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Dive Review of ScubaDu and Dive House/Fiesta Americana in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

ScubaDu and Dive House/Fiesta Americana, Mar, 2004,

by Jim Reilly and Fran Klass, Pa, USA . Report 986.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Nassau, Bonaire, Curacao, Turks and Caicos, New Jersey
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Strong currents in Cozumel demand follow the leader diving. First dive max 80' and second dive about 50' or less.
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars 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 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Stayed at the Fiesta Americana which bills itself as a "Dive Resort".
Room was fine and kept very clean. Concierge worthless. Bellmen very
helpful, cheerful and friendly. Continental breakfast very good and
included in our package. Except for one lunch which was terrible and
expensive, we wisely ate the rest of our meals elsewhere. There are lots of very good places to eat in St Miguel, including Garden of Eat'in (directly across the street from Dive Cozumel), where we dined on REAL Falafels.

We split our diving between ScubaDu at the Presidente and Dive House at the Fiesta. Both offered about the same level of service - guided tours with DM's pointing out interesting things to see. Both offered water and sometimes soft drinks between dives. Both insured an honest hour of surface time between dives and were careful to insure that divers took a full safety stop and ascended slowly. ScubaDu also offered us slices of watermelon and bananas between dives. ScubaDu charged $80 per 2-tank dive, while Dive House charged $57 - so the ScubaDu fruit is quite expensive.

We were greatly annoyed by the behavior of one of the ScubaDu DM's. On
two dives very little time was provided to suit up and the boat crew was so rushed to get divers into the water as a group that there was no checking of gear, including no checking to see if the air was on. On one dive we discovered (by breathing on our reg pre-dive) that the air was not on. One of the ScubaDu DM's also loudly asked for tips after each dive. We are in the habit of tipping the last day, not each day. On our second (and last) day with ScubaDu this DM reminded us loudly that we had not tipped the crew the day before.

On the other hand the Dive House operation was well behaved and very
polite. Great care was taken to insure safety. I actually saw them check a customer's dive computer, call ashore on their marine radio and finally deny this diver his second dive, since he had done 2 deeper dives that morning. Their facility was clean and the locker spotless and not evil smelling - how about that!

Next year we will use Dive House again, we were well pleased with their boat, staff and pricing.
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