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Dive Review of Dive With Cristina in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Dive With Cristina, Jun, 2005,

by Rick Flaksman, MO, usa . Report 2129.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Dive With Cristina as a private dive operation by Cristina Roman, who has been a dive instructor for years. Her boat is the Nena, a converted freight boat, a 42-footer equipped with weather curtains, stereo, DAN Oxygen, DAN first aid, and a sun deck. There is plenty of shade. There is a head. Her prices are fair and generally include a home-made lunch. Her guacamole is the best around. There are plenty of soft-drinks and water. No alcohol on the boat. The Nena crew is well trained and very helpful, getting our gear put together and onto us, and right on the spot to help us out of the water. They had us take our gear off in the water and hauled it up for us, the last thing off before our ladder climb was the fins. There is a fresh water hose on the Nena and the water is heated by the engine compartment.

Cristina herself is an excellent guide, probably the best we've had. She pays close attention to novices, almost like taking them "under her wing". She helped one party in our group with a mask-clearing drill on a sandy part of the reef. Her pre-dive briefings were extensive, and during the 1 1/2 hour surface interview she was able to give plenty of pointers to divers who wanted them. There were two younger divers in our group, 11 and 13 year old sisters. They were really good! They and their parents went as a family. Since there were ten of us total, we had two divemasters.

It was a very laid-back dive experience, but very professional. The Nena is definitely not a fast boat, but for those who don't have to be the first divers at Santa Rosa or Columbia, this is the dive op to go with. There's a website:

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Bahamas, Aruba, USVI, Belize, Honduras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 83-86°F / 28-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80-110 Ft/ 24-34 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We dived as a group, Cristina or Luis enforced the depth limit, but we all had computers, so were a little independent above the depth limit. Divers who used their air first were up first, the rest of us continued on. The boat was right over us.
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 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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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