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

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by mal patterson, ca, usa (2 reports)
Report Number 5022
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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

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
dive computer profile...advise d/m @ 700lbs  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
1 stars    
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 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 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 4 new divers all beginners dive santa rosa 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/ 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 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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