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Dive Review of Juan Pablo Silva C. in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Juan Pablo Silva C., Mar, 2009,

by Robin Chisholm, IN, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4668.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Southern California, Catalina Island, Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Virgin Islands, Majorca, Galapagos, Belize, Roatan...
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 72 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We dove our own profile as long as we stayed within visual range of the group so we could be picked up by the boat upon surfacing.
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Drift diving does not make for easy photography. The big boat was equipped with a fresh water rinse barrel. The small boat had no rinse facilities. Divemaster and boat captain were helpful in getting the camera into and out of the water.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Juan Pablo is one of the best dive masters I have had the pleasure of diving with in several years. He is conscientious, helpful, not overbearing, easy going, and fun to be around. We had a day that was too windy to go out and he was very nice about calling our hotel early in the morning and later in the day to keep us posted.

The first day of diving was on the small boat with only six divers. Because it was drift diving, we did not all have to surface when the first person ran out of air. The boat followed on the surface and picked up divers as needed. Juan Pablo made sure the boat arrived and the divers were safely out of the water while we continued exploring the reef. He showed us many swim throughs and found turtles on every dive. We saw several large southern stingrays, turtles, nurse shark, lobster and large grouper in addition to the usual assortment of tropical fish. The reef seems to be in pretty good shape and appears to be recovering nicely after the hurricane.

Our second day of diving was on the larger boat with a group of 12 divers. Juan Pablo did a great job of managing a large group and making it seem as if my daughter and I were the only divers on the trip.

I will definitely be calling Juan Pablo again on my next trip to Cozumel!
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