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Dive Review of Aqua Safari/El Cid La Ceiba in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/

Aqua Safari/El Cid La Ceiba: "A semi-regular annual trip with long time diving friends.", Sep, 2019,

by F. Rod Ellis , MO, US ( 2 reports). Report 11135.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Aqua Safari picks us up at the El Cid La Ceiba dock and we go far south with 3 cylinders each; then work our way back by late afternoon. La Ceiba to us is like going to our dive home. All services by Hotel and Aqua safari are first class. Be aware the cruise ship piers are right out front. Some like that; some do not.

Most of us find Cozumel to be good consistent diving over the long term due to currents but we do recently miss some smaller critters like red eyes in shrimps on night dives, not so many urchins, etc.. Macro marine life can be found if there is good scouting by all but it not as easy with a group & drift diving as in good places with moored boat diving.

I think this is 12th or more trip to Cozumel over the years; good friends, good diving, and we enjoy and are welcomed back at several regular favorite restaurant in town for evening meals.
Websites Aqua Safari   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Initially learned in low vis freshwater but rarely dive inland now. Multiple locations offshore Honduras, Bonaire, Caymans, Gulf of Mexico NMS & rigs, Dominica, Inland Spring pools, Yucatan Cenotes, Akumal, Turks & Caicos:
Have not yet DIVE traveled long distance East<>West but will.
Closest Airport flew from Houston Bush Getting There Money grubbing airlines and cramped space but that's the norm now

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dives lead by local DM (a good well-known one); Not total freedom but good enough
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Adequate on this particular boat, not high end like liveaboards. Crew very helpful with gear and even with simple scuba gear repairs. One crew was a Tech and rebuilt my SPG swivel when it started to leak; did it right too (Got a nice tip). Crew also (amazingly) searched for & recovered a dive computer dropped overboard by one of our group as we were all getting back on the boat. Very well-played.
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