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

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Hall, CA, USA
Report Number 2941
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Fiji. Cayman Islands.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Dive with Martin March 2006

I had previously written a very good report on Dive with Martin(2004).  I
now wish to retract that positive report.  We were originally scheduled to
go to Cozumel in October 2005,the week that Hurricane Wilma  hit.  We were
going to stay at the La Ceiba which is just 200 feet or so from the cruise
ship dock where Martin has his operation.  When we rescheduled for March,
2006, because of unrepaired hurricane damage the only place we could stay
was Hotel Cozumel much further away (about 2 miles).  I called Martin and
asked if this would be a problem and whether he could pick us up at the
dock, and he said No problem.  For the first night dive, when I called to
see what time they would pick me up, I was told to get a cab to the cruise
ship dock.  I pointed out that I had been told I would be picked up at the
hotel, so he relented and picked me up and returned me to the Hotels dock.
 For the second night dive I did, I again called and they again said that I
had to get myself  to the cruise ship dock and I again pointed out to him
that he had agreed to pick me up at the hotel dock, so he relented.  At the
end of the dive, I was put out at the cruise ship dock and told to get a
cab home!  I protested to Martin (who claimed that he was not Martin), but
to no avail.  So I had to get a cab home with my gear.  I felt this was a
VERY poor way to treat a guest and I will NEVER dive with Martin again and
I am sorry that I ever had good things to say about his operation.

The Hotel Cozumel was newly renovated thanks to Wilma.  They were one of
the first hotels to get windows- I understand from a local that this was
because they did not have to wait for insurance money- they were able to
finance their own repairs. The room was very nice and had a layout
conducive to breezes and had a drying rack for dive gear on the small
balcony area.  Overall, I would give the Hotel an 8 out of 10.  We did not
have the all- inclusive, so I cannot comment on food.

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