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Dive Review of Del Mar Aquatics/Casa Del Mar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Joe Williams, sc, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4743
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palancar reef, Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Eastern and Southern Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
6-8 divers, drift untill boat pick-up, 700psi min. tank reserve  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
two 5 gallon buckets aboard for camera and mask to share, no "helpful
hints" about diver courtesy concerning observing animals from dive
staff...."experienced" divers on this trip could have used some
pointers .
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
  Cozumel has changed much above the surface, but is still excellent below!
 We stayed at Casa Del Mar hotel south of downtown.  Very nice,
inexpensive, and dedicated to serious dive vacationers. Del Mar Aquatics
provided well guided, professional service.
    Saturday boat dives were unspectacular due to the swift current
preventing reasonable observation of anything.  Had trouble keeping up with
my buddy, and the guides had trouble keeping the group in one line.  Not
their fault, but still disappointing.
  Sunday was better, and thanks to Renay's choice for trips (Palancar
Horshoe and Cardona) we sighted and photographed turtles, eels, very large
parrot and angle fish, nurse sharks and even a pair of seahorses.  We took
Monday off to go see PDC, and the wind was so high on Tuesday, the harbor
was closed.  Staff came over to the hotel restaurant at breakfast to notify
  Wednesday saw much improved conditions, and many more creatures,
including stingrays, turtles of all size, a HUGE baracuda, and even a large
octopus at Dalila reef.  Good drift dives through the rest of the week,
which I remember Cozumel to be famous for.
  All in all a great week for the money, and we would return to Casa Del
Mar again.  There are certainly a few other very good dive ops, listed in
the forums and trip reports on Undercurrent.  We had pre-paid 4 days of
diving, which took us untill Thursday to fulfill, due to two days break in
the week.  We gladly booked one more day with Del Mar Aquatics due to their
outstanding service.
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