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

Dive with Cristina/Fiesta Americana: "Great Cozumel Diving, Again!", Mar, 2016,

by Ron Jyring, ND, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9231.

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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Diving: My family and I have dived Cozumel many times, using several companies. Dive With Cristina was, and remains, the best. We don't even bother looking at other companies.

This a small, family operation. They have never seen our C-cards. Instead, on the way to our first dive, they talked with us (and especially with our newly-certified, teenaged sons) about our experience, skills, and hypothetical responses to problems. They kept a close eye on us that first dive, but gave us increasing leeway on subsequent dives. I felt VERY comfortable with that approach.

Their boat is slow, but also comfortable. There are both exposed and covered sites. A hearty sandwich lunch is provided. They do not do night dives.

This particular trip was every bit as good as previous ones. Current varied from strong to none, depending on the site. Unlike previous trips, we only saw two sharks and no turtles, but also no lionfish. There were several endemic splendid toadfish, big angelfish and barracuda, and lots of crabs, lobsters, and featherdusters.

IMPORTANT NOTE: They do NOT accept credit cards. Be sure to have enough cash for your dives.

Accommodations: We have previously stayed at the Fiesta Americana, which has been renovated since our last trip. While we miss the former colors, it is otherwise very nice, with excellent staff. Rooms are nice. The buffets are tasty, if uninspiring. There is nice snorkeling to the north (we've never gone south as that would require a return against the current). Scuba gear is available from the on-site Dive House company. I've done it twice, but it's pretty shallow with a stiff current, so snorkeling is a better option for us.

Summary: Great diving, company, and hotel. I can't wait to return.
Websites Dive with Cristina   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving ND, FL Keys, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Cozumel, Akumal, Puerto Aventuras, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Big Island
Closest Airport CZM Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80-80°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with and above divemaster. Very tolerant of my photography. Never prompted to hurry.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None 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 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No dedicated camera bucket. My gear is relatively cheap and I just rinsed it off between and after dives.
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