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

Bottom Time Divers/El Cid La Ceiba, Cozumel, Jun, 2006,

by Dennis Boesen, NM, USA . Report 2503.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Hawaii, Bahamas, St Lucia, St Thomas, Turks & Caicos, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Plan dive, follow computer, try to stay reasonably close during drift dives.
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 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments On-site photo shop at La Ceiba provides excellent support and advice, and can provide developing and printing (for dinosaurs like me who still use film) and sales and rental gear.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Bottom Time Divers provided superb service. The fast boat had a cover, and could hold a maximum of 6 divers. We had a group of 4 divers, and we were the only ones on the boat except for one day. Bottom Time Divers was very flexible about dive sites, times, pickup location, etc. Divemaster Raul was professional, thorough, and helpful. They cleaned -- not just rinsed -- our gear at the end of each day and had it set up and ready to go on the boat when we met them the next morning. They provided clean towels on the boat and bottled water, fruit, and snacks between dives.

Diving was excellent, aided by Raul's knowledge of the Cozumel reef systems. On one dive we saw a large eagle ray, two large turtles, sea horse, cruising Nurse shark, yellow stingrays, flounder, nudibranchs, large groupers, angels, butterflies, triggerfish, grunts, parrotfish, and many others large and small. The shallower reefs had some sand covering from Hurricane Wilma, but marine life is abundant and visibility is great.

La Ceiba resort has been extensively remodeled after Wilma and is clean, comfortable, and staffed by friendly and attentive people. The only drawback is the pressure when you first arrive to attend their time-share presentation. Once you attend or make it clear you don't want to, though, they usually don't push the subject again.
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