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

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by James McBride, TX, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5252
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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Subscriber's Comments

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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