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Dive Review of Careyitos/Advanced Divers/Iberostar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Careyitos/Advanced Divers/Iberostar, Jul, 2009,

by Alana McCormick, TX, United States ( 1 report). Report 4988.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Key West, Bonaire, Dominica, Great Barrier Reef, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surface with 500 PSA, depth limits established for each dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We have dived with Ricardo Madrigal and his operation now for many years - it's very much like returning to your favorite old neighborhood. We never had more than 5 or 6 divers total and always had two divermasters in the water, usually Ricardo. Dives lasted to 500 PSI or 75 minutes, whichever came first. Both my husband and I were diving in excess of 60 minutes on almost every dive.
The reefs and marine life seem to be recovering well from Wilma. We always saw lots of turtles and nurse sharks. There were many big groupers, parrot fish, angelfish, triggerfish, filefish and schools of jacks, with barracudas hanging around as well. Also flamingo tongues, pipe fish, morays, pufferfish, even a spotted drum. We did not see as many lobsters or crabs as in the past. There were many southern stingrays and we had a brief encounter with an eagle ray, although they usually migrate elsewhere this time of year.
The dive to Punta Sur/Devil's Throat was very nicely done and we felt very safe, as we always do with this competent operation. On several of the dives, we went through many swim throughs.
The onboard crew was also excellent, arriving right away after surfacing, putting down the two big ladders and helping with your gear. Simon, Ricardo's new #2, Mariano, Janis and Miguel did a great job. Careyitos has added the service of keeping your gear on board after the day's dives, if you like, and rinsing everything thoroughly so it's ready for the next day. The crew set up the tanks and gear for each dive. If you have any difficulty, either with equipment or skill, they do their best to fix or improve the situation.
Lunches are legendary for the big bowl of freshly made guacamore, along with sandwiches, fruit, and cookies. We always took the mid-day rest at a relaxing location for swimming and snorkeling - sometimes at the conch beach pier with other dive boats for socializing.
The boat is very comfortable, with a completely covered deck, lots of room, a head, and a good platform for entrance/exit. They picked us up at the pier at the Iberostar every day around 10 a.m. which made for a very relaxing vacation since we didn't have to get up early. Tanks were always at more than 3000 PSI.
The Iberostar was very comfortable and well-kept. Good variety of foods at all meals and decent selection of beers and all drinks. We enjoyed the greater diversity of guests, with many Brits and other Europeans than in our past stays, also Mexican families. There were all age ranges and lots of family groups and some weddings.
If you like to have interesting but relaxing dives, with your own profile and good interaction with a friendly and highly competent crew, Careyitos/Advanced Divers is for you
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