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

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Cindy Naiditch, NH, USA
Report Number 2488
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
72   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stick with group, safety stops, depth.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I did not have any photo-gear.  I did not notice any separate tables for
camera gear, although freshwater buckets were provided --however other
divers did use them for mask rinsing.  The crew did appear to handle
cameras with respect.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
As new divers (7 dives for me, 25 for my partner), I was nervous about my
first boat dive, my first salt water experience, and, later, my first night
dive.   The staff and crew of Aqua Safari couldn't be beat for
consideration, helpful hints, and keeping a close eye on my partner and I,
while at the same time, allowing more experienced divers to dive their own
computer/profiles.  We were asked to notify the divemaster when we reached
700psi in our tanks, a precaution that may have annoyed more experienced
divers, but gave us "newbies" a more comfortable safety zone for
surfacing.  Assistance in getting back on the boat was greatly appreciated.
 While we were always the first to surface, we were never made to feel like
we had messed up the other divers' diving experience--they came up based on
own profiles.  Aqua Safari has their own pier, right across the street from
the shop, making it an easy on/off process.  All gear was rinsed and stored
in their facilities, reducing the hassle of hauling it to the room.

Our hotel--the Bel Mar-- was right next door to the shop, making it
extremely convenient.  The hotel was clean, the staff was courteous, and
the continental breakfast appreciated.  The hotel had both a safe (small
but adequate for wallets) and a small refrigerator, allowing us to store
snacks and lunch food.  

Coming after the big hurricane(s) we were concerned about damage and
accomodations.  Not to worry!  The island has recoverd in the tourist/town
area amazingly fast.  Signs of significant damage elsewhere however was
quite evident.  The reefs took a bit of battering and sand in and on the
coral was evident.  The continual "invitations" to come into the
shops became extremely irritating after a while, causing us to walk along
the water side of the street rather than brave the shopkeepers' assaults. 
But overall, well worth the trip.  Already making plans to go back, and
will dive with Aqua Safari again.
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