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Dive Review of Del Mar Aquatics/Casa Del Mar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Del Mar Aquatics/Casa Del Mar, Nov, 2012,

by richard welk iv, CT, US ( 1 report). Report 6759.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Roatan Saba Fla Penn Grand Cayman RI Ma
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Del Mar Aquatics specifies , encourages , recommends , safety at all times . Dive your computer and let dive master know when you are at 1000 psi .
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments
I found the crew to be very accommodating to the handling of cameras . There was a large fresh water barrel on board dedicated to cameras . I had just purchased a Canon s100 and placed it in a Recsea housing . On this trip I took 568 photos .

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Well , no fault of the operation or Casa Del Mar , but October weather wise is a little iffy . I had originally vacationed at Casa Del Mat in August 2012 , and enjoyed it so much I went back in October . It's important to point out that this is the first time in about 35 years that I have gone on vacation by myself . If it were not for Sandra at Casa Del Mar I do not know what I would have done,

From the moment I stepped out of the taxi I was made to feel like family , from everybody at the hotel to the dive staff . I had a large clean room with an enormous bed . The air was cold , plenty of hot water , three drying pegs outside for my gear , and it was cleaned everyday to perfection . Can not complain . I also had a TV that I did not have much time to watch .

They also offer an all inclusive plan that for , I believe 39 dollars a day , you get all your meals , drinks, including alcohol , and snacks and tips . I did not opt for this because I do not eat much . But at the end of my stay I added up everything I had spent , and it was very very close to that figure . So it might be something to think about .

When I asked about the dive package , Sandra recommended that because of the weather it would be better to buy the diving on a daily basis , which turned out given the weather to be excellent advice . I can not say enough about Del Mar Aquatics .

I have been going , off and on to Cozumel since 1985 , so lets be honest . Unless somebody has some secret spot that I am not aware of , most operators are going to take you to all the same reefs . At that point what separates one from the other , for me ,is service and safety . With safety being paramount for me . As long as I feel safe I will dive anywhere under any conditions .

When I was there , we had excellent pre dive briefings . Pointing out to us what to expect and also what was expected of us . Once you set your gear up for the first time , from that point on , if you wanted , you never touched your gear again , until you picked it up on the dock . The boats are large and comfortable , and for the most part rode pretty dry .

The dive masters are very astute at pointing out , even the most miniscule critter to the point where I kept asking , what the heck are you pointing at ?? If there were new divers on board , and we had a few , they were always made to feel at ease , and the dive masters always kept their eyes on them . Especially when air consumption was in question .

It was a very relaxing , affordable , and enjoyable vacation .

Oh I almost forgot to mention how Sandra hooked me up with YUCATEK in Playa Del Carmen to do some cenote diving . Another very professional dive operation that I was very satisfied with . If you have the opportunity or the desire to try cenote diving I would highly recommend Yucatek .
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