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

September, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Frank Nelson, PA, US
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6242
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caymans,Micronesia,Egypt,Bonaire,All of East Coast,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Once DM/Inst got to know you there were no restrictions except for the
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
There was a small bucket on the boat but it was used for everything.  The
captain and mate would hand the camera to you after the entry and would
take the camera from you before reentry.  They would put camera into the
bucket after the dive if water(fresh) was still available.  Most dives were
max 15 minutes from the shop. Very friendly and careful to camera and
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Very enviromentally conscientious, good dive briefings, very professional
and watchful for newbies. There was no anchoring so everything was done as
drift dive. No set pattern for reboarding, sometimes all gear was removed
and handed up, other times just fins and weight belt, other times just
fins. Went out of way to find and point out critters. Front desk handled
everything exemplary.  Christian, Rhett, Alehandro, were extremely
professional and capable of handling any situation. Boat carried max of 8
divers plus DM's. There was O2 on board and all DM's certified to
administer.  The DM's even carried some divers gear onto and off the boat
due to age/back problems.  Nice touch.  There was no dock so you had to
carry all your gear thru the surf to the boat.  Tanks were already on the
boat. Equipment room personnel took gear box in and out everyday and hung
up wetsuit.  At times I thought I had a valet because they wanted to rinse
and store my gear.Any kind of questions they answered, and if not knowing
the answer(rare) they would find it out.  Cenote dives very good.  Only
problem was the time it took.  Had to leave Iberostar then go into Playa to
pick up other divers, then go to Barcelo to get tanks and gear, then
finally to cenote.  I've done this before so I knew what to expect.  The
cave instructor (Julian, Matt)gave a history lesson of the cenote system
and really stressed neutral buoyancy.  They checked everything on everyone
before entering cenote.  What a sight!  No matter how many times I do the
cenotes and even repeat some I never tire of them. Simply breathtaking
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