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Dive Review of Advanced Divers/Presidente Intercontinental in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Gibson, TX, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 518
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Belize,
Providenciales GT, Grand Turk, Bonaire, Walkers Cay, various Florida Keys,
Palau, Galapagos, PNG.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Virtually none. Agree with dive master on the profile before the dive and
then stay with the group for the drift dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Its been nearly two years since we visited Cozumel. Many things have
changed, but one thing hasnt: the great service and diving offered by
Ricardo Madrigal and his team on the Careyitos. These guys know how to take
care of experienced divers.

Start with the boat. The Careyitos is a 12 ft wide, 38 ft. long Bertram.
Generally there will be no more than 10 divers on board. She doesnt zip
out to the reef and back but gives a comfortable and relaxing ride with a
large sun deck above and shaded deck below. I always smile to myself when
the fast boats zip by us, pounding and soaking their passengers. 

Then consider the dive sites. They avoid crowded sites and go out of their
way to honor their guests requests. On our last day, for example, they put
us on one of my favorites, Punta Sur. Ricardo led us expertly through all
the swim-throughs in one dive. Im told that some dive shops only lead
their groups through one or two of them. Of course, the guests, experienced
divers, werent climbing all over each other in the tunnels and silting
them out, either.

And the bottom time. We are limited only by our air supply and computers.
All of our dives were 60 minutes or more.

Lastly, the service is great. These guys take care of you. In the water
they are unobtrusive and there only when we need them to point out an
interesting creature or navigate the Cozumel currents. After the first
dive, they switched our gear to fresh tanks and take it all down for us at
the end of the day. Between dives we enjoyed a lunch of ham sandwiches,
fresh fruit, and tostadas with the absolute best fresh guacamole followed
by a leisurely siesta for our hour and half surface interval.

Weve been diving with Ricardo Madrigal and his team for eight years, and
we consider them friends. But they perform at the same superb level for
everyone. Check out their website: [ link]
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