a marina and dive centre on site. The garden view rooms have a small private garden whilst pool view rooms edge the infinity pool. The ocean view rooms look over the quiet harbour and the sunset views overlooking Cancun make the upgrade well worthwhile! The pool view and garden view rooms have two double beds, the ocean View has a king bed & the junior suite has a queen bed. All of the rooms have air conditioning, a safe, a flat screen tv with satellite, a fridge & a ceiling fan. All rooms are en suite with air con, safe, fridge TV and either balcony or terrace. No matter which room grade you chose, you are never far away from the amenities of the resort. The outdoor restaurant Barlito,serves breakfast, lunch & dinner daily from 8am to 9pm. They are most known for their homemade bagels, big salads, burgers, pizzas & dinner specials highlighting the incredible produce, meats & fish of Mexico. The palapa bar & lower garden seating is perfect to enjoy a Caribbean inspired cocktail or listen to live local music. Laze by the cool pool or rent a golf cart to explore the island (this is the preferred means of transport here). The dive boat departs from the private jetty each day, home to several large private yachts, and is only minutes away from the diving highlights of Isla Mujeres.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cancun is around 11 hours flying time direct from London. Los Cabos is around 18-20hours indirect flying time. Mexico's Carribbean coastline is famous for the cenotes dives. Cozumel's rich drift dives and the whalesharks of Isla Mujeres. On the Pacific coast, the remote locations mean pelagics. The diving on this side is more advanced, more rugged and action packed.
Weather and Climate
Both the east and west coasts of Mexico enjoy a warm climate. It's a brilliant place for winter sun! For the Caribbean coastline, you can expect more rain over our summer months, but this tends to be in the evenings. It can be stormier between July - September and humidity higher. Los Cabos is more arid, with a year round average air temp of around 25-28 degrees.
There are direct flights from London to Cancun with BA, Thomson or Virgin. If you are travelling to the Pacific coastline Los Cabos, then you will usually find your flight requires a stop en route. Aero Mexico, United and Delta airlines generally offer the fastest routings. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA. We are able to book most major airlines. If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to either Cancun or Los Cabos, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
If you are travelling to the Pacific coastline Los Cabos, then you will usually find your flight requires a stop en route. This may be in the USA or Meixco City. Depending on your travel dates, you may need to overnight en route.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders are able to obtain a visa on entry to Mexico. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival for any of our Mexico holidays, you will be met and taken to your hotel or liveaboard. Simply make your way to through baggage reclaim and immigrations. Your transfer will be waiting for you with a board with your name, resort or liveaboard. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Where possible, all transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. If you are unsure, please confirm the arrangements on your holiday package before travel. If you are using a hotel at the end of a liveaboard on a day use basis, you usually have to join the airport shuttle service. Please confirm any local costs and times with the hotel before you start your day use package.
You will be advised locally of your transfer times at the end of your holiday. The departure tax of approx. 900 Mexican Pesos is payable locally in cash only. Scottish and Irish pounds, travellers' cheques, credit and debit cards are not accepted.
Included in your holiday
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
Plugs and electricity
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
Deposits and Balances
Ways to pay
We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
It is easy to overlook the tiny island of Isla Mujeres, dwarfed by it's larger cousin Coumel. But look closer and you will discover an island that those in the know prefer to dive. This Mexican destination makes Caribbean diving affordable but without sacrificing any of the quality UK divers expect. Here you can enjoy outstanding reef dives, visit the unique Underwater Museum MUSA, dive a local wreck and even snorkel with whalesharks - all from the convenience of your on site hotel and dive site.
Paradise Divers are a small yet incredibly competent dive team. They are able to teach recreational level PADI courses, with an onsite pool and classroom for your comfort. Equipment is new and kept to the highest standards - ideal if you need to rent an item or 2. All experience levels are welcomed by the friendly team and nitrox is coming shortly to the island.
- Dive protected marine parks
- Colourful, healthy Caribbean diving
- Dive the unique Underwater Museum - only 10 minutes away
- Seasonal whaleshark encounters
- Ideal for all experience levels
- Small dive groups
A typical day includes 2 morning boat dives, departing from the private jetty. Optional 3rd dives and night diving can be arranged locally. One of the must see highlights here is the Underwater Museum MUSA. Close to the dive centre these underwater statues and sculptures have been sunk in less than 10m water to create both a living art installation and artificial reef.
Many of the dive sites around Isla Mujeres are predominately reef dives, all kept in top condition by the region's marine park status. The reefs here are colourful with large sea fans, schools of grunts and dripping in sponges. Hard corals hide morays or look out over sandy patches between bombies for large rays and turtles. There are puffer fish everywhere! And plenty of macro for the most ardent photographer. Most sites are less than 15m deep but there are even a couple of wrecks around 25m.
Diving Rates & Prices
If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Paradise Divers at Isla Mujeres.
- 1 days diving from: Price on request
- 3 days diving from: Price on request
- 5 days diving from: Price on request
Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from: Price on request
- PADI open water course from: Price on request
- PADI advanced course from: Price on request
- Nitrox Specialty from: Price on request
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): Price on request
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.