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

Scuba Shack/El Presidente, Aug, 2004,

by Michael Emerson, MN, USA . Report 1852.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Fiji, Myramar, Phuket, Palau, Little Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions By computer
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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat was small and had no specific accomodations

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Hurricane Emily appeared to have very little impact on the reefs where we dove. Palancar Horseshoe was very good with 100+ visibility. Saw a 6ft+ free swmimming moray eel and several turtles very closeup. Also saw a very large baracuda. Several in our party saw two sea horses and an eagle ray up close and personal.

This was the first dive trip for my 11 year old son and adult friend. The dive masters were great with both and made sure that we had dive sites where both experienced and novice divers could enjoy themselves. We also had a great night dive at Paradise Reef and saw several lobsters and a free swimming octopus.

The Presidente had experienced some surface damage as a result of Emily but things were well under repair during our time at the resort. All and all, the rooms were nice, the view great, and the food was very good as well.

My 11 year old son has already learned that the trip home is the best time to start planning the next dive trip!
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