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Dive Review of Dive with Martin/Casa del Mar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Steve & Cathy Mason, Michigan, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4684
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize Atolls, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, St Lucia, Florida Keys, French
Polynesia, Great Lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time and depth for each dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We have made many trips to dive in Cozumel over the years and it is one of
our favorite spots in the Caribbean. This was our first time with Dive with
Martin. When I checked them out online, they seemed to fit our style,
relaxed diving with lots of bottom time and snooping around to find
interesting things. Emails exchanged before we went led us to believe we
would have all the bottom time that we had air for. I asked for aluminum
100's since they did not have steel tanks for the first deep dive. Their
shop is inside the International Cruise Pier shopping area so getting to
their shop can be a challenge if you are not a cruiser. They had agreed to
pick us up at our dock so we didn't think that it would be a problem. Our
first dive day was canceled when the port was closed. After the first dive
we found that they have all timed dives and you come up when the first
person gets low which was about 30 minutes, That meant we were getting back
on board with 1500psi left. The second dive was 45 minutes and again we had
air for a lot more time. The weather was windy so they could not pick us up
at our dock every morning due to the waves. We had to meet them at the
south marina for two of the four days we dove. We always have a rental car
so we can enjoy the East side of the island so that was no problem for us
but others had to pay taxi's to get there.  Our first divemaster seemed in
a hurry to get as much reef covered as possible, not what I want to do in
Cozumel. All seven divers the next day agreed that he needed to slow down
so I asked him to take his time and allow us to look around. He agreed and
then jumped in and we did the same bicycle race to the end. I don't
understand why you would swim so hard with a current that takes you over
the reef. Swimming with the current makes it impossible to stop and take
pictures or just enjoy the sea life. Our second dive master was a big
change and did an excellent job of stopping and looking at interesting
things on the reef. It just goes to show how one person can change your
experience. Overall I would not have chosen Dive with Martin again until we
had the second dive master. I would dive with him again at Dive with
Martin. The price was great for a week and we got a very nice video as part
of our package which was a nice touch. They also refunded our canceled day
with no problem. The boats were a little larger than the average six pack
outboard. There were fast and we did the normal backroll entry with a
ladder exit. The best thing for me was that they leave early to get out
ahead of the crowds so we dove without seeing any other divers on the
morning dives.
Casa del Mar was our first lower priced hotel in Cozumel. We usually had
the family and went for the all inclusive. Casa was great and very clean.
The rooms were diver friendly and the staff was very helpful. Nice place
for divers to stay and I think everyone there was a diver.
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