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Dive Review of Dive With Cristina in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Flaksman, MO, usa
Report Number 2129
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Bahamas, Aruba, USVI, Belize, Honduras
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We dived as a group, Cristina or Luis enforced the depth limit, but we all
had computers, so were a little independent above the depth limit.  Divers
who used their air first were up first, the rest of us continued on.  The
boat was right over us.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Dive With Cristina as a private dive operation by Cristina Roman, who has
been a dive instructor for years. Her boat is the Nena, a converted freight
boat, a 42-footer equipped with weather curtains, stereo, DAN Oxygen, DAN
first aid, and a sun deck.  There is plenty of shade. There is a head.  Her
prices are fair and generally include a home-made lunch.  Her guacamole is
the best around.  There are plenty of soft-drinks and water. No alcohol on
the boat.  The Nena crew is well trained and very helpful, getting our gear
put together and onto us, and right on the spot to help us out of the
water.  They had us take our gear off in the water and hauled it up for us,
the last thing off before our ladder climb was the fins.  There is a fresh
water hose on the Nena and the water is heated by the engine compartment. 

Cristina herself is an excellent guide, probably the best we've had. She
pays close attention to novices, almost like taking them "under her
wing". She helped one party in our group with a mask-clearing drill on
a sandy part of the reef.  Her pre-dive briefings were extensive, and
during the 1 1/2 hour surface interview she was able to give plenty of
pointers to divers who wanted them. There were two younger divers in our
group, 11 and 13 year old sisters. They were really good! They and their
parents went as a family.  Since there were ten of us total, we had two

It was a very laid-back dive experience, but very professional.  The Nena
is definitely not a fast boat, but for those who don't have to be the first
divers at Santa Rosa or Columbia, this is the dive op to go with.  There's
a website:
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