November 2009

Review: Occidental Grand, Cozumel
Cozumel is a (drift) diving paradise, and you want to be as close to the great dive sites like the Santa Rosa Wall or the Palancar reefs as possible. spent a week at the Occidental Grand, an all-inclusive 4-Star resort. Read about our experiences with the Occidental resort, the food, the accommodations, the facilities, and, of course, the diving. [Read detailed review of the Occidental Grand, Cozumel resort] -- Posted Thursday, November 19, 2009 by chb

Casio joins the waterproof camera market
Given that Casio has been selling tough and rugged G-SHOCK watches for over a quarter of a century, one might wonder what took the company so long to enter the increasingly lucrative water/shock/dust/crush-proof segment of the digital camera market currently dominated by the likes of Olympus, Pentax, Canon and Panasonic. Whatever Casio's reasons were, Casio now has a tough waterproof camera of its own (though only ten feet), the new 12.1-megapixel Exilim EX-G1. [See description and specs of the Casio Exilim EX-G1] -- Posted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 by chb

Drift diving in Cozumel
When people think of diving in Cozumel, they generally think of drift diving. That means the current is such that the dive boat drops you off in one location and then picks you up at another. Drift makes everything a little different from diving in places where the boat is moored and you’ll always get back to the boat in the same spot. It also means there is no anchor line that can be located on the way back and back up. So how does drift diving in Cozumel work? [Read about drift diving in Cozumel] -- Posted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 by chb

Need a cellphone while diving? Ocean Reef can help.
If you really, really, really cannot be without a cellphone even while diving, Ocean Reef has just the solution for you. Their Alpha UWCP Underwater Cell Phone uses an underwater communication unit that is integrated with a speaker and microphone and can be easily installed on any one of the Ocean Reef full face masks. The unit is wired with a quick-detach 130 foot cable to the surface. {See the Ocean Reef underwater cellphone] -- Posted Thursday, November 5, 2009 by chb