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Dive Review of Solo Buceo/Dreams in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cancun

Solo Buceo/Dreams, Jan, 2009,

by Tim Connors, Mn, UAS ( 1 report). Report 4654.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Rivera Maya , Bonaire, Roatan, Puerto Rico, St, Johns , Saba , St. Kitts, Statia , Bahamas Exuma Kays, Cozumel, Aquacat, Caribbean Explorer II, Ebcot Disney World....Dan And Colleen's lake
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 75 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive groups enter together and surface together. The dives are 45 minutes. The currents push you along so that is all the time that you need.
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They are not equiped for the photographers.The currents are very strong and fast. On my last day diving I took my Sea Life Reef Master with me for a few pix. They turned out OK. Didn't bring my external flash with.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments In late Jan. '09 my wife and I vacationed at Dreams Resort in Cancun Mexico. I usuall take a couple of dive trips in the winter with my dive buddies and with my dive shop too. Always on the agenda is a vacation with my non swimmer wife. I could learn very little about the dive shop at the resort on the web (Solo Buceo) . Well I brought my dive gear with me hoping for the best. Well, I had the most wonderful experience with Solo Buceo. The resort was probably the best all inclusive resort that we have stayed at and we've stayed at many over the last 30 years of vacations in the Carribean.
The resort sits at the tip of the Gulf of mexico and the Carribean Sea. The dive shop was very professional. Some times the boats are a little crowded but there are 6 divers per dive master. I dove with Jami , who has worked there for 20 years. The diving is all drift diving .the boat rides are 10 to 15 minutes from their dock. During the whole week Jamie handled all of my gear for me....even cleaned my gear!!!!There were plenty of colorful coral reefs with lots of animal life.Saw a few green morays,nurse sharks and hawks bill turtles. There were big schools of pork fish and I saw a fiew trumpet fish too.
The best dive was off of one ot the two wrecks in front of the resort. This dive was just Jamie and me. The wreck(Barco C-58) was broken in half by a hurricane and split in half. The two halves were about 200 yards apart. The 1st half of the dive(bow) was a scale down the rope hand over hand ( This dive was very strong current) Jamie told me that they only take experienced divers on this dive. We did a penetrating dive through many of the chambers. There was always light and exits easily available.The 2nd half of the dive was on the other 1/2 (Stearn) There is a trail of rocks to it. When we got there we came up the side of the boat very slowly and there lo and behold was the largest school of eagle rays that I have ever seen. I lost count at 23, Later on the dive boat Jamie had told me that there were over 50 of them. The currents were quite strong and you have to hold onto the wreck to keep in place. The dive was at 85 feet .so we couldn't stay more than 10 minutes on the stern half of the dive. It was an experience of a life time.Some times having low expectations pays off. It has been years since I dove in Cancun. I didn' like the dive shops. Well, if you want some good advice....dive with Solo Buceo they are one of the best and most professional dive shops that I have gone with. And their prices are very reasonable....Don't forget to tip the dive master and the boat captain too! ....tc



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