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

Manta Divers/Best Western Caribe Plaza, Feb, 2006,

by James Reilly, MD, USA . Report 2288.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 77 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Bottom was at 45 or so feet. dive went on until 700 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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