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

Aqua Safari/Safari Inn, Dec, 2012,

by Captain Jim Davis, Jr, FL, US ( 2 reports). Report 6830.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving all of Fla to Key West, caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with the group leader. Very good reason with dozens of dive boats throughout the area and drift diving, no gloves.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments For starters, this was a REEF trip, and,unfortunately for us we assumed too much and paid dearly for it. It all began when I assumed we were staying at a water front operation we had seen before while on a trip some years ago. We did not research the trip, being long time REEF members. The assumption was "it's all good".

The diver operation is excellent. Well coordinated for our group of 15 divers plus leader. Very attentive DM's with safety a prime concern. Plenty of bottled water and fruit onboard. The boat had an uncomfortable step over at the stern plus a light weight ladder that swung a bit much in fairly light sea conditions. Lots of shade on the vessel and plenty of room for everyone. Friendly and hard working crew.

Safari Inn is bare bones and very noisy with rooms no more than 50 or so feet from the very busy noisy main throughfare in Cozumel. Want cheap this is it with skimpy, uncomfortable bed, chairs and "sofa" (8 ft piece of plywood with maybe an inch cushioning over it. Noisy A/C, the blanket was a small shawl size item, no phone, no TV or refrigerator as well. A louvered door to the bathroom and a sign saying no paper products in the toilet. No, it was not a marine head. Patience required for the hot water to reach the 3rd floor and no, there wasn't an elevator. Out the door and its an alley way with a bit of trash hanging in a tree against a concrete wall. The photos we were sent made it appear the hotel was on the water. Not.

Convenient to the dive shop which is on the first floor with one rinse tank, one bar maybe 15 ft long and mounted so high many women could not reach it to hang gear on. No way gear could get air to dry. Very crowded when more than a couple of divers go to the back of this shop to rinse and hang gear.

We would strongly suggest divers consider diving with Aqua Safari but spend a few more dollars and stay at the Casa Mexicana perhaps a few hundred feet away with a truly outstanding staff, furnishings, breakfast included, bar and lounge area, computers, TV, laundry service and elevator.

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