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Dive Review of Dressel Divers/Iberostar in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Dressel Divers/Iberostar, Jun, 2013,

by Cynthia Cook Boling , TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7056.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Bottom line - it was all great. We usually go to Cozumel in September and this is the first trip in years that we went early in the year - it was a great decision. The weather was perfect with a cool breeze and less humid. And - the days last longer! We have stayed at the Iberostar for the past 6 visits because we have no interest in going to town and the reef, most particularly Santa Rosa Wall, is right out front. Note that I indicated there was NO CURRENT. Anyone who has been to Cozumel would think I made a mistake but I did not. After our first dive, I came up asking if we were really in Cozumel. Whatever current we encountered during our 5 days of diving was very mild. The reef has also recovered beautifully from the hurricane damage. It was wonderful to see the new growth and the brilliant colors. I saw some orange and lime green growth I had not seen before. Lots of fish - small and large. AND we saw 5 to 6 ft Grouper/Jew Fish that we had not seen in a long time. Also 2-3 ft what I think were Parrot Fish. Dressel Divers is a great operation. They know us but that would not have mattered - after the first dive they try to group like-experienced divers for all dives. We had the same group for all five days and of course that made for a fun evening talking about the dive. But even though the DM knew we all know the drill he always gave us a briefing which we all respected. He also understood when one of our group explained the need to wear gloves and accepted she was mature enough to make that decision. AND if you pay in advance you get 20% off the cost - nitrox is free. The Iberostar is very comfortable. We always ask for a mattress topper. The all inclusive food is also good - lots of variety at dinner. But still drink the bottled water and brush your teeth with it too. We did not spend any time in the pool - too many people never left the pool bar...know what I mean? You need to know this is not a sandy beach water entry - the reef runs right up to the shore but that makes for good snorkeling. I love diving with Dressel out of the Iberostar in Cozumel - we leave Dallas at 10:30 am and are on the beach by 2:30 pm! I'm ready to go again!
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Turks Caicos; Cayman; Belize, Roatan/Utila, Bonaire, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 75-120 Ft/ 23-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Not particularly restrictive except for ascent time so that most surfaced together based on air consumption. The current does not provide for diving an individual profile but we certainly were not restricted.
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 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Surprisingly there was no clean water bucket on the boat for cameras. In the past there has been a camera bucket. On shore there is a dedicated rinse tank for cameras and regulators.
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