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Dive Review of Manta Divers/Gran Caribe Real in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cancun

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Perry, TX, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3530
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Lakes in Texas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive profiles were set by DM following PADI RDP NDLs, or signal 1,000 psi. 
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Photographer accompanied us on dive
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
We booked the Gran Caribe Real through Funjet Vacations, and were very
pleased with the service of both operations.  The resort is kept in
excellent condition and the food and drinks(AI)were good and plentiful.  We
were there for a family wedding, so dive time was limited.  The owners of
Manta Divers(John&Mimi Dykes)picked myself and wife up from our hotel
on their way into work.  The boat was small, but we dived with 3 others and
had plenty of room.  Trip to site was quick and briefing was thorough. 
Swells were sizable and motion sickness became an issue while on the
surface. Once below, we saw many barracuda, parrot, trigger, and butterfly
fishes.  Their was a big spotted eagle ray hovering over the wreck which
was literaly full of grunts and snappers.  The current was very strong and
water was very warm from 0'-20'.  Water only on the boat during SI.  El
Tunel was a shallow coral garden with some rocks and ledges to explore. 
More parrots, a green moray, and a very camera friendly nurse shark made
our bottom time seem to fly by. Photographer dived with us.  Pictures
and/or video available after dive.  They were very well done.  Overall
great trip and would recommend resort and dive op.  Take snacks and extra
water on dive boat.  Medicate for sea sickness as required, and be prepared
for current at wreck site.   
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