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

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Reilly and Fran Klass, Pa, USA
Report Number 986
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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

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Strong currents in Cozumel demand follow the leader diving. First dive max
80' and second dive about 50' or less.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Stayed at the Fiesta Americana which bills itself as a "Dive
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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