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Dive Review of Careyitos/Advanced Divers/Iberostar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Alana McCormick, TX, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4988
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Key West, Bonaire, Dominica, Great Barrier Reef, Little Cayman, Grand
Cayman, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surface with 500 PSA, depth limits established for each dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We have dived with Ricardo Madrigal and his operation now for many years -
it's very much like returning to your favorite old neighborhood.  We never
had more than 5 or 6 divers total and always had two divermasters in the
water, usually Ricardo.  Dives lasted to 500 PSI or 75 minutes, whichever
came first.  Both my husband and I were diving in excess of 60 minutes on
almost every dive.
The reefs and marine life seem to be recovering well from Wilma.  We always
saw lots of turtles and nurse sharks.  There were many big groupers, parrot
fish, angelfish, triggerfish, filefish and schools of jacks, with
barracudas hanging around as well.  Also flamingo tongues, pipe fish,
morays, pufferfish, even a spotted drum. We did not see as many lobsters or
crabs as in the past.  There were many southern stingrays and we had a
brief encounter with an eagle ray, although they usually migrate elsewhere
this time of year.  
The dive to Punta Sur/Devil's Throat was very nicely done and we felt very
safe, as we always do with this competent operation.  On several of the
dives, we went through many swim throughs.
The onboard crew was also excellent, arriving right away after surfacing,
putting down the two big ladders and helping with your gear.  Simon,
Ricardo's new #2, Mariano, Janis and Miguel did a great job.  Careyitos has
added the service of keeping your gear on board after the day's dives, if
you like, and rinsing everything thoroughly so it's ready for the next day.
 The crew set up the tanks and gear for each dive.  If you have any
difficulty, either with equipment or skill, they do their best to fix or
improve the situation.
Lunches are legendary for the big bowl of freshly made guacamore, along
with sandwiches, fruit, and cookies. We always took the mid-day rest at a
relaxing location for swimming and snorkeling - sometimes at the conch
beach pier with other dive boats for socializing.
The boat is very comfortable, with a completely covered deck, lots of room,
a head, and a good platform for entrance/exit.  They picked us up at the
pier at the Iberostar every day around 10 a.m. which made for a very
relaxing vacation since we didn't have to get up early.  Tanks were always
at more than 3000 PSI.
The Iberostar was very comfortable and well-kept.  Good variety of foods at
all meals and decent selection of beers and all drinks.  We enjoyed the
greater diversity of guests, with many Brits and other Europeans than in
our past stays, also Mexican families.  There were all age ranges and lots
of family groups and some weddings.
If you like to have interesting but relaxing dives, with your own profile
and good interaction with a friendly and highly competent crew,
Careyitos/Advanced Divers is for you
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