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

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy S Gilbert, CO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4725
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel; Las Islas Marietas, Puerto Vallarta 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
It wasn't really stressed, but it was understood that we would stay
relatively close to the divemaster.  We were told to come up at 700 psi,
but this wasn't really "enforced".  I didn't feel like my
experience was compromised at all by any restrictions.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
My Mother and I were certified in 2008.  This was our second trip to
Cozumel, and would be my mother's first dives as a certified diver.

We arrived at El Presidente without a reservation.  The travel agency my
mother used screwed up and gave us a hotel in San Joe del Cabo, which is on
the other side of the county.  The staff was very helpful and didn't flinch
when getting us a room and assured us that everything would be taken care,
which it ultimately was.

Scuba Du was the dive outfit at El Presidente.  They were fantastic!!  They
were very nice, patient, and helpful.  The divemasters were great; we both
felt very comfortable at all times.  The fact that we were beginner divers
didn't ever come into play. Scuba Du has a set dive schedule which can be
found on their website. After our morning dives, they washed all of our
gear, hung it out to dry, packed it in our bags, and had it
ready-and-waiting on the dock the next day.  We really liked this aspect of
their service.  They were all very friendly.  In addition, they were very
good at replying to our emails.  

The first day we hired a private divemaster just so my mother could get
comfortable with scuba again.  This was a great experience, but due to the
added expense, we decided not to continue with this service.  

Overall, the diving was fantastic. Our first dives were Palancar Gardens,
Palancar Horseshoe, and Santa Rosa Wall.  These were all great dives that
maxed out around 75-80 ft. and averaged around 45-50 feet.  The coral
formations/towers and tunnels/swim-throughs  were really the highlights of
these dives.   The current was always more perceptible on the second dives
which included Punta Tunich, Cedral Pass, and Tormentos.  The slight
current made these dives very relaxing.  There always seemed to be more
marine life on the second dives.  We saw toadfish, eagle rays, turtles,
nurse sharks, and many small schools of fish.  Our favorite dive was
Tormentos.  We saw a ton of marine life and managed to stay down almost 1

We will definitely return to El Presidente resort.  Our only complaint was
that the restaurant on-site for room service has a hit-and-miss menu.  The
pizza was absolutely horrible.  I didn't expect much, but my mother wanted
to try.  My MO was to eat the Mexican dishes, all of these were very good. 
We also enjoyed a nice breakfast every morning on our patio.  Very
delightful indeed.
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