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

Dive With Martin/Hotel Cozumel, May, 2009,

by Larry Sensenig, IA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4824.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 79 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 90 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum depth was indicated for each dive. Surface with 700 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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