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Dive Review of Pepe Scuba/Coral Princess Hotel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Pepe Scuba/Coral Princess Hotel, Aug, 2004,

by Barry S. Yoss, NY, United States . Report 1314.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Various caribbean islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Group had to stay together.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No camera bucket. Boat captain hand you the camera after water entry.
Surface interval done on shore, convenient for reloading camera without getting the film wet.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Stayed for the first time at Coral Princess Hotel, located north of town. Adjoining high-rise buildings, one for hotel, one for time-share. Some studio suites, most with twin beds and stall showers. We had one bedroom suite, more like an apartment with large bedroom, living room, and full kitchen. Two terraces, one with table and chairs. Ocean view, facing west, convenient for drying dive gear.
Plenty of storage space. Full tub/shower, convenient for soaking dive gear. Plenty of hot water. Bottled water provided on arrival; additional bottles at nominal charge. Two small pools, one with
swim-up bar. Large sandy beach area, with palapas for shade. Price was the same at 6 different travel web sites. Hotel staff friendly and accomodating. Restaurant with reasonably good food. Continental breakfast included in our rate (seasonal promotion), but food only mediocre-opt to pay additional for full breakfast. Taxi to downtown $3 per trip.

Pepe Scuba on site. Rates discounted for multiple dive days. Two typical Cozumel open boats, accomodate 10 divers in each, but we never had more than 8. Awning for shade. Divemaster Rosendo very safety conscious, readily located treacherous down-wellings from surface observations and avoided them. Strong 3 knot current first few days. Lost a 12 year old and his mother to the current one day; divemaster quickly located them and boat readily located and picked up the wayward divers. Rosendo was very good at locating elusive critters, such as the splendid toadfish, which is native to Cozumel. Saw large groupers, free swiming large green morays, free swimming nurse sharks, turtles, and saw a pod of dolphins on the way to the divesite. Because the hotel is north of town, while dive sites are to the south, we had a longer distance to cover. However, their boats are very fast, so we usually were one of the first groups at each site. I would not hesitate to use them if we stay at the same hotel next time.

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