I am taking a cruise which arrives in Cozumel at 1:30pm and leaves at 10pm. I was originally very excited about learning how to scuba dive and explore Palancar Reef. Unfortunately, I am not a certified diver and learned that if I wish to Scuba dive, I will have to take an introductory Resort Course/Discover Scuba that will only take me to Paradise Reef (30-40 feet max). Is this a good Reef? Ive read that it is over crowded?
I do not mind taking the beginners course but now Im wondering if its worth it. Is it better to spend a few hours learning scuba basics and going to Paradise Reef or is it better to save the few hours/time and Snorkel? If I were to Snorkel, could I go to better reefs and see more interesting things? I would have to imagine that you see/experience more diving, right? But maybe not???
I was also considering that if I do decide to go the snorkeling route, than maybe I should visit Tulum Mayan Ruins. If I snorkel, could I can possibly fit in both a trip? to Tulum and time snorkeling? But again, I do really want to scuba and think it would be a cool and great experience. Is it worth it? Which option is better?
Thanks in advance