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

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by richard welk iv, CT, US (1 report)
Report Number 6759
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Roatan Saba Fla Penn Grand Cayman RI Ma
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Del Mar Aquatics specifies , encourages , recommends , safety at all times
. Dive your computer and let dive master know when you are at 1000 psi .  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
I found the crew to be very accommodating to the handling of cameras .
There was a large fresh water barrel on board dedicated to cameras . I had
just purchased a Canon s100 and placed it in a Recsea housing . On this
trip I took 568 photos . 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Well , no fault of the operation or Casa Del Mar , but October weather wise
is a little iffy . I had originally vacationed at Casa Del Mat in August
2012 , and enjoyed it so much I went back in October . It's important to
point out that this is the first time in about 35 years that I have gone on
vacation by myself . If it were not for Sandra at Casa Del Mar I do not
know what I would have done,

From the moment I stepped out of the taxi I was made to feel like family ,
from everybody at the hotel to the dive staff . I had a large clean room
with an enormous bed . The air was cold , plenty of hot water , three
drying pegs outside for my gear , and it was cleaned everyday to perfection
. Can not complain . I also had a TV that I did not have much time to watch

They also offer an all inclusive plan that for , I believe 39 dollars a day
, you get all your meals , drinks, including alcohol , and snacks and tips
. I did not opt for this because I do not eat much . But at the end of my
stay I added up everything I had spent , and it was very very close to that
figure . So it might be something to think about .

When I asked about the dive package , Sandra recommended that because of
the weather it would be better to buy the diving on a daily basis , which
turned out given the weather to be excellent advice . I can not say enough
about Del Mar Aquatics .

I have been going , off and on to Cozumel since 1985 , so lets be honest .
Unless somebody has some secret spot that I am not aware of , most
operators are going to take you to all the same reefs . At that point what
separates one from the other , for me ,is service and safety . With safety
being paramount for me . As long as I feel safe I will dive anywhere under
any conditions .  

When I was there , we had excellent pre dive briefings . Pointing out to us
what to expect and also what was expected of us . Once you set your gear up
for the first time , from that point on , if you wanted , you never touched
your gear again , until you picked it up on the dock . The boats are large
and comfortable , and for the most part rode pretty dry .

The dive masters are very astute at pointing out , even the most miniscule
critter to the point where I kept asking , what the heck are you pointing
at ?? If there were new divers on board , and we had a few , they were
always made to feel at ease , and the dive masters always kept their eyes
on them . Especially when air consumption was in question .

It was a very relaxing , affordable , and enjoyable vacation .

Oh I almost forgot to mention how Sandra hooked me up with YUCATEK in Playa
Del Carmen to do some cenote diving . Another very professional dive
operation that I was very satisfied with . If you have the opportunity or
the desire to try cenote diving I would highly recommend Yucatek .  
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