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Dive Review of Dive with Martin/Fiesta Americana Dive Resort in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel Island (Leeward side)

Dive with Martin/Fiesta Americana Dive Resort, Feb, 2005,

by Bob Sommerfeld, AZ, USA . Report 1574.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Sea of Cortez, Hawaii, USVI, Tahiti, Red Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 74 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dive was at Natural Underwater Park so knives, gloves and "No-Touch" rule were applicable
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Alot of plankton/back scatter in photos so a side flash and/or removeable flash are essential.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Dive with Martin was an enjoyable operation. $58.00 for 2 tank morning dive with ALL equipment. Left dock at 7:45 AM & returned at 11:45 AM. Bottled water & sliced cantalop provided between dives. Only 8 divers on the boat. Dive Master asked Divers what sites they wanted to dive before we departed the dock. Boat was small but fast (back-flip entry). First dive was at Columbia Reef, 85-100 feet. Saw hawksbill turtle & great coral swim throughs/canyons. Surface interval was spent on shore at San Francisco Beach (toilets, chairs, gift shop). Second Dive was at Santa Rosa Shallow, 35-55 feet. Saw Spotted Ray and lots of fish life. Good spot for macro photography.
Fiesta Americana Dive Resort was just "OK". Bed was hard as a rock. Music from pool area was loud from 8AM to 9PM. Food was bland at resterants. Buffet is "pushed/promoted" at every meal. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT go "All-Inclusive". Go into town ($6-9 taxi ride) for some meals and/or eat at the Reef Resterant accross the road. Order off the menu.
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