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Dive Review of Dive House/Caribbean Princess in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Dive House/Caribbean Princess, May, 2006,

by Paul and Donna Lima, TN, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports). Report 2467.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Maui, Big Island, Cayman Islands, Roatan, Belize, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas noCurrents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions stay behind and above divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Booked a shore dive with Caribbean Princess and had good luck with Dive House. Our divemaster, David, was excellent, giving a thorough briefing on the drift diving necessary in Cozumel. Some people on board appeared to have become somewhat anxious because of the thoroughness and the discussion of various possible contingencies. They asked what we wanted to dive and based on consensus went to Santa Rosa Wall for the swimthroughs. It was a long (50 minute) trip out but testament to their willingness to provide a quality experience for people who would dive with them once and then sail away. We went in two groups, each group waiting on the surface and then descending en masse in order to remain together in the significant current. I was impressed with the constant counting of divers by the lead and sweep divemasters. Safety certainly seems paramount in this operation. Entering a swimthrough another (inexperienced) diver cut in front and entered. Suddenly he lost his weight belt which landed directly in front of my mask. He ended up on the ceiling. I started to grab the weight belt but the sweep divemaster had seen what happened and came up and rapidly reattached the weight belt to the diver. This is not the place for divers with 8 dives! Talking with the diver later he said he had panicked after the incident and had been highly anxious in the relentless current. At the end of the dive we moved onto sand flats, surfaced as a group and were picked up by the boat which had been trailing our bubbles. I had been apprehensive about diving in Mexico (brought my own equipment) but was reassured by Dive House which had good equipment, a roomy boat and excellent safety procedures. They provided bottle water and soft drinks and attentive service was not limited to the water. As soon as they saw someone had finished a soft drink, a crew member was there to take the empty and stow it.
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