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Dive Review of Scuba Du/Presidente in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Scuba Du/Presidente, Jul, 2003,

by Jeff and Colin Daniels, MI, USA . Report 565.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Florida Keys, Florida springs
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Yes. Follow divemaster. Return to boat with 500 psi. Didn't dive one day because of aftereffects of tropical storm.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Scuba Du ran pleasant, efficient dive service. Don't do special dives (Punta Sur, Maracaibo Wall, wreck) regularly, even if you ask in advance. If you want to do those, try to find other divers who also want to do them. Do Punta Sur if at all possible. Reefs in OK shape. Currents not as strong as expected. Lots of small tropicals. Few larger ones. Occasional turtle, shark, ray. Divemasters were all good, friendly, knowledgeable and safe, but not overly protective. Night dive on Paradise Reef was excellent. Short boat ride, long dive. Lots of lobster, large crabs, eels, octopus.
Took one day off from reef to dive with German Mendoza of Yucatech Expeditions in two cenotes on the mainland. Expensive ($135 per person), but worth the experience. Cost includes equipment, ferry, transport to caverns, guide and lunch. German handles everything and does an excellent job. The caverns we dove (Taj Mahal, Chuk Mool) have permanent guidelines that you follow. Even though you are supposed to be able to see daylight at all times, there are times when you feel like you are deep in a cave. Great introduction to that kind of diving. At end of dives German took us to some small restaurant in Playa del Carmen for lunch. Not a place I would ever figure to go, but had a great meal of authentic Mexican tacos.
Stayed at Presidente. Basically, what you hear is true. Nice hotel, large rooms, great beach, good service, expensive.
Topside, Punta Sur lighthouse is worth a look. Eating at Prima, Guido's and Pepe's Grill recommended.
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