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

Dressel Divers/Iberostar Riviera Maya, Aug, 2006,

by Frank Nelson, P, USA . Report 2699.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Searching the internet I found their mother co in Spain who offered a 15% discount if booked thru them prior to your departure. They sent an email receipt that you had to download and copy. Quality of receipt was not good. Arriving at the shop I was told I would have to do a checkout dive. No one in Spain told me this. It was a waste of time and money considering my experience. Watching other divers who already had the checkout were a disgrace (buoyancy problems, gauges dangling, no concern for other divers, cattleboat). These few divers should not have been on/in any type of water. Even thou I had purchased a package from the mother co I was looked at strangely. I purchased a few cenote dives and the treatment was better, however the quality of divers left a little to be desired especially in an overhead enviroment. The divemasters were fluent in English and were very well equipped and knowledgeable in this field. Even with the poor divers the DM still kept his cool and professionalism. I did learn from the DM that he was obligated by Dressel to take the paying divers to the cenote because it was more money for the shop.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Micronesia, Bahamas, Jamaica, Caymans, Jersey wrecks, New York, Rhode Island, Turks&Caicos, Belize, Honduras, Aruba, Bonair, Curacao, Guaynaha ]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40-150 Ft/ 12-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions had to stay near divemaster and depth limit in effect, as was a max time no matter what air was left
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments no accomodations(rinse bucket, etc) divemaster did hand down and pick up camera when dive was finished
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