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

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Lisa Losack, TX, USA (1 report)
Report Number 2323

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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.

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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