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

Scuba Du/El Presidente, Oct, 2009,

by Stephen kouri, WA, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 5248.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Big Island, Maui, Figi and Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Limited depth on first dives to 90 ft.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments While Cozumel may not be the diving it was pre-hurricane, it is still very good diving.

The el Presidente is a value issue. It is not at the level of a Four Seasons hotel like some claim, but it is still nice and a good value at 100-150 a night.

The trick to Scuba Du is to hire your own dive master at $50/day. We spent our first couple dives with the group until we found a couple divers who had similar profile and split the cost of a dive master. With your own dive master the 45 minute limitation vanishes. Our dives were 55+ after hiring our own dive master.

It should be noted that Scuba du is valet diving and they pamper divers both on and off the boat. Notable dive masters that stood out are Hector and Allesandro.

New divers should wary of the current. If you learned to dive in the bathtub like environment like Hawaii, it can take a little experience to get used to. It took me about 5-8 dives before I felt completely comfortable.
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