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

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff and Colin Daniels, MI, USA
Report Number 565
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Florida Keys, Florida springs
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Yes. Follow divemaster. Return to boat with 500 psi. Didn't dive one day
because of aftereffects of tropical storm.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Scuba Du ran pleasant, efficient dive service. Don't do special dives
(Punta Sur, Maracaibo Wall, wreck) regularly, even if you ask in advance. 
If you want to do those, try to find other divers who also want to do them.
Do Punta Sur if at all possible. Reefs in OK shape. Currents not as strong
as expected. Lots of small tropicals. Few larger ones. Occasional turtle,
shark, ray. Divemasters were all good, friendly, knowledgeable and safe,
but not overly protective. Night dive on Paradise Reef was excellent. Short
boat ride, long dive. Lots of lobster, large crabs, eels, octopus. 
Took one day off from reef to dive with German Mendoza of Yucatech
Expeditions in two cenotes on the mainland. Expensive ($135 per person),
but worth the experience. Cost includes equipment, ferry, transport to
caverns, guide and lunch. German handles everything and does an excellent
job. The caverns we dove (Taj Mahal, Chuk Mool) have permanent guidelines
that you follow. Even though you are supposed to be able to see daylight at
all times, there are times when you feel like you are deep in a cave. Great
introduction to that kind of diving. At end of dives German took us to some
small restaurant in Playa del Carmen for lunch. Not a place I would ever
figure to go, but had a great meal of authentic Mexican tacos.
Stayed at Presidente. Basically, what you hear is true. Nice hotel, large
rooms, great beach, good service, expensive. 
Topside, Punta Sur lighthouse is worth a look. Eating at Prima, Guido's and
Pepe's Grill recommended. 
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