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

December, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Captain Jim Davis, Jr, FL, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6830
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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

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with the group leader.  Very good reason with dozens of dive boats
throughout the area and drift diving, no gloves.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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):
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
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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