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Dive Review of dive with martin/hotel cozumel and resort in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/cozumel

dive with martin/hotel cozumel and resort, Aug, 2009,

by mal patterson, ca, usa ( 2 reports). Report 5022.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving ca. bvi/ usvi, roatan, Hi. caymans, coz(10 years0
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive computer profile...advise d/m @ 700lbs
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Booked this trip thru orbitz..Flight plus hotel with full buffet breakfast from san francisco $777.00 for package, next day orbitz had same trip for 708.00..requested 69.00 rebate per their ad..only applies to air or hotel only?? Hotel cozumel older but clean(except for bed bugs) staff nice and friendly food poor..watch for key scam..when checking in they advise $150.00 deposit for safe key, if you choose to have a dive locker no charge but $10.00 deposit for locker key,I did not lose key but misplaced it.I asked for new key untill first one found, $10.00 replacment key cost added to room bill given new key ..new key fails to open locker..was told no duplicate keys available, will have to call locksmith in town to come and open at unknown cost!!!..lucky for me I found misplaced key..
Booked Dive with Martin thru their state side agent Paddie Davis, Thru several emails to both the dive shop and davis I requested to be placed with experianced divers and dive the southern reefs , maracaibo. punta sur (devils throat) etc, was told no problem as long as at least 4 divers, first dive day hooked up with 3 other divers wanting same,all experianced divers. that was the last i saw of them. day 1 check out dive at palancar. day 2 new divers all beginers dive palancar and the sand dune that use to be paradise, complained to d/m, said he would tell shop, day 3 new divers all beginers dive palancar..day 4 new divers all beginners dive santa rosa wall..call dive shop ask to speak to manager, not in. left message. no call back, day 5 new divers all beginners dive columbia..
Again call dive shop asked for manager, person came to phone I asked his name he said Martin?? I know the founder martin died, maybe two martins..I calmly told him my issues, his reponse "well you can always rent a private boat and d/m...day 6 new divers all long term..looking good..d/m asked me where, i requested tormentos, he declined said it's in the wrong direction...dive palancar..got geared up everybody ready to backroll in activated my computer only 2600lbs of air. told d/m to late to switch now..ran my tank down to 300lbs...This was the worst dive experiance I have hade in 10 years of diving I have never ran into such don't give a S++T attitude SOOO be aware of Dive with Martin..the one good thing they did say 6 divers per boat max and always only 6. never crowded....all in all this was not my best dive trip, the good news it can only get better...
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