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Dive Review of Dive House/Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resor in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Dive House/Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resor, Mar, 2006,

by Ron Jyring, ND, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 2451.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving ND, Key Largo, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, New Providence Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 6
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Supposed to stay at or above divemaster.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Had a new digital camera. The combination of shutter lag and very fast current resulted in many blurred and off-set photos. At times I wished for my old film camera with its instant shutter release.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Our second time in Cozumel and we returned to Fiesta Americana & Dive House. Hotel was very good and met our needs: not luxurious, but comfortable and a very good value. Went with the all-inclusive package this time and was glad for it. There were a lot of flies around the buffet area. My youngest son often at on the pier to avoid them. Staff and service were outstanding.
Dive House was on site, convenient, competent, but not as exceptional as on our trip in Jan 2005 when two of the DM's really stood out.
In contrast to Doc Vikingo's report in Undercurrent 21:4, we were surprised by the LACK of apparent hurricane damage to the reefs (except during shore dives), especially when compared to the destruction on the surface. HOWEVER, every site we dived was different from the ones we saw in 2005, so we can't make direct comparisons.
I would definitely go again (hopefully soon!), and stay at Fiesta America, and use Dive House.
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