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

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Frank Nelson, P, USA
Report Number 2699
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Micronesia, Bahamas, Jamaica, Caymans, Jersey wrecks, New York, Rhode
Island, Turks&Caicos, Belize, Honduras, Aruba, Bonair, Curacao,Guaynaha
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
had to stay near divemaster and depth limit in effect, as was a max time no
matter what air was left  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
no accomodations(rinse bucket, etc) divemaster did hand down and pick up
camera when dive was finished
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Searching the internet I found their mother co in Spain who offered a 15%
discount if booked thru them prior to your departure.  They sent an email
receipt that you had to download and copy.  Quality of receipt was not
good.  Arriving at the shop I was told I would have to do a checkout dive. 
No one in Spain told me this.  It was a waste of time and money considering
my experience.  Watching other divers who already had the checkout were a
disgrace (buoyancy problems, gauges dangling, no concern for other divers,
cattleboat).  These few divers should not have been on/in any type of
water.  Even thou I had purchased a package from the mother co I was looked
at strangely.  I purchased a few cenote dives and the treatment was better,
however the quality of divers left a little to be desired especially in an
overhead enviroment.  The divemasters were fluent in English and were very
well equipped and knowledgeable in this field.  Even with the poor divers
the DM still kept his cool and professionalism.  I did learn from the DM
that he was obligated by Dressel to take the paying divers to the cenote
because it was more money for the shop.  
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