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

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Hansen, CA, US
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Report Number 6779
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Baja California, British Columbia, Hawaii, Florida, Cayman
Islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Bahamas, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
77   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
One hour dive time max, come up with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
The Fiesta Americana is showing its age.  It is clean, but pretty worn. 
The food is served cafeteria style, and it is what one would expect in a
cafeteria.  You could make a reservation at the restaurant, but the food
was prepared in the same kitchen, so it wasn't any better.
I found the diving to be surprisingly good.  As an underwater photographer,
I found that if I stayed in one spot too long, another dive group would
come by in the current.  It was like one big conveyor belt of divers.  Once
after surfacing, I found myself surrounded by seven different dive boats. 
In spite of the intense diving pressure, the reefs seemed to be in
remarkably good shape.  The Dive House boats were quite crowded for the
morning dives; the afternoon dives had significantly fewer divers on board.
 The dive guides were generally not very good about keeping track of all of
the divers.  Fortunately, no one was injured or lost while we were there. 
The currents can be strong, and the guides were pretty good about reading
the water and avoiding sites with excessive or difficult currents.  The
dive equipment storage area had small lockers for the baskets.  If you
intend to go with this operator, you may want to bring your own lock (with
a thin hasp), as they charge a steep price to buy one of theirs.
Overall, the operation is run fairly well.  Due to the large numbers of
divers on the morning dives, you can't expect much in the way of
personalized service.  I would consider diving with them again.
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