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

Dressel Divers/Iberostar Paraiso Maya, Sep, 2011,

by Frank Nelson, PA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6242.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Micronesia, Egypt, Bonaire, All of East Coast, Aruba, Curacao, Hawaii, Bahamas, Cozumel, Keys,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 65 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Once DM/Inst got to know you there were no restrictions except for the 750psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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 photographer.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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