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

Dive House/Fiestamericana, Nov, 2010,

by Joseph Stehn, NJ, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5830.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Fiestamerica is a well maintained hotel. The staff was exceptonal and could not have been more helpful. Rooms were very clean and serviced every day. Water was provided daily. There are 3 restaurants (1 Mexican, 1 General and 1 Italian-sit down menu). The two buffet (Mexican, General) were hard to tell apart with their menu. Selections were the same almost every day and often the foods was warm at best. Its part of the all inclusive package. The food was OK, certainly not great. The sit down Italian restaurant was closed most of the week for a conference. The two nights we did eat there the food was very good as well as the service. The soups in all the restaurants were outstanding.
Dive House which was the dive operation was good. Always someone on the boat, 2 divemasters in the water at all times. Pretty much allowed you to dive your own profile but as it was drift diving the group pretty much stays together. Did not terminate dives for low on air early divers and continued the dive for others.
In summary I would stay again at Fiesta and use the Dive House operation. Wyndham is a step up from a hotel standpoint but also generally more expensive if you are looking for an alternative.
Websites Dive House   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving General Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving - back on boat with 300-500lbs - pretty much dive your own profile
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Cozumel is drift diving - that alone limits your ability to get a decent shot...need to "see it coming" as you won't be able to hover or go back for the majority of shots.
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