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Dive Review of Dive Mike/Iberostar Tucan in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Playa Del Carmen

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Driskill, California, USA
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Report Number 1933
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
California Channel Islands and Southern California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Air consumption  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Dive Mike in Playa Del Carmen (PDC), is a safe and reliable operator. That
being said, Mike the owner is looking to sell his business so I only hope
that whoever buys it will continue with the laid back, high quality service
he currently promotes. We purchased a package of dives that included open
water in both PDC, Cozumel, and cenote cavern dives. In PDC and the cenote
the ratio of divers to dive master ranged 2:1 up to 5:1 max, except in
Cozumel. All the boats were covered so we always had sun and rain
protection. All dives were scheduled 2 tank dives. All dives were drift
dives. There is definitely a range of diving to be experienced in and
around PDC. We saw lots of turtles, barrel sponges, big Tarpons, barracuda,
and lots of little colorful fish. We would recommend diving the cenotes for
an experience unlike ocean diving. 
We were advised that due to the intensive Hurricane season in the Atlantic
and Caribbean seas that currents were a  bit stronger than usual, at some
point that became an understatement. Please avoid Scuba Staff in Cozumel.
Our experience was they do not place a high priority on safety nor pre dive
communication. They took 8 divers with varying skill and certification
levels and did an intermediate wall dive with a wicked current that pulled
at your regulator. No problem for 4 of us, but at least 3 of the other
divers was bouncing off the coral like a southern California beach
Overall, PDC is nice place for beginner and intermediate divers. If you
want a Disney land e-ticket ride go to Cozumel. You know perhaps we just
might do that next time!!
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