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Dive Review of Dressel Divers/Iberostar Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Dori, MD, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4606
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Many islands in the Caribbean, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Micronesia,
Fiji, Japan, Malasia, South China Sea, Pacific and the Atlantic.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dove 32% Nitrox, max. depth limited to 100 feet. Morning dives up to 60 to
65 min each dive, afternoons usually 45 to 55 min. They let you use your
air or bottom time up, no rush back to the boat as with other Cozumel
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
They keep a camera rinse tank on board and hand and retrieve your cameras
for you while you are in the water. They do allow mask cleaning in camera
tank. There are camera rentals available for those in need of a camera.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
     I Wish I knew that you could get a 15% internet discount by booking in
advance. They take Credit cards and offer 5% discount for cash. Very well
run operation, each days diving is pre-planned on a huge board in the dive
shop for two tank AM dives and 2 tank PM dives. You are allowed to dive
your 2 tanks anytime you wish, AM or PM or combination of both. Special
trips to Maricaibo pre-planned, no extra charge. Back to the dock between
all dives except Maricaibo, then surface interval on the boat. They do not
go to Devils Throat but do go just about anywhere else. Paul (British) is
the manager and his staff is excellent. We dove 6 days and had different
DM's on all days, all very qualified. They do require buddies to ascend and
exit together when one is getting low on air but allow rest of group to
continue with dive uninterrupted so pick your buddy carefully if you don't
have one or you might be ending dives earlier that you would like. DM
inflates sausage so that boat arrives to pick up divers and you must come
up near the sausage.     Nice big dive boats able to handle up to 16 divers
plus DM's. We never had a group larger than 8 + DM, 2 DM's on each boat and
you dive with your group. Stern of boat is always 1st group and bow 2nd.
Into water seprately so that you don't conflict underwater. No charge for
Nitrox and they encourage you to use it. We saw many turtles, 1 pod of 9
dolphins, a few nurse sharks, 3 big spotted eagle rays and some big Cabera
& Grouper. Corals are recovering from the hurricane and still have lots
of sand on them but the coral heads are still impressive, good fish life.
They do not allow gloves or knives and the reserve is now patrolled to
check on compliance. $75 per 2 tank dives + $2 a day reserve fee (even for
sailing, kiyaking or snorkeling) and a voluntary chamber fee. Rates go as
low as $63 per 2 tanks if you buy a 12 tank package. They offer a trip to
the Playa Del Carmin Iberostar to do a AM bull shark dive and a PM Tortuga
(turtle) Reef dive. We saw 4 to 5 huge bull sharks @ 70 feet on a sandy
bottom and they are usually there. The 2nd dive is a fast current and we
did see 6 or 7 turtles but the main attraction is the bull shark dive. Cost
$120 PP plus the cost of the dives.
     The hotel is an all inclusive and is also very nice and well
maintained. Rooms not too large but adequite. Only 2 specialty restaurants,
Mexican and the Steak house, book early upon arrival, they run out or
reservations quickly because you can book 3 all at once for your stay. Nice
pool and bars on the beach, pool, lunch spot and of course main dining
room. Sandy beach but difficult water entrance due to hard corals right on
the edge of the water. You really have to use the boat pier to get into the
water. Good security and all staff very friendly and helpful. Safes located
in each room, no extra charge. Rooms made up daily. Very responsive to any
difficulties. Our safe didn't work properly and someone was there to fix it
before I could find a bar. 
     The main attraction to us was that the resort is at the southern end
of the island and it's only a 5 to 10 minute boat ride to most great sites.
We departed around 8:15 AM and were back done with out 2 dives and ready
for lunch by 12:00 to 12:30 each day. I don't think I'll ever dive Cozumel
from town again, this was too convenient. 
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