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

Dressel Divers/Iberostar Cozumel, Jul, 2008,

by Howard Sauve, QC, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4205.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Roatan, Little Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 feet seemed to be the hard deck with Dressel; Dive times were limited to 60 min each for the morning dives & 45 min ea for afternnon dives.
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Not really set up for uwp; even the rooms have limited outlets ( single outlets, not doubles ), only 3 in our room total, so recharging batteries had to be well co ordinated.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We wanted an easy dive holiday. Coz was in our opinion the best value. Using the hotel op, Dressel divers, seemed like the thing to do. We were close to the best southern reefs, palancar/ columbia/ punta sur, so we dove the 'best'sites, all within 10-15 min. of the dock. We did however dive a couple of sites more than once. They use a fixed schedule re. sites, so you know going in where & when your diving. Booking a dive pkge ahead saved us 15 %, so this brought dressel a lot closer to 'reality', otherwise they're pricey. Extra dives taken on site were a lot more than I thought they should be. DM's are good, some much better than others ( Rachel) for finding / showing critters. Boats are fine, S I 's are back at the hotel since its so close.
If you're looking for max bottom time/ flexibility, this is not for you; if however you want a good price, we went june 28 to july 5, off seaon is the way to go, and Dressel make it easy and they keep things safe. Nitrox is free also.Lockers available at dive shop n/c.
Food was mediocre at best, but we weren't paying premium $$, so we were only a cab ride away from our favorite restaurants.. 'AI' is only 'AI' if you want it to be...
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