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Dive Review of Los Careyitor/Advanced Divers/Reef Club` in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Los Careyitor/Advanced Divers/Reef Club`, Jun, 2002,

by Alana, Tx, uSA . Report 100.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Dominica, Australia, Tahiti, Virgin Islands, Roatan, Key West
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Safety stop at 500 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My husband and I hate to tell you but.....this is the best dive operator ever! We had hoped to keep the secret to ourselves but because traveling/diving has suffered somewhat since last year we want to make sure Advanced Divers/Los Careyitos continues to thrive. If you are a responsible diver who enjoys a top-notch professional operation, Ricardo Madrigal and his crew are for you. You are encouraged to dive your best under excellent safety and unobtrusive divemasters, Tony, Susan and Cielo (Ricardo's son). We have improved our skills under their guidance and had the most relaxing, most interesting dives possible. Whether you are highly experienced or relatively new, you can learn about both technique, marine life or both from this group. Out last vacation (third with Los Careyitos) was excellent - dive times exceeding 60 minutes, with 3-4 divemasters in the water, even for our group of less than 8. These folks are not obtrusive in the least, but are there to point out anything you might have missed and insure everyone is well-taken care of. Departure is from the marina south of town and the first dive lasts ' til lunchtime. Lunch itself is well worth the slightly higher cost - the best guacamole on Cozumel, with great make-it-yourselves sandwiches and tostadas, and lots of fresh fruit. After a nice relazing surface interval (long-enough for a siesta or snorkeling break), the second dive begins - again with long bottom lines and lots of expert, but relaxed, guiding. This is NOT cattle-car diving and Ricardo insures you visit uncrowded sites, both top-sde and under-water. Their boat is well-set-up and roomy with a nice sun-deck, a head and a good shaded area for setting up your gear. The captain and crewman are efficient and quick to help. If your primary interest is diving and learning with the pros, this is the best operator we've experienced from Australia to Tahiti to Dominica. We just hope we're not sorry we're telling the world......
On our most recent trip, we stayed at The Reef Club, an all-enclusive south of town and the marina - we would return again. Los Careyitos/Advanced Divers picked us up from their dock so it was very convenient and saved some of the travel time. All in all, and considering the very reasonable price we paid, the food was more than adequate and varied, the accomodations were clean and new, nightly entertainment was fun, and....how can you beat free Dos Equis on tap most of the day?
This was a great trip and we are looking forward to our return as soon as we have the bucks!
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