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Dive Review of Dive House in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/cozumel

Dive House: "Cozumel concerns wrong", Mar, 2018,

by Conrad Kantor, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10490 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [NonI must express my dismay with the Concerns about Cozumel review by a reader and their view of fish life. I have been diving Cozumel every year for over 33 yrs over 850 dives. My diving log registers dives from French Polynesia to Central America plus the Caribbean with more dives in Cozumel than anywhere else. I have used several dive shops but for the last 18 years I have used Dive House. Their operation is one of the best organized and professional and the divemaster’s reflect the same professionalism far surpassing any other dive shop I have been with in the past. I have seen them do rescues with divers and even witnessed them assist a diver out of air from another dive group (not Dive House). As to the reefs. The deep dives at 80 feet Columbia Deep, Palancar Bricks, etc. have less fish, it has been that way for a long time. Not sure why, not over fishing, because I never saw any one fishing the reefs in my time but have seen locals’ fish the reefs in Curacao, Bonaire, the DR and Central America. Cozumel is blessed with a current that brings nutrients over the reefs. The dives at 50 to 60 ft are like being inside an aquarium. Eagle rays, toad fish, moray ells, nurse sharks, turtles to grouper. Not sure where the review diver was but Paseo De Cedral and other reefs are loaded with fish, lobster etc. No change here over the years since I have been diving, plenty to see and I have the pics to show. They do have Marine Park officials monitoring the boats but none of them come on your boat to check wrist bands, thankfully. Boats loaded with spears etc. is a farce, I know the locals well, they would never allow that. Cozumel is the #1 dive place in the Caribbean, the locals know how important the quality of the reefs are to their economy. Many other dive locations have to deal with the reality of locals fishing reefs to feed themselves, like or not that is a reality, In Cozumel that does not happen, diving business is too important to the local economy. Plastic straws are a ha, ha moment to me. I live in CA and our politicians spend more time on that when they are blind to meaningful public transportation where it is overlooked, and everyone drives. I believe Undercurrent readers are wrong about a decline in marine life, “increased runoff, sewage, cruise ship visits, warming waters” (I have seen coral bleaching every where but not in Cozumel). Yes, there are many dive boats on the reef, looks like the 7th fleet at times but they maintain separation both above and below the water, respectful. Dive masters do try to keep divers from bouncing off the reef or damaging the reef, the reef is their livelihood and they know it. They are not shortsighted. I think the review in Undercurrent reflects what happens in dive and hotel reviews, the negative reviews get posted while most people that like where they dive or stay at a hotel are just happy with their experience and do not post a review.
Websites Dive House   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Central America, French Polynesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 81-°F / 27-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility -100 Ft/ -30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]80 ft max deep dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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By Gregory S Bruce in WA, US at Sep 07, 2018 18:36 EST  
Concur with you!
By Sue Ann Bivans in FL, US at Jul 21, 2019 09:17 EST  
Thank you for this review. My husband and I have over 900 dives but have not experienced Cozumel. We chose Secrets and the Dive House in November. Appreciate knowing it is a good choice.
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