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

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Lima, TN, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports)
Report Number 4626
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Florida, Cayman Islands, Roatan, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
follow divemaster, 80 ft. max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
dedicated fresh water rinse container on board
plenty of room for equipment
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
Second time diving with Dive House and again very pleased with the large,
clean vessel, competent staff and choice of sites. David provided detailed
briefings about the sites and about exit and entry procedures. Due to
strong NW winds they could not pick us up at the ship and we had to taxi
(provided) to a nearby marina where we boarded. Gear requirements had been
completed on board ship and there was plenty of choice in various sizes
available. Once choices had been made the remaining gear was bagged up and
returned to the dive store dock as we passed by. The gear was generally
good quality though we only rented a BCD, having brought the rest. There
was plenty of water as well as various bottled soft drinks available and
the crew was quick to take and stow empties for you. A 40 minute ride south
to the first dive site, Santa Rosa wall. The procedure was to gear up and
shuffle to the dive platform with the aid of a crewmember, then giant
stride in. Returning to a trailing line the procedure was to remove fins
and hand them up, then stand on the ladder, hand off the weight belt and
then the BCD before climbing on deck. A crew member was on the dive
platform and one was in the water by the ladder such that they did all the
heavy lifting.  I was light and had difficulty submerging but was spotted
quickly by Manuel who added the exact required additional weight while in
the water. Strong currents in midlevels but manageable as one got closer to
the wall. Several swim-throughs though little life as recent hurricanes had
deposited white sand over everything. After an hour surface interval we
motored north to Punta Tunich which turned out to be an excellent dive with
moderate currents. We glided effortlessly over rolling terrain at the edge
of the wall, lush with growth and teeming with sea life. The largest angel
fish I have yet seen (french, grey, queen) and none were skittish. Schools
of various fish under overhangs and in the lee of rocks. The highlight was
a huge turtle eating, accompanied by a grouping of angels, the entire
aggregation the size of a Volkswagen (and I chose not to take my camera on
this dive). None of them paid the slightest attention to our group as we
drifted by. After surfacing we found the wind had diminished sufficiently
to motor directly to the pier. Under the conditions we encountered this was
definitely not for beginners. In retrospect a fleece jacket would have been
nice since it was a rather cold wind and few places (other than the head)
to get out of it.
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