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Dive Review of Manta Divers/Best Western Caribe Plaza in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cancun

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by James Reilly, MD, USA
Report Number 2288
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Cozumel, Turks, Curacao, Bonaire, St Lucia, Caymans, New Jersey
and Dutch Springs!
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Bottom was at 45 or so feet. dive went on until 700 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 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):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
We didn't expect much as the reef begins just to the south of Cancun and we
were not disappointed. Modest corals and a few sponges on rock outcrops
intermixed with sandy areas. Very modest boat, back rolls to get off and a
side ladder to climb back aboard. No shade which could be a real problem. 

Divemaster was VERY busy photographing the divers using both a movie and a
still camera. No attempt to point stuff out, just film, film, film. Worst,
some new divers naturally ran low on air first, but close to the 40 minute
limit announced for the dive. Amazingly, they were instructed to surface by
themselves in moderately rough sea conditions in a location frequented by
several other dive boats, when the DM easily could have ended the dive and
shepherded them to the surface. Instead he kept shooting and shooting until
those with more experience were running low - so the dive lasted just over
an hour.

In all, not such exciting diving, but if you find yourself there on
business as we were, well any dive is fun. Only sour note is that my
partner and I found a perfectly good danford anchor on the bottom and
recovered it, giving it to the boat crew. Despite the value of this gift,
once ashore the dive crew tried to hit us up for tips!
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