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Dive Review of Careyitos; SeaUrchin Dive/Iberostar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Careyitos; SeaUrchin Dive/Iberostar, Mar, 2004,

by Julia Gumenik, fl, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 1013.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments As noted in the May, 2004, Undercurrent, the Iberostar is, indeed, seeming to restrict all other dive op's than Dressel, which had a v. poor reputation at time of my presence with all but novice divers. I was on the pier the day SeaUrchin, my preferred op (with a six-pack boat which was WAY too much fun) got the edict that they had to profer all documents, plus pay a per-head charge for all divers picked up at the dock. It was with shock and disbelief that other dive op's confirmed this--although the Careyitos, with a bigger boat and a capacity of 12, was better able to scoff at the Iberostar (and, allegedly, the Occidental with the same policy)and rely on hotels closer to their dockage and more-sizable potential clientelle. As a back-up when chop and currents made it too hard for smaller boats to come, I also took Scuba Du for a day; their restrictions and novice-
level of divers left much to be desired.

For those of us who have patronized Cozumel for years and years, I suggest buoy-cot(pun intended) or scathing feedback to Iberostar and its "foreign" ownership who are clearly trying to drive the natives out of business. By the way, I wrote the hotel management and received no reply.


_Undercurrent: This analysis is accurate; the one I posted before had transposed the names of the dive op's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving East coast of Florida, Great Barrier Reef, other dive op's in Coz; Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On boat with 500+ psi; recreational limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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