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

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis Boesen, NM, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 4355
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Hawaii, USVI, BVI, Bahamas, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No specific limits, but it was drift diving, so we stayed with dive master.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Sadly, the photo shop at La Ceiba has closed so there is no on-site film
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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