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Dive Review of Chucho Divers/El Cid La Ceba in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Henry & Carol Ziller, CO, USA
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4396
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia (Wakatobi Resort) Micronesia (The Village on Pohnpei) Hawaii
(Oahu) Belize (Ambergis Cay) Honduras (Roatan) Cayman Brach Dominica 
Tobago  Curacao  Bahmas (Nassau) and Florida 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come up with 500 psi and a time limit was placed prior to the dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
No rinse bucket on the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was our third trip to Cozumel and all three times we stayed at the El
Cid La Ceba. We could not beat the package deal. There is only one airline
flying direct to Cozumel from Denver, CO (Frontier)and they only fly there
during high season December thru March. This time of year is low season
(Hurricane season)and when we saw how many open seats there were on on our
flights both directions we understand why. 

There is good shore diving at the La Ceba, but we did 13 boat dives in four
days so we opted for no shore dives. 

Sunday August 31st we could not dive due to Hurricane Gustav. The harbor
master closed the ocean for small crafts. Since we were a small boat, the
ocean was closed. Chucho Divers uses a covered 27-feet fast boat with one
175 hp Yamaha and gets to the sites fast. There is a maximum six divers,
Chucho and the captain. The three dive day package includes lunch (On a
beach) of authentic mexican dishes and they are really good. Fresh fruit,
water and sodas are also provided throughout the day. Divers set the
departing time in the morning, and we used 8:30 and returned usually by
3:00. Chucho is really good at finding unusual things like a pipefish, and

The effects of Hurricane Wilma are still abundant, sand is covering many
parts of the reefs, but slowly it is coming back. The fish are still there,
we saw several large grouper (3-4 ft) on every dive, nurse sharks are
everywhere, really large parrot fish (About 3-ft), and the visibility is
still 100-feet plus on most dives. Our night dive produced a dozen

The La Ceba is located a $6.00 US each way cab ride from the Plaza. We
prefer to eat at local small restaurants a couple blocks off the main Plaza
area and skip the chain restaurants altogether. Try Abuelo Gerardo on 10th
Ave just north of Ave Benito Juarez. You may not need a dinner if you eat
all the chips, salsa, and guacamoli, but the dinners are really great too.
Dinner with desert and drinks for five was $83.00 with tip.   
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