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

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Barry S. Yoss, NY, United States
Report Number 1314
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Various caribbean islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group had to stay together.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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