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Dive Review of Dive with Martin/Hotel Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Dive with Martin/Hotel Cozumel, Aug, 2005,

by Jack Hall, CA, USA . Report 2941.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Belize, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Fiji. Cayman Islands.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Dive with Martin March 2006

I had previously written a very good report on Dive with Martin(2004). I now wish to retract that positive report. We were originally scheduled to go to Cozumel in October 2005,the week that Hurricane Wilma hit. We were going to stay at the La Ceiba which is just 200 feet or so from the cruise ship dock where Martin has his operation. When we rescheduled for March, 2006, because of unrepaired hurricane damage the only place we could stay was Hotel Cozumel much further away (about 2 miles). I called Martin and asked if this would be a problem and whether he could pick us up at the dock, and he said No problem. For the first night dive, when I called to see what time they would pick me up, I was told to get a cab to the cruise ship dock. I pointed out that I had been told I would be picked up at the hotel, so he relented and picked me up and returned me to the Hotels dock. For the second night dive I did, I again called and they again said that I had to get myself to the cruise ship dock and I again pointed out to him that he had agreed to pick me up at the hotel dock, so he relented. At the end of the dive, I was put out at the cruise ship dock and told to get a cab home! I protested to Martin (who claimed that he was not Martin), but to no avail. So I had to get a cab home with my gear. I felt this was a VERY poor way to treat a guest and I will NEVER dive with Martin again and I am sorry that I ever had good things to say about his operation.

The Hotel Cozumel was newly renovated thanks to Wilma. They were one of the first hotels to get windows- I understand from a local that this was because they did not have to wait for insurance money- they were able to finance their own repairs. The room was very nice and had a layout conducive to breezes and had a drying rack for dive gear on the small balcony area. Overall, I would give the Hotel an 8 out of 10. We did not have the all- inclusive, so I cannot comment on food.


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