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

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis Boesen, NM, USA
Report Number 2503
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Hawaii, Bahamas, St Lucia, St Thomas, Turks & Caicos, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Plan dive, follow computer, try to stay reasonably close during drift
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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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