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Dive Review of Dive With Martin/Plaza Las Glorias in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by William & Frances Ungerman, CA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1120
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Sipidan, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Truk, Yap, Hawaii,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 130    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Dive your own profile within limits, i.e., stay above the dive guide.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Not set up for UWP.  No rinse buckets or anything else related to UWP.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Here's the good, the bad and the ...well, you know.  Dive With Martin has
five or six fast boats and is headquarted at the International Pier.  We
stayed at the Plaza Las Glorias which is about two miles north of the Pier.
 We booked a week of three boat dives a day (five days, two AM, one PM). 
Now the problem is DWM would not come and get us for the PM dive.  Our
options were to stay with the boat while they re-provisioned at their shop
and miss lunch or forget the PM dives.  They relented on our last dive day
and took us to the C-53 wreck only because I mumbled something about
Undercurrent reviews.  

Now, DWM's web site states unequivocally that you have the option to go out
on the 0730 or 0900 boat and again at 1330 and 1500.  BS.  There is no 0900
or 1500 boat and, for us, there was no 1330 boat, although if you were
lodged at a facility south of the Int'l Pier, they would pick you up. 
Thus, we lost four PM dives.  We elected to dive Nitrox at $9.00 per tank
extra.  They will provide any percent you want, presumably to 40%.  We dove
mostly NOAA 1 and II (32% and 36%, second dive).  When asked for the oxygen
analyzer, the week-long response was, "it's on another boat, Lo siento
amigo."  We had to take their word for the tank gas content or forget
Nitrox.  But there is the free video and night dive when you book a
package, although the video is generic and unedited with an attrocious
choice of background music.  

While bringing up my wife's BC out of the water, the dive crew smashed her
octo, nonchantly shrugged it off, accepted no responsibility nor offered
any apology.  They provided her a substitute but anguished over having to
install it every dive day.  "Pablo" the Dive guide shrugged and
tried to convince her she didn't need one.  Oh well.

Notwithstanding, the guides were extremely acomodating as to dive sites. 
We never did the same site twice and did The Devil's Throat and Maracaibo
without a flinch or request for extra dinero.  Tips, of course.  They
however would not go to San Juan and Barracuda stating the currents were
too severe, "this time of year."  That was as the Del Mar
Aquatics boat was returning from both sites.  Aside from
"Pablo's" slight intransigence and occasional smarmy atitude, the
guides and crew were knowledgeable and professional.  Fruit and bottled
water was provided between dives.  We got to see an alligator in the water,
ostensibly washed down into the sea after three days of torrential rain in

Twice in five days divers with us ran out of air.  Pablo took a look at one
guy and immediately attached a ten-foot octo to his reg.  Sure enough,
twenty minutes into the dive Junior was out of air.  He was attached by the
umbilical cord for the balance of the dive.  The second incident involved
omitted decompression.  The diver surfaced eight minutes short of full
decompression because he ran out of air.  Never saw him again.

The covered boats are all extremely fast with twin Yamaha 115 HP outboards.
 In five days of diving we saw the biggest Green Moray on the planet (I
shoot you not, ten feet if it was an inch).  Also the biggest Jew Fish
('scuse me, "Goliath Grouper").  Marine life was good to
excellent and viz your usual Cozumel great.  Currents were mild compared to
to some previous trips here.  The seas were flat. This is the first trip I
never had to use Dramaamine.  Coming up from three dives it was pouring
rain, which lasted about twenty minutes, than back to 97 degrees and sun. 
The entire reef has been declared a "Parque Nacional," and is so
tagged U/W.  None of the operators bother to provide divers with the
requisite wrist bands except on those days everybody knows the park police
are checking.  

The Plaza Las Glorias has been sold and will soon be renovated or torn
down.  None too soon.  ALthough still nice, it is showing wear and there
isn't much maintenance being done.  On our last day the maid decided to
sweeten the deal and bagged my gold chain left on the night stand.  I kick
myself for not using the room safe.  

San Miguel has changed unalterably since our last sojourn, nine years ago. 
Hordes of cruise ship pasengers clog the streets and condo hawkers waylay
you.  It's starting to look like downtown Charlotte Amalie.  Once you leave
town, it's still the same old Cozumel.  Chankaanab Park has raised the fees
to $12.00 US per person but you can SNUBA or bounce on aerial trampolines
for a few dolars more.  Don't rent a car from "JE REntals."  We
did.  It had no shockes, A/C, someone ripped out the radio, the sun visor
fell off while I was driving, the convertible top didn't work, the windows
didn't roll down and the steering wheel was off a Tonka Toy.  It was like
driving a Disneyland Autopia car, but not as much fun.

In conclusion, Cozumel is still a great vacation spot for divers.  Check ot
Coco's on the Hill and the 30 albums of bare breasted chicks who've hung it
all out.  Eating at Ernesto's for Fahitas used to cost five bucks.  Four of
us chowed down (two of them kids) and it cost $75.00 and that didn't
include La Propina.  I hate being negative, so I'll end on a high note. 
The diving was great and despite a few setback, a fun time was had by all.
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