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Dive Review of Dive with Cristina/Fiesta Americana in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Annette Lohman, CA, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 4716
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Roatan, Maya Riviera (Cenotes), Fiji, Philippines, California, La
Paz (Mexico)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dove Nitrox 36 -- depth limits 95 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No separate wash bucket for cameras.  However hose with fresh water
available for rinse off.  No table for working but large flat surface for
seating and spreading photog gear out and setting up.  42 foot boat takes a
limited load so there is plenty of room for working with cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Cristina is an enthusiastic and mature divemaster with love for the ocean. 
She knows the reefs like the back of her hand and knew all the great places
to find the fish that we go to Cozumel to photograph.   In one of my shots
I had three juvenile spotted drums together! She will be very firm with
divers -- especially new divers -- to make sure they pay attention to
important safety issues especially when the current is flying. Once she
knows your skill level (has seen you in the water) she relaxes.  Her boat
provides a great lunch -- not the standard tasteless stuff to get you
through the dive.  She does not hurry surface intervals.  They averaged
between 1-1/2 and 2 hours.  I loved diving with her.

Fiesta Americana is several miles out of town close to Caleta Marina where
many of the dive boats sail from.  It is a very nice comfortable hotel. 
Ground floor rooms are not good for divers as you cannot hang out your gear
to dry on the patios.  Ask for a room higher up.  Some have hooks to hang
BCs or other stuff from.  

Divers can wait on the pier across the street for the dive company of their
choice to pick them up. You need to check with your dive operation ahead of
time to see if they will pick you up. The beach is public and there is a
company that runs a dive operation right there from which you can rent
tanks to shore dive.  They also have a dive boat operation but I did not
use them so I have no comment.  
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