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Dive Review of Squalo Divers/NA in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Isla Mujeres

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Debbie Nottelmann, IL, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 5146
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Cozumel,Cancun,Galapagos,St Lucia,Saba,Bonaire,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with divemaster and come up at 45 minutes or until the last person was
at 1000 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
[None]There was no accomodations on the boat for cameras. The captain would
hold onto your camera and pass it down to you in the water. No rinse tank
or tables. I got some great shots underwater. Lots of schools. Some dive
sites with good colorful corals. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
[None]We rented a house in the La Gloria section of town. A 5 minute taxi
cab ride from downtown costing about 20 pesos one way. It was a very
economical way to stay there while having more room to live in. The
property was Naah Sasstal. The diving was mixed. Some dive sites were
great, while others just ok.Punta Negra was the best. Lots of colorful
coral, 1 nurse shark, midnight parrot, lobster, barracuda, large schools of
grunts and snappers, cowfish,trunkfish,an eel,. Punta Sur has some strong
current but it was a drift and we saw 4-5 turtles and a large stingray; no
coral though. Banderas was another nice dive site. Known to have strong
current, but there was none there that day. Elk horn coral, ledges and
overhangs at 40 feet. Media Luna was great for arches, a large cave,swim
throughs etc. My least favorite dive was Pailas. I was bored. Manchones is
a very nice and colorful site with lots of tropical and easy diving. We
went back there for a night dive and the divemaster couldn't find the reef
(1st time that ever happened to him)so we had to abort the dive. The owner
did refund our money though. The boat was small and pretty fast. Dive sites
were no more than 15 minutes or so away. No facilities on board. Crew put
your gear together, changed tanks and would even wash it for you
afterwards. Most of the week it was just the 2 of us. The most that was on
the boat was 4 people. That was nice. Isla has a strange way of
categorizing dives. Reef and adventure. They charge more for adventure
diving. If there is a current or wreck, or something supposedly cool, it
becomes adventure. We were charged a package including some adventure dives
and after looking at their own brochure, found that they were classified as
all reef dives. When we pointed it out we did get a refund. Be careful. I'd
recommend not paying upfront. Also, you may want to not go to the cave of
the sleeping sharks as we were told they are not there very often anymore.
There is a side trip to snorkle with the whale shark. We swam with several
and saw a manta ray. It's 1.5 hours by boat to get there. We also went to
the Dolphin Discovery Center and swam with the Dolphins. It was awesome.
They will want to soak you for videos and pictures afterward. We bought the
video because it was great. You can negotiate a package. You can rent a
golf cart and tool around the island for about $50-60 a day. It's fun.
Snorkling at Castillo de Garrafon is much cheaper (about 50 pesos/day) than
the $50 at Garrafon next door. The turtle farm is interesting also. Food is
great on the island and inexpensive. Cost was 60-110 pesos for most lunches
and dinners. Good restaurants we visited were Las Brisas, Velazquez,
Minninos, Rene and Rene for Mexican, and for a special treat of seaside
dining (more upscale and expensive) Caso O's on the south end of the
island. Soggy Peso has great ceviche and a nice bar with friendly people.
The weather is hot! in July so consider places with's
a must. You get the island by ferry from Cancun and it only costs 35 pesos
and takes about 15 minutes or so. The palapas on the beach at many
different places where you can see the sunset costs $25. There is a free
place you can go with unbrellas as long as you drink there. You can go to
the other side of the island (Carribean) and walk the rocky shores there
looking for shells, sea glass etc. We found 4 Chitons in the rocks. Never
saw one before. Overall great trip for the money.
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