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Dive Review of Pepe's Scuba/Yucatek Divers/Coral Princess Hotel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Mexico

Pepe's Scuba/Yucatek Divers/Coral Princess Hotel, May, 2006,

by TOM Lopatin, NJ, USA . Report 2839.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All major Caribbean diving sites, Eastern & Western Indian Ocean and North & South Pacific
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 Ft.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments First visit since Wilma hit Cozumel in Fall 2005. Have been going to Cozumel every yeaqr since 1999. Wall dives didn't show much impact, although the Cathedral in Devil's Throat said to be swept away. Biggest disappointments were the second tank drift dives along the top of the walls. They all looked like an underwater snow storm had dropped a couple of inches of "snow" (sand) on them. 90% of the corals and sponges, etc., were gone or totally covered with sand on these second dives. Looks like it will take a lifetime to recover to its previous healthy state. If you're willing to accept a very desolate second dive for a still very nice initial wall dive go for it. I took a day to go over to Playa del Carmen to dive the cenotes with Yucatek Divers. Second time I dove the cenotes with them (first time in 2004). Very safe and accomodating operation. Cenotes are like "diving in air' with virtually unlimited vis and dramatic cave geography. Highly recommended as a change of pace to the drift diving on Cozumel and easy to do as a day trip with the ferry system in place. Coral Princess Hotel a first class operation from "soup to nuts". If you dive with Pepe's try to get Abdiaz as your guide, he's the "best of the best".
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