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Dive Review of Careyitos/El Presidente Intercontinental in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Careyitos/El Presidente Intercontinental, Nov, 2009,

by James McBride, TX, US ( 2 reports). Report 5252.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Curacao, Bonaire, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, USVI, St. Lucia, Cancun, Fiji, Maui, Palau, Etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Flexible provided you show competence
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera bucket is always available and operator looks out for equipment. Good care for photographers.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Careyitos offers an exceptional service among Cozumel dive operators. These guys are the real deal and have been around for 30+ years. All of the crew are an older crowd (ie. 35+ years at least) and they can outdive anybody who cares to step up to the challenge. Meaning that you can get up to 80 + minutes out of an aluminum 80 that is if you can keep up. However, there is no problem if you are not a marathoner but if you are then expect a hyperextended bottom time if you can hang.

Additionally, this is one of the only remaining services that offers lunch for the day trip and a damn good one at that. If you remember the days of old in Cozumel, the lunches were a crapshoot at best but not in this case. You can expect good quality for the food as it is prepared fresh daily. Typical menu consists of fresh bread rolls, turkey, string cheese, homemade guacamole (yummy!), fresh made salsa fresca (yummy too!), tasty corn chips, fresh fruits, cookies, etc.

The price has a small premium but for all that the service offers, the value is delivered. Keep in mind that the owner Ricardo does not compete with the high volume dive services on Cozumel. He caters primarily to experienced people who are looking to avoid the quicky, turn the crank companies. However, if you are a rookie and want to learn how to improve your game then these guys will do an excellent job to ensure your money is well spent.

One final note, the boat is really kept in "ship shape" as Cozumel operators go. It even has a head that is very clean and well maintained for a boat, no kidding! The ladies seem to really appreciate this aspect of the daily experience.
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By Paula Dorn in TX, US at Jul 13, 2013 22:50 EST  
I have dove with them many rimes, most recently in Jan. and all dives were 60 min.+. I agree with all that was said above. My favorite Dive Master works on this boat and is always eager to help improve your diving and also in identifying fish, coral, etc. you won't be sorry if you dive with them.
By Paula Dorn in TX, US at Jul 13, 2013 22:52 EST  
I have dove with them many times, most recently in Jan. 2013 and all dives were 60 min.+. I agree with all that was said above. My favorite Dive Master works on this boat and is always eager to help improve your diving and also in identifying fish, coral, etc. you won't be sorry if you dive with them.
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