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

Dive House/Fiesta Americana, Mar, 2012,

by Douglas Hansen, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 6779.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California, Baja California, British Columbia, Hawaii, Florida, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Bahamas, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 77 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions One hour dive time max, come up with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Fiesta Americana is showing its age. It is clean, but pretty worn. The food is served cafeteria style, and it is what one would expect in a cafeteria. You could make a reservation at the restaurant, but the food was prepared in the same kitchen, so it wasn't any better.
I found the diving to be surprisingly good. As an underwater photographer, I found that if I stayed in one spot too long, another dive group would come by in the current. It was like one big conveyor belt of divers. Once after surfacing, I found myself surrounded by seven different dive boats. In spite of the intense diving pressure, the reefs seemed to be in remarkably good shape. The Dive House boats were quite crowded for the morning dives; the afternoon dives had significantly fewer divers on board. The dive guides were generally not very good about keeping track of all of the divers. Fortunately, no one was injured or lost while we were there. The currents can be strong, and the guides were pretty good about reading the water and avoiding sites with excessive or difficult currents. The dive equipment storage area had small lockers for the baskets. If you intend to go with this operator, you may want to bring your own lock (with a thin hasp), as they charge a steep price to buy one of theirs.
Overall, the operation is run fairly well. Due to the large numbers of divers on the morning dives, you can't expect much in the way of personalized service. I would consider diving with them again.
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