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Dive Review of Advanced Divers/Barracuda Hotel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Gibson, TX, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4740
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
: Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman,
Belize, Providenciales T&C, Grand Turk, Bonaire, BVI, Walkers Cay,
various Florida Keys, Palau, Truk, Pohnpei, Solomon Islands, Indonesia,
Galapagos, PNG
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Virtually no restrictions other than stay with the group and surface with
500 psi. 70+ minute dives are common.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
As with most day boats, there is no camera table or large rinse tank on the
Careyitos. They will set up a large trash can with fresh water to use for a
dip tank. 

The Barracuda Hotel has no special facilites for shore divers with cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Ricardos crew did it for us again, as we dove Mountains of Delilah,
Delilah shallows, Chankanaub, Paloma, Palancar Point, and San Francisco
over an extended Easter weekend. After diving with his operation for more
than 12 years, I know you can depend on Ricardos team to deliver whatever
you want from the thrill of Punta Sur to mantis shrimp at Delilah or
Chankanaub. This weekend we had three hard core photographers on board and
Ricardos team responded by splitting into two groups for some dives,
slowing the dives down a bit for the photographers and putting us into some
good spots for critters while our unencumbered friends went for a slightly
faster more thrilling ride. We certainly saw plenty of large animals, too,
including several large nurse sharks, several hawksbill turtles, a
loggerhead turtle, and a huge lobster that feared no one. 

The boat, Careyitos, is a 40-foot Bertram with twin diesels, a spacious
dive deck, a nice sun deck above and plenty of shade below. She isnt one
of the fast boats that some seem to prefer. Shes for those of us who
like being on the sea  a nice pleasant ride out to your first dive
followed by a great lunch of turkey sandwiches, homemade guacamole, and
fresh fruit during the surface interval. Then you get to dive again  75
minutes if your air consumption is good enough  and cruise on back home.
You only do two dives a day, but you can spend as much time in the water as
youll get in three dives with most other operators. 

And the crew is very accommodating. You set up your tank in the morning of
your first day and they change it to a new tank during the surface
interval. They rinse your wet suit at the end of each day and store your
gear aboard in the evenings if you wont need it for a shore dive. The next
morning youll find it set up on your tank and ready to go. On your last
day of diving they will rinse all your gear on the trip in from the reef.
Thats service!

The Barracuda Hotel is very conveniently located on the water with
interesting shore diving. We enjoy cruising around the debris left from
Wilma, photographing juvenile fish, such as French angles, and all sorts of
shrimp, crabs, and other critters.  Unfortunately, the guys running the
dive shop shut down early on two days while we were there, which kept us
from shore diving those days. However, on the third day, Ricardo came
through for us, arranging for some tanks so we could do the dive. The
Barracuda has the basic amenities, but it could use some sprucing up and
could be a little cleaner. Cruise ship crews hang out by the pool during
the day (which I find entertaining) but they leave and it quiets down by
late afternoon. 

The down economy has definitely affected Cozumel as it had nothing like the
bustle and energy of Easter weekends past. If you like to get into the
restaurants without a wait and not share the reef with a gizzilian other
divers, now would be a great time to go. As for restaurants, you wont be
disappointed with Pasta Prima, La Veranda, La Choza, Kinta, La Cocai, or
Guidos. If you stay at the Barracuda, try Rock n Java for breakfast, just
a few doors away. 
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