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Dive Review of Aqua Safari/Casa Mexicano in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Aqua Safari/Casa Mexicano: "Cozumel May 2018", May, 2018,

by Raymond Fischer, VA, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10283 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Many trips to Cozumel, multiple dives with Aqua Safari, first time at Casa Mexicana. Love Cozumel, so no need to spend more time on that. Aqua Safari continues to be my favorite dive operator - their larger boats make it very comfortable to dive with 8-10 people. Never felt crowded on this trip. Excellent dive masters as usual - some have been at AS for over a decade.

Casa Mexicana bears a little discussion. Location is great IMHO, on the edge of town, near a lot of restaurants and shopping, same block as Aqua-Safari and across the street from where the boats leave. The impression from the street is misleading - it's a fairly large property that ell's back off the street.

The hotel itself is OK - Holiday Inn level furnishings. Wi-Fi was good throughout the hotel. They serve a buffet style breakfast - egg/omelet station, DIY toast/bagels, fruit selection, smoothies made fresh along with pre-cooked protiens and a few other items. Staff was friendly and accomodating.

I would definitely stay here again... but ... one of the people in our party got bitten by bed bugs. The hotel staff was slow to react, and tried to convince him there were no bed bugs. Close inspection of the mattress revealed otherwise. The moved him to a new room, but still... this is a problem for any hotel and they need to be more diligent and have a higher since of urgency when presented with the problem.

Other notes from the trip - La Conchita del Caribe is a GREAT restaurant but be warned - the portions are HUGE. Casa Mission (there are two - I'm talking about the one on 55 Avenida Sur) is fantastic, my favorite restaurant in Cozumel. La Choza is a good lunch spot also. Tried Del Sur Parrilla Argentina at 5a Avenida Sur 299 - very poor experience. Overcooked steak the first time, the re-cook came out barely thawed in the center... and it was a thin cut of steak too, under 3/4" thick. Nice place, maybe just an off night.
Websites Aqua Safari   Casa Mexicano

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, Hatteras, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman, Turks, Bahamas, Cozumel, Cancun
Closest Airport CZM Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time and depth enforced. Time was from the dive tables, depth max 80' on the morning 'deep' dive and 50' on the second dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Mostly digital now, huge GoPro shop on the island, multiple dealers for UW cam's so parts and help are easy to find.
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