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Dive Review of Bottom Time Divers/El Cid La Ceiba Beach Resort in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Bottom Time Divers/El Cid La Ceiba Beach Resort: "Great dives despite our personal constraints", Jul, 2015,

by Dennis Boesen, NM, US ( 2 reports). Report 8550.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Raul Platas of Bottom Time Divers (www.bottomtimedivers.net) has been the divemaster of choice for our annual Cozumel trip for over ten years, and he never fails to delight us with great dives and superb service. His small, fast boat (6 divers) and willingness to adapt to divers' preferences make the dives enjoyable and the travel time short. This year, though, we presented him with a special problem. My wife recently had a medical device surgically implanted, and the manufacturer of the device would only certify it to a depth of 1 ATM of pressure -- 33 feet! Raul took it in stride, and for every dive during our 2-week visit he found sites at which my wife and I could enjoy the shallower part of the reef while the rest of the divers explored the deeper areas. We had the brilliant colors and long underwater times of shallow dives while the other divers reported great deeper dives. On some days our newly-certified teenage grandchildren joined us, and Raul ensured that they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. This sort of accommodation of personal needs or requests is at least part of the reason Raul's boat is nearly always filled with repeat customers.
Websites Bottom Time Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Hawaii, various Caribbean locations
Closest Airport CZM Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-90 Ft/ 15-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Our only restrictions were due to our own medical issues. The other divers had none.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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]
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