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

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Scott, CA, usa
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports)
Report Number 2582
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Galapagos, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Sipadan, Red Sea, Bali, T&C
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
none i was with a group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
After reading Ben Davidsons report on Holbox 2004I had to visit it
myself. What a trip. I have never seen a WhaleSharkwell I saw more than an
eyeful. About 20 WhaleSharks the first day also Mantas and Dolphins. The
second day about the same number, it is really hard to tell if you are
swimming with that many as you do not know if the one you just swam with
was the same one or notbut the waters are filled with them. It is mid July
and I jumped in the water with a T-shirt and shortsYikes! That water was
somewhere around 76 to 78 degreesJumped back on board for my 2mm shortie!
These are magnificent creatures and Holbox is a unique and a wonderful
little town. Great food and Great Ice Cream (Maresas homemadeYum)! The
good thing is the Mexican government is putting restrictions on the number
of boats they let in the water, only bio degradable suntan lotion, only two
divers and 10 minutes at a time in the water. I expect more restrictions in
the future and as reports like this will make it more popular and the costs
will go up. Stayed at the Puerto Holbox, Victor is the owner and made me
feel like it was home, beautiful beach and rooms.Bring your bug spray!
What a great place and unique experience.  

I dove Cozumel last year and was impressed with the reefs/corals. This year
it looks like moderate to heavy snowsWilma did a numberbut still some
great drift dives.and sea life.water about 84 does not seem
like Cozumel is my kind of diving.But I have enjoyed both times I have
been here.guess I love the currents and great drift diving and the beauty
of the swim throughs. Stayed at the Casa Del Mar.Very Good dive operation,
Renee, the other DMs, boat Captains were great, also the accommodations,
restaurant and menu were A+. 

Both Cozumel and Holbox are still rebuilding from Wilma. They are doing a
great job and everyone visiting the area may find it not being 100%....but
they have contingencies in place.
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