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Dive Review of Careyitos; SeaUrchin Dive/Iberostar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Julia Gumenik, fl, USA
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Report Number 1013
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
East coast of Florida, Great Barrier Reef, other dive op's in Coz; Curacao
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
On boat with 500+ psi; recreational limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
As noted in the May, 2004, Undercurrent, the Iberostar is, indeed, seeming
to restrict all other dive op's than Dressel, which had a v. poor
reputation at time of my presence with all but novice divers. I was on the
pier the day SeaUrchin, my preferred op (with a six-pack boat which was WAY
too much fun) got the edict that they had to profer all documents, plus pay
a per-head charge for all divers picked up at the dock.  It was with shock
and disbelief that other dive op's confirmed this--although the Careyitos,
with a bigger boat and a capacity of 12, was better able to scoff at the
Iberostar (and, allegedly, the Occidental with the same policy)and rely on
hotels closer to their dockage and more-sizable potential clientelle.  As a
back-up when chop and currents made it too hard for smaller boats to come,
I also took Scuba Du for a day; their restrictions and novice-
level of divers left much to be desired.

For those of us who have patronized Cozumel for years and years, I suggest
buoy-cot(pun intended) or scathing feedback to Iberostar and its
"foreign" ownership who are clearly trying to drive the natives
out of business.  By the way, I wrote the hotel management and received no


_Undercurrent:  This analysis is accurate; the one I posted before had
transposed the names of the dive op's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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