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

Dive House/Fiesta Americana, Jan, 2008,

by Marilyn Mitchell, MI, United States ( 1 report). Report 3825.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving South Caicos, Grand Turk, Roatan, all three Cayman Islands, BVI, USVI, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 90 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 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 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Dive House was a well run and organized operation. The check in procedure was handled efficiently. The dive guides and boat crew were helpful, professional and very aware of each diver, both on the boat and in the water. The dive guides were great at finding critters, especially the Splendid Toadfish and some of the tiniest juvenile spotted drums we've ever seen. One was no bigger than a good sized bumblebee. It must have been the season for babies! We were in Cozumel the last time in May 2006 and this time, we noticed the reef has continued to come back from the devastation of the hurricanes. We saw some huge midnight parrotfish, rainbow parrotfish and tiger groupers, as well as the biggest porcupinefish we've ever seen, at Punta Tuniche. The boats were in good condition and carried oxygen, first aid supplies and a radio. Except for one, the boats were open on all sides under the bridge, so on the two days that it was cool and rainy, we were unable to get much shelter, resulting in a chilly surface interval and ride back to the resort for some of the divers. Luckily we had fleece jackets with us, which got wet but still provided some warmth. I would recommend taking a lightweight, waterproof jacket for the occasional rainy day. The boats all had working heads, dry storage areas, a rinse tank for cameras and a cooler holding water and pop. Entry is by giant stride and at the end of the dive, we handed our BCs and fins to a crew member and came up the ladder. There are 60 or so lockers available for use by divers. (Bring your own lock.) Although there is no place to hang wetsuits to dry, we just took ours back to hang on our balcony each day. All in all, we were very impressed by Dive House and the staff assembled by Juan and Evelyn, the owners.

We also liked Fiesta Americana very much! The rooms were large and comfortable, and each room had a balcony or patio. The bed was hard but we had no trouble sleeping after a full day! If you like reading in bed, take a book light with you, as the lighting in the rooms isn't conducive. Amenities include WiFi, a pool table, ping pong table, bar and gathering area with TV in the large lobby, a large multi-level pool with comfortable lounges and swim up bar just off the lobby, a smaller pool at the beach club across the street, and a sand volleyball court and soccer field. For those who don't bring their own laptops, there is a computer available for $2.00 per half hour. There are three restaurants and guests can choose an all-inclusive plan if they wish, which includes all meals and drinks. The food ranged from adequate to very good. We could always find something we liked. Choices were always available for vegetarians, including some entrees, like pasta, as well as salads and fresh fruit. The hotel was clean and attractive.

My husband, Gary Sundermann, and I enjoyed our trip very much and plan to return to both Dive House and the Fiesta Americana.
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