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Dive Review of Advanced Divers/Presidente Intercontinental in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Advanced Divers/Presidente Intercontinental, Jun, 2003,

by Jack Gibson, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 518.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Belize, Providenciales GT, Grand Turk, Bonaire, Walkers Cay, various Florida Keys, Palau, Galapagos, PNG.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Virtually none. Agree with dive master on the profile before the dive and then stay with the group for the drift dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
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 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Its been nearly two years since we visited Cozumel. Many things have changed, but one thing hasnt: the great service and diving offered by Ricardo Madrigal and his team on the Careyitos. These guys know how to take care of experienced divers.

Start with the boat. The Careyitos is a 12 ft wide, 38 ft. long Bertram. Generally there will be no more than 10 divers on board. She doesnt zip out to the reef and back but gives a comfortable and relaxing ride with a large sun deck above and shaded deck below. I always smile to myself when the fast boats zip by us, pounding and soaking their passengers.

Then consider the dive sites. They avoid crowded sites and go out of their way to honor their guests requests. On our last day, for example, they put us on one of my favorites, Punta Sur. Ricardo led us expertly through all the swim-throughs in one dive. Im told that some dive shops only lead their groups through one or two of them. Of course, the guests, experienced divers, werent climbing all over each other in the tunnels and silting them out, either.

And the bottom time. We are limited only by our air supply and computers. All of our dives were 60 minutes or more.

Lastly, the service is great. These guys take care of you. In the water they are unobtrusive and there only when we need them to point out an interesting creature or navigate the Cozumel currents. After the first dive, they switched our gear to fresh tanks and take it all down for us at the end of the day. Between dives we enjoyed a lunch of ham sandwiches, fresh fruit, and tostadas with the absolute best fresh guacamole followed by a leisurely siesta for our hour and half surface interval.

Weve been diving with Ricardo Madrigal and his team for eight years, and we consider them friends. But they perform at the same superb level for everyone. Check out their website: [advanceddivers.com link] />
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