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Dive Review of Dive With Martin/Hotel Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Sensenig, IA, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 4824
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Jamaica, Bonne Terre Mine
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
90   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum depth was indicated for each dive. Surface with 700 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
My wife and I were in Cozumel May 13-May 21, 2009 as instructors to 20
college students on a Morningside College May Term experience. The group
stayed at Hotel Cozumel. This hotel is a favorite of ours with above
average accomodations, a nice pool and the ability to walk downtown for
evening meals. I had the opportunity to dive on two different days. This
was my first trip to Cozumel since hurricane Wilma in 2005. Most of my
Cozumel diving has been with Dive Paradise, but this time I booked with
Dive With Martin for something different. Boats were small (held 8 divers
max) but fast. I enjoyed being back at the hotel dock after two morning
dives by 12:30 pm. Back roll entry to start each dive and a ladder for boat
entry. The dive masters were knowledgable, giving good dive briefings
before each dive as well as poining out small critters. Tanks always filled
at 3000 psi. Maximum depth was 85 feet. Always began assent with 700 psi.
First dives were at Santa Rosa and El Cedral. Second day's dives were on
Palancar Bricks and Chunkannab Reef. Between each days dives they served
bottled water and fruit. Over the course of two days of diving I saw queen
angles, french angles, barracuda, french and small mouth grunts, grouper,
sergeant majors, two nurse sharks, turtles, rays, spotted moray and many
schooling fish I wish I could identify. The swim throughs at Palancar
Bricks were exceptional. Although some of the colorful coral is no longer
there post Wilma, the diving is still worth the trip. Evening meals at
Prima's (both old and new locations), El Moro, La Mission, and Casa Denis
were very good. Service was exceptional being that no cruse ships were
stopping at the island because of the H1N1 flu scare. Cozumel remains a
world class dive destination.
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