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Dive Review of Albatros Charters/Casa Martillo in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Albatros Charters/Casa Martillo, Aug, 2004,

by Judy, Ny, USA . Report 1217.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving New England, Florida Keys, Grand Cayman, Belize, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster wanted us to stay close with drift dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Albatros Charters is a small one boat operation in Cozumel. They offer fishing charters on their other boat. We were estatic with the service that they offered us over 5 days of diving. Rita and Burak really listened to what we wanted to do and made great suggestions. We dove Barracuda as well as Planacar Gardens. They offered us great variety and we were able to avoid the crowded sites. Only once did we have another dive boat at the same location. With the number of dive operators in Cozumel that was a great accomplishment. They do not overbook their boat. It can hold 8 divers comfortably but we had 6 one day and only the 2 of us on 2 days. I felt bad for the divers we saw on those large cattleboats! They provided great snacks! The boat is easy to dive from, had a covered area and was spotless. Feleipe, the boat captain was always close when it came to pickup time after a drift dive. We never felt rushed during our dives. Our air consumption dictated the lenght of the dive.
Casa Martillo is a small condominium in the Corpus Christi area of town. Its a short walk to most things. We stayed in the 1 bedroom unit. Plenty of room, very clean and a great price. We used the pool almost every night for an after dinner swim. Check out the local dinner spots. We ate and drank for under $15. most nights. We ended up renting a car to get around town and to explore the island. We paid $20. a day for a beetle at Pay Less right by the airport.
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