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Dive Review of Dive with Cristina/Costa del Sol in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Dive with Cristina/Costa del Sol: "Cristina Magic", Dec, 2018,

by Glen Madsen, UT, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10801.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Cristina totally earns her 5 star rating! We were a group of 13 divers with 6 brand new diving for their first time in the ocean. Cristina had 2 dive master (Rafael and Amanda) taking 3 newbies each and gave them tender loving care. They had extra long briefings and were watched over extremely well and given lots of training in buoyancy/trim and breathing technique. The rest of us also had great care with Cristina and Angel. They took us on 3 dives per day and fed us snacks between dives 1 & 2 and then a fabulous lunch between dives 2 & 3. Everyone loved the fresh ceviche so they brought even more on subsequent days. We dove with them for a week and never touched our gear. Full service is defined by these folks They take extra care in cleaning and prepping our masks so we had no fogging. The boat is large and very comfortable. There is great seating and they bring your rig to you and suit you up for an easy giant stride in. Upon return they take your rig from you and you go up the ladder with ease. The entire group was awed by how well we were taken care of. Simply an amazing experience. All the gear was in great condition and the boat is very comfortable. Can't think of a single thing they didn't do for us. I would highly recommend Cristina and her operation to all readers!

The diving was great with visibility in the 80' to 100' range. There had been some weather the week before and the water showed a bit cloudy for what we are used to in Cozumel. Reefs were in great condition. We sadly only saw one large grouper, fear they have been fished out. We did see many turtles and spotted eagle rays foraging for conch shells, what and experience. With so many new people is was satisfying to surface to the many oohs and aahs and "can you believe how awesome that was" on most every dive.

Costa del Sol is a divers paradise. The grounds are immaculate and the pool area is always clean and warm. Having the pier on the property is just heaven, no taxi hassles just pick you right up at the pier. We would go to town each night for local food with our favorites being La Catrina (pineapple boat filled with el Pastor, divine) El Morro (Yucatan chicken, yum yum) and El Billy's for a meat feast! We have so much fun finding these local places and the food never disappoints.

We used to rent cars but the island has so much traffic from the cruise ships that it is just too sketchy. we hire a driver with a 15 passenger van and he would take us wherever we wanted for a fair price. A much better option for sure.
Websites Dive with Cristina   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bahamas, Hawaii, Roatan, BVI, USVI
Closest Airport CZM Getting There coonection via Dallas on American Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 lbs for safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 We had a couple go pros but nothing major.
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