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

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Henry & Carol Ziller, CO, USA
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5223
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Micronesia, Honduras, Curacao, Cayman, Hawaii, Belize, Tobago,
Bahamas, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Start up with 750 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
A camera bucket is on the dive boat. There are rinse tanks at the hotel
dive operation but we don't use them. We rinse in the bathtub in the room.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 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 fourth trip to Cozumel and all four times we stayed at the El
Cid La Ceba. We could not beat the package deal we got on Expedia and
during low season if your a repeat customer they may upgrade you to a one
bedroom suite. 

There is good shore diving at the La Ceba, but we did three boat dives a
day so we opted for no shore dives. 

Chucho Divers uses a covered 27-feet fast boat with two 75 hp Yamaha
outboards 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 or
docked) of authentic mexican dishes that Chucho makes 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
around 3:00. Chucho is really good at finding unusual things like a
pipefish, and nudi's and knows the area exceptionally well, including the
best restaurants and party spots.

The effects of Hurricane Wilma are still abundant, sand is covering many
parts of the reefs, but slowly it is coming back. I think Cozumel reefs
have the best color in the Caribbean Sea. The fish are still there, we saw
several large grouper (3-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 several octopus.

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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