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

Dressel Divers/Iberostar: "Iberostar and Dressel Divers November 2019", Nov, 2019,

by Jon Hoffmann, GA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 11367 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The Iberostar
Lush, jungle like property with peacocks and iguanas roaming free along with flamingos, parrots, coatis and other wildlife. Rooms are generally in 2 story buildings containing 8 rooms. Rooms are clean and comfortable but a little on the small side. If diving, ask for a room in a building close to the dive center located on the beach at the north west corner of the property. Plan on doing a lot of walking as the property is spread out with few direct paths to the lobby area where the main restaurants are located. Bring bug spray. The mosquitos are fierce late afternoon and at sunset.

Dressel Divers
If booking dives in advance, you will need to do so with their main office in Spain via email. Prepaid discount packages are available, but beware that the prepaid dives are not transferrable to others (unless you purchase a family package), so use it or lose it. And night dives are not included in the packages. Extra dives are about $55/tank. The dives shop staff are generally Europeans and the operation is definitely cattle boat. I donít blame them for maximizing their profits via seat efficiency, but after a while, 6 to 8 divers per guide takes some of the fun out of it. Itís definitely not boutique as you will be required to stay with the group and guide. You will need to lug all your own gear, set it up, and wash it. The dive guides are generally pretty good though and make up for some of the crowd hassle, but to keep things on schedule, expect shallow dives, generally with a stated max of 60 minutes to keep things on schedule. You can do 4 dives daily and a 5th dive when nite dives offered, but there is little to no deviation from the pre-determined dive sites. So expect to visit the same sites a few times if power diving for a week. Tank fills were consistently 2800-3000 PSI, but never over 3000. Bring a lock to store your gear in a bin overnight. Each boat had a couple ~10 gallon fresh water tubs for small and medium size camera gear, but forget dropping a big rig in them since the boats were usually around the 24 max capacity. There was also the problem of people dropping their masks into the camera tanks. The rinse tanks back at the dive shop were crowded and the water dirtied up quickly. The biggest advantage of staying at the Iberostar however was that most dive intervals involved a 5 minute stop back at the hotel pier. A definite plus for grabbing a quick drink, snack or something you forgot when boarding the boat. Lucas quickly became our requested guide because of his attentive but laid back style. Flo was a 2nd favorite and equally laidback under water.

The diving
The southern end of the Marine Park was closed recently in an attempt to let some of the coral impacted by disease recover. The farthest southern dive site currently allowed is Delila. Rumor is that the government will soon relent to the local dive industry and lift the embargo on the southern dive sites. Although the number of dive sites has been diminished, the cruise ships coming into port has not. Nor has the number of destination visitors. So as you would expect, the dive sites are all more crowded than in the past. Over the years Iíve noticed a greater percentage of Canadian, South/Central Americans, and Europeans coming to Cozumel. Cozumel seems to have landed on the map for Russian divers too. It definitely isnít the same laid back and sleepy dive island it used to be before the cruise ship ports opened up.
Websites Dressel Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Costa Rica, Thailand, Micronesia, Maldives, Indonesia, PNG, Palau, Malaysia, Philippines
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Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-82°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-120 Ft/ 24-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth & Time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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Subscriber's Comments

By Greg Bruce in WA, US at Dec 03, 2019 11:45 EST  
Just a couple of notes: The most southern dive site available to dive is La Francesa, which is a bit further south of Dalila and La Francesa has some nice swim throughs. The closed dive sites in the Palancar Reef system and further south reopen December 15th. Thanks for your report!
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