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

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Marilyn Mitchell, MI, United States (1 report)
Report Number 3825
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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

Water Temp
78   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
90 feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
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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