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Dive Review of Dive House/Fiesta Americana in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel, Q Roo

May, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Don Reed, SC, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3495
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
all Caymans; Honduras; Coco Is, Costa Rica; Belize; BVI; Yap; Palau; off
Hilton Head, SC; Antigua; Saba; both liveaboards and land-based.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive House does escorted dives w/ 2 DMs; the 2 morning dives are a wall
dive ~100 ft, and a shallow dive @ ~50'. Depending on DM you can stay down
as long as air holds out; almost everybody is using computers now so deco
not really a problem.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We have been to Fiesta Americana (FA) and Dive House (DH) many times
because they are always very dependable.  FA is about 5 km south of town
(about $5 for taxi each way), on the beach, and DH has their facility right
there, although their main office is on the square in town.  We usually do
the 2 morning dives (on Nitrox) and hit the beach in the afternoon.  Reefs
and fish have made very good progress recovering from the hurricanes that
have pounded the area in the last three years, but damage is still clear.
Diving is pretty simple drift diving, and really experienced young divers
might not enjoy the casual ease of these dives.  It has been said that Coz
is overdived, and that may be true, but it's still fun.  We've been going
for 10+ years, as much for the town as for the diving. 
FA has an all-inclusive plan, but we always eat dinner in Cozumel proper;
the costs are slightly greater to eat in town, but not much.  There are
many excellent restaurants (Wyndham, Onsu, Primavera's, La Mission, La
Choza) as well as Carlos & Charlie's and Senor Frog's.  Not sure where
Margaritaville fits in that scene, but food and drink  there were good. 
There are many local restaurants a few blocks off the water where the
prices are a LOT cheaper.    
If you've never been, be aware that the US divers have essentially imposed
a US economy on Cozumel, so don't expect cheap.  But the people there are
all very friendly and helpful, and that makes up for the prices.
We were on our anniversary trip, so we splurged and ate at the top end
restaurants.  Estimated dinners (food and at least one bottle of wine each
night) for two was about $800 total for 8 nights, but some friends were
included in that amount to an unknown extent.  Hotel (including breakfast,
lunch, beach bar, and gratuities) was $1600, and the diving was $1000,
including Nitrox on all dives.  We arrived on a Thursday about noon and did
a shore dive to check wts, etc, and left on Friday a week later.
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