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Dive Review of Scuba Tony/Residencias Reef in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Scuba Tony/Residencias Reef: "Just OK", Mar, 2016,

by Ryan Black, MI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8912.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Dove with Scuba Tony for about a week in early March. Picked them because of glowing reviews on TripAdvisor. Very responsive and easy to deal with over email in terms of booking. Boats don't go with any more than 6 divers and are crewed by a dive master and captain. Captains were very helpful and kind. Dive masters were generally, as well, though it was clear that they were being pushed pretty hard in terms of workload (i.e., they were all super tired). Dive sites were nice given the weather conditions and a special effort was made to pick places that would be good. My big problem and the reason I wouldn't use them again has to do with the style of the diving. Way too much kicking when there was a healthy amount of current to propel us along the reef/wall. That, coupled with the arbitrary 50 minute dive times, meant we were either coming up with a bunch of air left in our tanks or spending the last 10-15 minutes of the dive drifting across relatively boring topography (since we had zoomed our way down the site). Again, to be clear, the staff were quite wonderful and very attentive, but this just isn't how we like to dive. Now we know to read the content on the website more carefully and will be choosing a diveop that lets us dive our tank. We are now also both nitrox certified, so that's another strike against them. Also, not a huge fan of their rental gear, which seemed to have some frequent problems.
Websites Scuba Tony   Residencias Reef

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Maui, Kona, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport CZM Getting There On the way down we flew into Cancun and did the shuttle/ferry/taxi combo. On the way back we flew MAYAir from CZM to CUN. This was much better and worth the money.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Most dives were capped at 50 minutes or 500 PSI, whichever came *FIRST.* Group generally came up mostly together (see general comments).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No camera bucket on the boats (small pangas).
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