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Dive Review of Manta Divers/None in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cancun

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Lanny Oden, AZ, USA
Report Number 2876
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
California, Hawaii, St. Lucia, BVI, Cozumel Mexico, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico,
Puerto Penasco, Mexico, Catalina Island, California, Arizona, Oklahoma
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
0   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions were mentioned.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No fresh water rinse on the boat.  Boat was no more than a panga.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This day (16 SEP) was a Holiday celebrating Mexico's independence from
Spain.  Mexican Independence Day.  Apparently, it is customary to start
celebrating on the eve before the Holiday.  Much like New Year's Eve.  And
the whole city participated!

Even our Skipper seemed to have partied well into the night.  I say this
because on the morning dive he was a bit grumpy and slow to read some of
the wakes and waves on the ocean.  As such, we were tossed about rather
violently a few times. Our first dive went along well.  Everything worked
out as planned.  We did our dive and Miguel(our dive master) sent up his
orange dive sausage and El Capitan came and picked us up.  However, on the
second dive this was not to be the case.

At the end of our dive, Miguel (our Dive Master and guide) sent up his dive
sausage as before, just before our ascent.  This way the skipper could see
where we were and start making his way towards us, be nearby and ready to
pick us up when we surfaced.  That didn't happen.

A little over half a mile behind us lay our boat, still moored at the buoy
where we had started our dive.  Miguel whistled loudly a few times to no
avail.  I then blew on a diver recovery whistle I had attached to my B.C. 
It was deafeningly shrill and extremely loud to the ears.  I blew this
twice more.   No motion from the boat.

Miguel then quickly made a new plan.  He decided we should all swim
together to another boat that we could see.  It was the same distance or
greater away than our own, but it was not against the current.  We did have
to swim against a cross current at times, but it would have used
considerably less energy to swim to the new boat rather than our own.  The
new boat was also in the direction of land.  Ours was not.  So Miguel
headed us in the direction of the new boat.  It happened to be one of the
boats that had underwater self propelled scooter tours.

During the swim to the boat Miguel apologized several times for the actions
of the Captain of the Nemo, our dive boat.  I assured him that I knew it
was no fault of his own that we were not picked up from the water.  Still
he apologized.

Once reaching the new boat, Miguel asked for permission for us to come
aboard.  The Captain of this boat was VERY generous and accommodating.  He
helped each of us out of the water.  As soon as everyone was out of the
water and safely aboard his vessel the Captain, completely impromptu,
procured for each of us cold bottled water to drink.  He was most

After Miguel talked to the Captain of the tour boat, we found out that he
had felt something was wrong.  We were swimming towards his boat and
farther away from our own and a great distance from either vessel.  Knowing
the currents in the area, he felt that we might indeed be making our way to
his boat instead of going toward our own.  He said he had tried several
times to contact the Captain of Nemo by radio to alert him to our
whereabouts and possible trouble.  Each time held no response.  The tour
boat was anchored both fore and aft and had two divers in the water along
with several tourists on scooters.  He could not move his boat safely.  He
could only watch us make our way slowly towards him.  He said he had
continued hailing our skipper and intended to do so until he was answered,
his tour and crew returned from their dive or we made it safely aboard his
vessel. He never got an answer while we were in the water.

The Captain of the Nemo was finally aroused by the calls from the radio and
he answered.  He then came to the tour boat and rafted up alongside.  We
transferred gear and then passengers and off we went back to the dock with
no other incident.  The Skipper of Nemo now seemed a bit grumpier however,
for unknown reasons.

Upon arrival at the dock, we cleared our equipment and headed back to the
Manta Divers dive shop.

While I was cleaning my dive gear at the rinse barrel, Mimi Dykes (the
owner of Manta Divers) received a report from Miguel as to what had
happened.  She came out to me and apologized saying that for the 14 years
that they had been in business, nothing like this had ever happened before.
 It was inexcusable and she wished that she could come out here to explain
to me why it happened, but she couldn't.  "It was just poor
professionalism and very irresponsible of the Captain to do what he had
done."  Mimi was very thankful that no one was injured or lost during
the dive.  She then returned to me the price of the morning's dives.  Again
she apologized to me personally and regretted what had happened, assuring
me that the proper actions would be taken and reprimands as warranted.

I told Mimi that I knew it was not the fault of her or Manta Divers,
directly and that if ever I came back to Cancun, I would still dive with

I got two good dives; a whole lot of exercise and my money back for the
dives.   With the money I got back, I got a photo CD and T-shirt.

So in all, I walked out of there with two good dives, my life, a CD full of
photos, a T-shirt, five dollars in my pocket and a good story to tell.
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