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Dive Review of Scuba Du/Presidente Intercontinental Hotel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Art Burke, TX, United States
Report Number 1181
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Bonaire, Belize, Turks, Maldives, Seychelles, Persian Gulf, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All divermaster lead, small groups of 4-6 divers, return to boat with
500psi, max 35 mins 1st dive, 45 mins. 2nd dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Boat has separate bucket for camera but no table. Divermasters/deck hands
were cautious and helpful in handling camera pre and post dive. Had to go
down below ot change out film. I had basic setup - camera with 1 strobe. A
multi-strobe or multiple cameras would have been more difficult to handle
on the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
This was our 5th trip to Cozumel but 1st with Scuba Du and staying at the
Presidente Intercontinental Hotel. The hotel met expectations  beautiful
beach view room, relaxing pool, wonderful beach and diving/swimming area. 
The food at the only restaurant (the second restaurant was under
construction) was good  excellent buffets and al la Carte menus. The room
was nice and large but the bed was rock hard.  There was more than ample
space to handle photography equipment in the room. The bath was a walk in
shower. The AC worked fine and the up keep by the staff was excellent.  If
you like extra large (and heavy) towels the Presidente has them. 

The scuba shop for Scuba Du was a covered hut. Adequate but not the typical
dive shop you see at other resorts.  The staff was very friendly and
helpful. I was a little confused at first because your gear storage was on
one side of the beach (by the dive hut) but the boats loaded out about 150
yards away on the other side of the beach near the restaurant. After the
first day I figured out I could tip an equipment handler who rinsed my
gear each night and brought it to and from the dock every day. Well worth
the costs as you would have to lug your equipment back to the storage hut
or to your room each day because all gear were removed after each dive
outing. I requested a fast boat for the 2 of us but at the last minute
Scuba Du changed this because a larger group booked all the small boats.
This put us on the larger, slower boats. In the end it all worked out fine
as we only had 7-11 divers each day and that was split into 2 groups for
diving.  It was quite comfortable, we had shade and a head with the only
hectic part was getting everyone into the water at the site but that went
well for all of the dives we were on.  To exit the water they wanted
everyone to take off weight belts, BCD and fins prior to climbing the
ladder. The DM helped with this and it went smoothly for all.  The dive
briefings were short but precise and more time was given if it was your
first day diving with Scuba Du. We had several DMs over the course of 5
days and all were very good in leading, helping divers with gear problems
and finding unique critters to look at. The only frustrating part was that
they mixed experienced divers with beginners in the same group so you had
to have patience but the DMs were excellent in handling these issues (we
all were beginners at one time in our diving experience).  The DMs were
very safety conscious and kept tabs on all the divers and air consumption. 
At 700 psi they would begin the accent to the safety stop.  All safety
stops were open water (no boat line to hang on) so the DM was very watchful
on times and depth control during the safety stop.  We tipped the DMs each
day as we didnt know who we would be with the next day, however you can
put your request in for certain DMs or boats each night and they would try
to accommodate you. We would definitely return to the Presidente and dive
with Scuba Du, as they were very professional and focused on making it a
pleasant and enjoyable vacation. 

The drift dives were excellent with lots of fish although taking pictures
in a current is challenging. Water temperature was always in the 80-84 deg
F range and divers wore swimsuits, 1-2mm shorties or full 3mm wetsuits
depending on their own needs for comfort. 
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