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Dive Review of DIVE HOUSE/ Iberostar...Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

DIVE HOUSE/ Iberostar...Cozumel, Jul, 2004,

by Terry Davis, New Mexico, USA . Report 1303.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Belize, Honduras, Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Carlos, Mexico, Bonaire NA.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All divers were required to stay within the Dive Tables,Depth/Bottom Times, Depending on their Air Consumption, Surface Intervals. Those diving Computers were allowed to dive Computer Profiles, which gave us longer Bottom Times.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments There were five in our group taking pictures, 4 with Ditigals and one with film, they had fresh water rinse tanks for Cameras, both shore and on the dive boats.

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 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Iberostar, Island of Cozumel Trip Dates: July 24-31,2004

Readers,
We ventured to this location with 42 people in the group, 36 were divers, a few Snorkeler's and a couple of Non-Diver's. We had heard of some trouble with the dive operation at this resort, so we book Dive House as our dive operators, we booked six days of diving, the usual 1 night dive, we set up Morning and Afternoon Dives, and gave our group the individual the option of diving what ever they wanted to, Divers would tell the boat crew's daily which one they were go to dive the next day, so they made sure we had enough tanks and anything else we would need including the Surface Interval goodies the dive operation furnished us daily. After two days of diving from the resort, some 16 of our Group ventured to the mainland to dive the "CENOTES" a fresh water cavern dive. The trip started at 7am when they left the resort to catch the ferry to the mainland and the the usual transfer's needed to get to the Dive site, after a briefing everone geared up and off they went, it was really a nice dive, good visability, water temperature around 73 degrees, after the dive they were furnished lunch and then started the return trip back to the resort, from start to finish it was about a 12 hours adventure, We continued our boat diving fom the Iberostar resort for the remainder of the week. The accommodations were great, service was great, resort grounds were very nice and well maintained, and the food at the three different Restaurants was some of the best we ever had. The Iberostar Resort is an All-Inclusive resort, 3 meals a day, all your drinks (including your favorite Alcoholic beverage), their are all sorts of thing to do at the resort, entainment, skeet shooting and much,much more, including a day care center to keep your small ones intertained while you go diving. All 42 of our group thourghly enjoyed them selves!!! The only complaint that I had would be the Dive operation (DRESSEL DIVERS), which contracts out to all of the resorts world wide. While diving, one of our divers had a BCD Power Inflator button stick in the inflate position, when we got back to the resort Dive Shop (DD) we asked to borrower a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the old one and install a new one, there reply to us was, "Are you diving through us? we replied NO, they said they couldn't help us, later on one of our divers wanted to rent a Wet Suit fot the Cenote Dive and he was also refused this due to the fact we did not book this through DRESSEL DIVERS, Dressel Divers is not a Diver Friendly Operation, through my eyes. This is the only BAD MARK we had about the resort. I would recommend this Resort very Highly, and I am looking forward to returnin to this place again.

Terry Davis
Dive Master/Master Scuba Diver
Co-Owner/Manager of Inland Scuba Divers LLC, a Padi Dive Center.
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