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Dive Review of Aquatic Sports(Deportes Aquaticos)/Brisas Cozumel (NOT Brisas condos) in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Aquatic Sports(Deportes Aquaticos)/Brisas Cozumel (NOT Brisas condos), Aug, 2003,

by Mark R. Chino, NM, USA . Report 610.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]Sergio Sandoval, Sr. has been diving Cozumel for 30+ yrs. without an accident. His is a family operation and he does not advertise, except by his customers. We have been diving with him since 1987 and have never been disappointed in the service. On this trip, my wife and I were the only divers for 4 of 5 diving days. Have never been diving with Sergio when he had more than 8 divers.
We dove with both Sergio, Sr. & Sergio, Jr. and they let us choose our sites each day. Lunch and soft drinks are included, as is a rest/outgassing stop between dives. Both Sergios are outstanding divemasters, very safety and environmentally conscious, without being overbearing. Sergio showed us his newly-acquired boat, which will be roomier and faster, and should be in the water within 2-3 months, as he is in the process of acquiring permits, etc. from the Mexican government. Sergio will take you to the less dived areas(north, east, etc.), but you must be able to demonstrate that you are capable of handling those conditions. Saw lobsters, morays, barracuda, groupers, nurse sharks, and toadfish. Great diving as usual.
Brisas(formerly Costa Club)is still a good hotel. Our only complaint was the 1/4 inch gap in the wall between the doorways of our room and the adjoining room. Could hear everything the occupants of the next room were doing and saying. This was reported to management. Manuel and Rudy recognized/remembered us as soon as we got off the airport shuttle at the hotel. Had no problems with the hotel, maid service, billing, etc. and the hotel was well-maintained. Hotel has a new bar/restaurant across the street at its private beach. We only ate one breakfst at the hotel, as we went into town for all our meals. Costa Brava restrurant is great for cheap, early, before-dive breakfasts. Had good dinners/service at Guidos, La Mission, TGI Fridays, Ernestos' Fajitas, and Pepe's Grill. Have to agree with the Chapbook reader who was disappointed with Prima; wife and I both agreed our dinner was OK but not what the food quality used to be. Something has changed there,and not for the better. Usually didn't each lunch, but bought snacks and freshly-baked pastries and rolls at Chadraui dept. store. Rented a VW beetle from Smart Rental, near the aiport, for $35/day. Turn signals/hazard lights didn't work and it had 91K kilometers on it, but it got us around. There's a new mall near the naval base; Cozumel is looking more like the US. One day there were SIX cruise ships in port! San Miguel was a zoo that day! Only day with no cruise ships was Sunday. All things considered, we still look forward to our yearly trip to Cozumel.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]Cayman Islands, Sea of Cortez(San Carlos)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 90-100 Ft/ 27-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]Divemaster advised of max depth/time at each site, but allowed us to dive our own profile, using our computers.
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 4 stars Large Fish 4 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]We are not underwater photogs, so this did not apply, but Sergio has made sure there was a rinse bucket, on past trips, for UW photographers' cameras. Dive boat not currently set up with tables for cameras.
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