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

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Rickie Sterne & Chrisanda Butt, Arkansas, USA
Report Number 380
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Belize,& Sea of Cortez by liveaboard, Roatan, and Arkansas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
This is Cozumel: stay with the divemaster (although o one dive, DM Pablo
stayed in the water with just the two of us for ten minutes after the other
divers ran out of air)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
    Unhappy about increased airfares, we wondered if we really should have
booked this trip to Cozumel.  The answer: a resounding yes.  This trip was
our third with Dive with Martin.  Rickie, a professional pessimist,
wondered if we had just gotten lucky on our first two trips.  Since
Martin's service has, in our experience, improved with each year, even
Rickie has decided that DWM is just a good dive operator.  Pablo and
Orlando were very good divemasters.  Pablo has an amazing eye for finding
the tiny critters that I love.  Orlando bailed me out when I ran low on air
during the rest stop at Barracuda, and he lured a splendid toadfish out
into the open.  We were taken to the beautiful deep sites on Columbia and
Palancar and to the north end of the island to dive Barracuda Reef and San
Juan Wall.  There was no extra charge for trips to the north end.  We saw
turtles every day we dove.  We encountered spotted eagle rays four days out
of six. We saw octopus by night and by day, a total of six splendid
toadfish, longsnout sea horses and pipefish, nurse sharks, one blacktip
reef shark,numerous morays, and the full roster of angelfish, parrotfish,
and butterflyfish.  There were small schools of grunts, snappers, and chub,
and we saw quite a few juvenile fish.  Some world-travelling divers on the
boat proclaimed Cozumel's reefs to be "in better shape than many
places."  The night dive on Paradise Reef (included in our package)
was again a real treat. Hotel Bahia remains a scrupulously clean, spacious,
and inexpensive option for those of us who prefer to spend our afternoon in
the coffee house rather than on the beach.  We crossed the line from
tourist to traveller and started eating from street vendors.  Cheap,
delicious, and safe.  La Loncheria Mi Chabelita offers large, varied, and
tasty blue plate specials.  We booked our trip through Tony at Diving
Adventures, and his arrangements were, as usual, flawless.  Getting through
customs in Houston took over an hour, but we had already missed our
connnecting flight anyway since our plane was late arriving in Cozumel for
unexplained reasons.  We took a nitrox course from DWM, and Fernando aka
Monstro was a good teacher who went beyond the PADI manual.  We have both
been teachers, and thought the quality and content of his instruction were
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