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Dive Review of Aqua Safari in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Aqua Safari, Feb, 2006,

by Lisa Losack, TX, USA . Report 2323.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Cozumel January 2006. Again with Aqua Safari for 2 dives with debarkation from the Elation Cruise Ship.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 76 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions As always, depth limits and surface intervals were enforced. I was traveling with a group that varied in experience. Divemasters were VERY attentive to this.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Lighting being the issue, the mid depth dives were good for us with the use of a flash. We had members in our group that geared up with the camera on every dive and got fantastic pictures. For me, I geared up the last two days and got great shots just not as many to choose from as the others....lol The C-53 Wreck had thousands of varied size and color starfish migrating on the white sand............Once in a lifetime shot...BEAUTIFUL!

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had a wonderful time in Cozumel. The island is coming along and one has to admire the work ethic to restore this island to pre storm condition. Our group completed 19 dives during the week and everyone thoroughly enjoyed every minute in the water. You will need a full 3mm wetsuit. Shallow reefs do have the sandy coating that appears to "stick". Up close and personal with the reef produces thousands of tiny fish, worms, egg sacks, jelly fish.....LIFE! Mid depth reefs seem to have the same coating, yet, rejuvenation of the reef is growing above the sand. It was discussed in our group several times the abundance of fish teeming the reef. It was very interesting also that the tides/currents seemed to be changing for spring. The Devil's Throat was a totally different. Palancar Gardens breathtaking. C-53 is a must! Aqua Safari and Hotel Mexicanna are a great combination for Cozumel divers. Excellent service from both. A wonderful breakfast buffet daily in the hotel and superior diving leadership from a well established company. Safety and fun all rolled into one! Many thanks to Scuba Steve's Aquatic Adventures in Tyler, Texas. Class act with a great group of diving enthusiasts. Note: Night diving this trip produced the largest crab and eels I have ever seen in my life! The divemasters were even interested in the upsidedown, under a shelf monster crab and sometimes it takes alot to get those guys going. No, no one had their camera, but we saw it and I do believe in seamonsters....lol
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