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

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by William Ungerman, CA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4553
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Pacific, Indian Ocean, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum depth first dive 80 feet.  Second dive 60 feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
UWP not specifically catered too oter than a rinse tank on board.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
The Fiesta Americana was perfect for us.  We were, without asking, upgraded
to an oceanfront room.  The entire staff was cordial and accomodating,
friendly and professional.  The food was superb and I highly recommend the
"all-inclusive" meal and drink package.  It is well worth it. 
The Fiesta Americana is a couple miles south of town, away from the
frenetic hustle of San Miguel where you have to run a gauntlet of hawkers
and vendors trying to sell you everything from timeshares to chicklets. 
It's crazy and utterly unlike what Cozumel used to be, say even ten years
ago.  Putting that cruise ship dock across the south end of Paradise Reef
changed the whole dynamic.  The town of San Miguel is like Waikiki Beach or
Cancun now.  There were never less than three (and most tiimes four) crusie
ships at dock at any one time.  Fortunately, once you pass out of town,
Cozumel stills retains most of it's hiterto rustic charm.  The Mexican
people always retained their charm.

The diving is still great and some of the best in the Caribbean.   However,
the shallow reefs are still covered in sand from the hurricanes but appear
to be slowly recovering.  The marine life seems about like it always was. 
Dive House is the on-site dive operation and is reputable and respected. 
They earned that respect as far as we were concerned.  They have a fleet of
well laid out boats of varying sizes, mostly built for diver comfort,
safety, and convenience rather than speed.  They may have a
"six-pack" speedboat but I didn't see it.  Their rental gear is
mostly ScubaPro and in first class shape and well maintained.  Nitrox is
available in 32% and 36% at $10.00 per tank.  Barracuda and San Juan dive
sites won't be dived anymore, at least by Dive House because of the
rigamorole involved getting harbor Master consent.  Diving to Punta Sur,
Maracaibo and points beyond are by special request only and require six
people and extra money.  

The dive guides and shop personnel were top notch.  You couldn't ask for
more from these guys.  And to all that, there was no tip pressure
whatsoever.  They deserved it but never had their hat in their hand like
beggars.  These people were professional.  I highly recommend both this
hotel and this dive operation for your next trip to Cozumel.
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