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Dive Review of Scuba Gamma/Amaranto B&B in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Scuba Gamma/Amaranto B&B, Mar, 2009,

by David Keys, OR, USA ( 1 report). Report 4722.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Kauai; Edmunds Underwater Park, WA; Lighthouse Reef, Belize; Hualtulco, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Redondo Beach, WA; Grenada; Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 45 minutes or 700 psi
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 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A 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 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Scuba Gamma was recommended by Jorge, the owner of Amaranto, so we booked through them. They are a short three blocks from the B&B and it was easy to check in with them. This is a small operation, with one open cockpit boat. Oxygen and radio aboard, but no toilet. Max six divers, so no cattle boat! The boat was VERY fast, and we passed many other dive operators going to dive sites, although we often got a late start. They set up the gear before each dive. Dove just four times; the sites were Punta Tunich, Paradise, Palancar Gardens, and Tormentos. Currents, particularly at Punta Tunich on the day we dove, were very strong. Being fairly novice divers, we were concerned about our ability to handle the currents... no worries! Just like flying! Lobster and turtles. However, were not overly impressed with the Paradise site, and many operators were dropping their divers there for the second dive due to its proximity to the marina. However, Palancar Gardens has some incredible swim throughs and cave formations, and we encourage anyone to check that site out. Surface intervals were spent aboard the boat, with fresh cantaloupe and some store-bought baked goods offered to re-energize.

My wife and I prefer to stay at bed and breakfasts when we travel, and we chose Amaranto B&B based on a previous recommendation through an Undercurrent review. As advertised, Amaranto is five blocks back from the main drag of San Miguel. It is clean and the breakfasts varied each day: pancakes, french toast, eggs/tortillas/beans, etc. They have a place to rinse your gear, and a line to hang up your wetsuits. We were a little disappointed that the soaking tub (think of a hot tub without the heat) was out of commission for most of the week. Missing a bar and pool, we would walk to the Barracuda Hotel and spent evenings there enjoying the swim up bar and atmosphere at the No Name Bar. And, on our last day at Amaranto, there was no hot water... at all. I'm sure our travel companions on the airplane enjoyed that! Even so, for less than $50 a night, it was still a good value.
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