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Dive Review of Bottom Time Divers/El Cid La Ceiba in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Bottom Time Divers/El Cid La Ceiba, Jun, 2008,

by Dennis Boesen, NM, United States ( 2 reports). Report 4355.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Hawaii, USVI, BVI, Bahamas, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No specific limits, but it was drift diving, so we stayed with dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Sadly, the photo shop at La Ceiba has closed so there is no on-site film processing.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Raul Platos, the owner and divemaster for Bottom Time Divers, goes the extra mile to make sure everyone has a great time. They have a small, fast boat. The boat has a sun cover and will take 6 divers. Raul and the boat captain set up divers' gear, move it to a new tank between dives, and clean and store the gear overnight. They provide clean towels after diving, snacks and water between dives, and do their best to accomodate divers' requests for dive sites, profiles, rest locations, and schedules. Raul seems to know where every little critter, eel, turtle, and splendid toadfish hangs out and is eager to show them to interested divers. He is happy to let experienced divers go their own way (though staying close enough get to the boat after the drift dive) or to offer whatever tutoring he can.
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