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Dive Review of Dive Mike/Iberostar Tucan in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Playa Del Carmen

Dive Mike/Iberostar Tucan, Sep, 2005,

by Karen Driskill, California, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 1933.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Dive Mike in Playa Del Carmen (PDC), is a safe and reliable operator. That being said, Mike the owner is looking to sell his business so I only hope that whoever buys it will continue with the laid back, high quality service he currently promotes. We purchased a package of dives that included open water in both PDC, Cozumel, and cenote cavern dives. In PDC and the cenote the ratio of divers to dive master ranged 2:1 up to 5:1 max, except in Cozumel. All the boats were covered so we always had sun and rain protection. All dives were scheduled 2 tank dives. All dives were drift dives. There is definitely a range of diving to be experienced in and around PDC. We saw lots of turtles, barrel sponges, big Tarpons, barracuda, and lots of little colorful fish. We would recommend diving the cenotes for an experience unlike ocean diving.
We were advised that due to the intensive Hurricane season in the Atlantic and Caribbean seas that currents were a “ bit stronger” than usual, at some point that became an understatement. Please avoid Scuba Staff in Cozumel. Our experience was they do not place a high priority on safety nor pre dive communication. They took 8 divers with varying skill and certification levels and did an intermediate wall dive with a wicked current that pulled at your regulator. No problem for 4 of us, but at least 3 of the other divers was bouncing off the coral like a southern California beach volleyball.
Overall, PDC is nice place for beginner and intermediate divers. If you want a Disney land e-ticket ride go to Cozumel. You know perhaps we just might do that next time!!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving California Channel Islands and Southern California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-120 Ft/ 12-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Air consumption
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

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