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Experience the Tortuga Liberation!
Every year hundreds of baby Green Sea Turtles emerge from the sandy beaches of the Mayan Riviera and head into the vast ocean.

Mexico peso (Mex$) = 100 centavos

In 1998 there were 9.6 million telephones main lines in use.

There are 31,048 km of railways in Mexico.

Females are allowed to volunteer for military service.

In 1997 Mexico had 31 million radios in use.

Mexico's exports partners: US 89.3%, Canada 1.7%, Spain 0.6%, Japan 0.5%, Venezuela 0.3%, Chile 0.3%, Brazil 0.3%.

Mexico produced 176.055 billion kWh of electricity in 1998.

The main industries are: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

The Mexican name for the Atlantic coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula is Riviera Maya. The English use is either Maya Riviera or Mayan Riviera. It is used all three ways in this web site.

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SCUBA DIVING IN COZUMEL

Cozumel's limestone shore is surrounded by temperate, crystal clear waters, which range from stunning turquoise to deep indigo.

With over 30 kilometers of reefs, water visibility to 200 feet, and over 200 species of tropical fish, Cozumel is considered by many as the finest dive destination in the Atlantic. Water temperatures range from summer highs in the low 80's (F) to winter highs in the low 70's (F).

An excellent resource for selecting a dive shop can be found at:

There are 17 dive sites on the island:

Paraiso Reef North
Airplane Flats
Paraiso Reef South
Chankanaab
Beachcomber Cavern
Tormentos
Yocab
El Paso del Cedral
Tunich
Cardona
San Francisco
Santa Rosa
Palancar
Punta Sur
Colombia
Maracaibo
Colombia Shallows

For snorkelers, there are plenty of places to go off the shore such as Playa Corona or Chankanaab Park. Snorkeling trips by boat are available, but our recommendation is to save your money and find locations via moped or car. Talk to the local divers and they will tell you where to go.

Water depths range from as shallow as 10 to 100 feet. Water current conditions vary from light to moderate to strong.

DIVE MAP

1 La Mancha Grande
2 La Mancha Chica
3 Punta Maroma
4 Cerebros
5 Los Arcos N.
6 Los Arcos S.
7 El Cofre
8 Xcalacoco N.
9 Xcalacoco S.
10 Moc Che
11 Chen Zumbul
12 El Esfuerzo
13 Sabalos
14 Barracuda
15 Wreck: Mama Vina
16 Ina
17 Islote
18 Punta Venados
19 Punta Venadito



CLIMATE

Average air temperature: 80F [27C]
July/August - High 80's to low 90'sF [32C]
December/January - Mid 70'sF [24C]

Winter Months: Cold fronts may create windy, cloudy and cooler weather. Afternoon thunderstorms are common, usually lasting for an hour.

Water temperatures range from 77-82F [25-28C] throughout the year.



AVERAGE DIVING COSTS

Diving a la carte PADI Instruction
Introductory Resort Course $65
Refresher Course $55
O.W. Referrals w/boat $190
Experienced Diver Program $230
O.W. Certification w/boat dive $350
Includes all the equipment  
Advanced Open Water $275
Rescue Diver Inquire
Dive Master Inquire

Dive Trips

2-Tank Boat Dive
(9:00 am departure, includes tanks, weight, belt, lunch served on board and taxi pickup at 8:30 am from hotel)
$57
Night Dive $35

Equipment Rentals
Scubapro regulator with octopus and depth/pressure gauge $8
Scubapro BCD with Power Inflator $8
Mask, Fins, and Snorkel $5
Wet Suit $6
Camera with 100-ASA 36-exposure film $32
Light $7
Computer $9
Special with boat trip: Reg.BC, Mask, Snorkel, Fins $16

Locker Service (Storage & Rent)

1 day $3
2 days $4.75
3 days $8
4 days $10.50
5 days $13
6 days $15.5
7 days $18.5
8 days $20.75
9 days $23
10 days $23.50

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In Mexico they speak: Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages.

90% of Mexicans age 15 and over can read and write.

Mexico Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

Mexico has a population of: 100,349,766 (July 2000 est.)

There is 61,000 sq km of irrigated land. (1993 est.)

Mexico's natural resources are: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.

There is 9,330 km of coastline.

The life expectancy is: male 68.47 years, female 74.66 years. (2000 est.)

The geographic coordinates are: 23 00 N, 102 00 W

Mexico had 38.6 million people in the labor force in 1999.

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