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

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Paul and Donna Lima, TN, US (27 reports)
Report Number 2467

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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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