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Dive Review of Chucho Divers/El Cid La Ceba in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Chucho Divers/El Cid La Ceba, Sep, 2009,

by Henry & Carol Ziller, CO, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 5223.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Micronesia, Honduras, Curacao, Cayman, Hawaii, Belize, Tobago, Bahamas, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Start up with 750 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A camera bucket is on the dive boat. There are rinse tanks at the hotel dive operation but we don't use them. We rinse in the bathtub in the room.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our fourth trip to Cozumel and all four times we stayed at the El Cid La Ceba. We could not beat the package deal we got on Expedia and during low season if your a repeat customer they may upgrade you to a one bedroom suite.

There is good shore diving at the La Ceba, but we did three boat dives a day so we opted for no shore dives.

Chucho Divers uses a covered 27-feet fast boat with two 75 hp Yamaha outboards and gets to the sites fast. There is a maximum six divers, Chucho and the captain. The three dive day package includes lunch (On a beach or docked) of authentic mexican dishes that Chucho makes and they are really good. Fresh fruit, water and sodas are also provided throughout the day. Divers set the departing time in the morning, and we used 8:30 and returned around 3:00. Chucho is really good at finding unusual things like a pipefish, and nudi's and knows the area exceptionally well, including the best restaurants and party spots.

The effects of Hurricane Wilma are still abundant, sand is covering many parts of the reefs, but slowly it is coming back. I think Cozumel reefs have the best color in the Caribbean Sea. The fish are still there, we saw several large grouper (3-ft) on every dive, nurse sharks are everywhere, really large parrot fish (About 3-ft), and the visibility is still 100-feet plus on most dives. Our night dive produced a several octopus.

The La Ceba is located a $6.00 US each way cab ride from the Plaza. We prefer to eat at local small restaurants a couple blocks off the main Plaza area and skip the chain restaurants altogether. Try Abuelo Gerardo on 10th Ave just north of Ave Benito Juarez. You may not need a dinner if you eat all the chips, salsa, and guacamoli, but the dinners are really great too. Dinner with desert and drinks for five was $83.00 with tip.
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