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

Dive with Cristina/El Presidente, Dec, 2004,

by Tracy Ashmore, CO, USA . Report 1479.

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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The good: Dive with Cristina is the best operation on Cozumel. It is run by Cristina Roman and her companion Luis. Luis has been an instructor on Cozumel for 30 years and Cristina about the same. Until last year they worked either as private instructors/divemasters or for the existing operations in Cozumel. Last year they purchased their own dive boat, Nena, and now offer a diving experience unparalleled in Cozumel. They are the best for four reasons: they actually care about their divers, they are passionate about protecting the reefs, they are extremely knowledgeable about the aquatic life, and they are extraordinary instructors eager to improve the quality of their newer divers' diving. They both speak fluent English (Cristina has a degree in architecture from a U.S. university). If you want it, you will be showered with individual attention and tips to improve your diving. After two trips to Cozumel with Cristina and Luis, my diving has improved exponentially, both from specific techniques for buoyancy control and overall confidence.
My husband and I have been fortunate to have their boat to ourselves on two occasions. While this experience will become increasingly rare, I'm sure, as word gets out about the quality diving experience offered by "Dive with Cristina," their operation is small enough that they will always avoid the cattle-car experience offered by other operators in Cozumel. I cannot say enough about Cristina and Luis. Where else in Cozumel can you have a private boat, enjoy sea kayaking between dives, and learn countless small details about the area while traveling to specific reefs. The website is

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Maui
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits, no touching the reef
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

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