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Dive Review of Solo Boceo in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cancun]

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by J Devine, MD, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4383
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
New Jersey wrecks, California Channel Islands, Cozumel, Micronesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with group of 6 and guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Not great for heavily laden photographers.  I just had a simple camera with
flash in a housing.  Relatively small boat with canopy top.  No fresh water
rinse station or tables.  A diving sightseers boat not a phtographers boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Did a wreck and reef dive with the Solo Boceo (diving only)operation who
are located at the Dreams Resort Hotel on Punta Cancun (Coco Bongo bus stop
and then 1/4 mile walk).  The operation was professionally run with several
different trips (beginners through experienced) and several smaller canopy
boats (that did not appear to cater to "serious" photographers. 
The guides on our trip (Manual and Phillipe) were attentive, informative
and helpful. The 80 ft wreck dive (C58?) was enjoyable with bow to stern
visiblity+.  Fish populations on the wreck were excellent, with wide
varieties and densities of 5-10 pound school fish (bonita, etc) both inside
and outside the upper decks and a "squadron" of 8-10 large
barracuda hovering in formation just off the port bow. Guides led a minor
upper deck pentetration through the wreck.  On ascent, we were required to
hang for 10 minutes at 10 ft which was a challenge since the current was
running at 7 knots.  Hanging on the buoy line requuired alot of strength. 
I felt like a flag in a gale wind, one diver had to wrap both his arms and
his legs around the line to stay on and everybodys masks and regulators
seemed at risk of being washed away from our faces.  This environment could
be a bit stressful for an inexperienced diver.  2nd dive on a reef was also
very enjoyable again with strong currents.  However since this was a drift
dive we just went with the flow so it was relatively effortless.  Again
marine life was very good and reef appeared healthy and equivilant to some
dives sites I've been on at Cozumel.  Philipe shot videos of us and the
environment on both dives which were excellent quality and ready for
purchase on DVD($50)10 minutes after we arrived back at the dock. Overall,
an excellent experience, primarily for site seeing divers with a well run
outfit.  I would use them again.  
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