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Dive Review of Dive with Cristina/Villas El Encanto in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Dive with Cristina/Villas El Encanto: "Dive with Cristina--Built for comfort not speed!", Apr, 2017,

by Robert L Short, CO, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 9568 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Utah, California, Akumal Mexico, Cozumel, Philippines
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There Flight from Denver to Dallas to Cozumel arriving about 3 pm

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions we always stayed with the dive master. some of the divers were very experienced and used cameras and had no qualms about no venturing off on their own. We were watched and monitored by the dive master but not controlled
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 For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments no dedicated table for cameras, saw no plug ins for recharging batteries, they did h ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments I vetted many dive operators in Cozumel and was looking mainly for a larger more comfortable dive boat that wasn't a cattle boat. I chose Dive with Alison but when I confirmed my dates she was to be out of town and she referred me to another operator who wouldn't book me as a single diver on my dates--why I have no idea. Further searching I picked Dive with Cristina with her 42 ft. boat the Nina. As a more mature diver I'm built now more for comfort and not speed and Nina seemed my kinda boat. Older and slower but with lots of room to move around--a head and a large comfortable soft area for sitting. Nothing but 5 star ratings on Trip Advisor too. Giant stride for entry and large ladder for re-entry onto the boat. I contacted Cristina who replied right away and we confirmed my dates--no pre-deposit of monies needed your word with her was good enough. She asked me where I was staying and said she would pick me up at my hotel each morning and take me to the boat--no charge--can't beat that. I also wanted to get my Nitrox cert while there and she said no problem she would have the materials there for me when I arrived. I contacted her on Whats App once I arrived and she told me the pick up time the next morning and was there with her van to take me to the boat. Cristina never dove with us during my stay but turned me over to her dive master Javier once we reached the boat. He inquired about ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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