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Dive Review of Dive With Eric/Casa Mexicana in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Dive With Eric/Casa Mexicana, Nov, 2008,

by Native Texan, TX, United States ( 1 report). Report 4616.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Cayman, Florida Keys, Canada, U.S. lakes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 90 ft. max, safety stop at 750 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving with Eric (www.divingcozumelwitheric.com) was the best I have ever experienced in many trips to Cozumel.

Eric is an independent operator that has close relationships with various dive operations in Cozumel. I took my 18-year old for her first dive trip in 11/08, and Eric catered to both of us with exceptional, personal service at a rate less than most of the dive operations on Coz.

He was the best guide I've ever had in Cozumel in pointing out the fish and every other living thing on the reef. It was my best Cozumel dive experience - ever.

We were always on small fast boats with less than 6 divers, plenty of food and water, and Eric even took care of our equipment. Everything was rinsed, dried, and hauled to the boat for our next day of diving.

I'd never been diving in Cozumel at this time of year. I was surprised to experience strong currents (at about 50'-40' depth) pulling us toward the surface. My daughter used a lot of air just trying to stay down - in those up-currents, buoyancy control was not even a strategy. Eric was right there, coaching her with hand signals and even hands-on help.

Accommodations: SKIP the CASA MEXICANA. After several visits to Coz staying in the Southern resorts and being less than thrilled, I thought I'd try an in-town hotel. It's clean, new, and shiny, but that's about it. The "pool bar" was abandoned by the "bartender" after about 6 PM. In fact, the whole place was like a mausoleum. No fun here. The breakfast buffet was mediocre. The fruit was always hard, unripened pineapple or some other unidentifiable specimen. The cooktops were always just firing up as we needed to get to our boat (8:00-8:30). The couple of times we were able to get hot breakfast made us decide to just go for the granola bars on the dive boat for the remainder of our trip. It was "free," also, but way better. The housekeeping staff was great, though. Our room was just as clean and shiny returning from the days' adventures as when we arrived. I tipped the housekeeper more than anyone at the hotel. The ocean-view balcony was nice for relaxing (and hanging wet swimsuits).
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