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Dive Review of Tres Pelicanos Dive Center in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/San Miguel

Tres Pelicanos Dive Center: "Grea time with Tres Pelicanos/Casa Mexicana", Sep, 2018,

by Richard J Lunsford Jr, KY, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 10517 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Sept. 1st started an 8-day stay at Casa Mexicana; nice big room, really comfortable bed, clean, flat-screen t.v., mini-fridge, safe, hot water could be get really hot, AC was fine, wifi served fine (I wasn't streaming much video). Good location; near the waterfront, souvenir shops and places to eat. Maybe 15 minute (?) walk to the Mega supermarket, 5 minutes to Tres Pelicanos dive shop. Good breakfast buffet included - starts around 7 a.m.

Dive 4 dives/day till 2 morning dives the last day, so 26 dives/day. Afternoon trips are contingent upon 2 booked in advance or 3 last minute, but every trip went. Cozumel has a variety of coral topography and decently fish; saw black, yellowfin, 1 Nassau (& I think 1 tiger) grouper, several nurse sharks and green moray eels, sea turtles, plenty of schools of grunts, more ocean trigger fish than I've ever seen, splendid toadfish, even some out-of-season eagle rays and some reef sharks (one dive). Saw dolphins on a surface interval.

Meet at dive shop at 7:45 a.m., soon transported to marina, board boat (liked the Skinny Shark; nice and wide), 2 tanks in the morning, dropped for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours at the Money Bar for lunch, picked back up in the afternoon, 2 tanks, back to hotel around 6 p.m., give or take 30 minutes. I dove 100-cf AL tanks (fills good but not to 3,300 PSI, so not a full extra 20-cf, but it's my understanding that's common across a range of dive op.s due to the tank provider - still worth the extra bottom time). My gas consumption is decent, not great; I tended to turn low early, the guide lets you head up on your own, and my average dive time was a hair under 1 hour/dive (with 1st dive cut short as I underweighted myself). Dove nitrox all week. Entries via backroll.

Tres Pelicanos has a sustained strongly positive reputation on Scuba Board, both as a dive op. and for great value package deals with Casa Mexicana, and they offer up to 4 dives/day (not counting night/twilight). Cozumel doesn't lend itself to 4 dives/day like Bonaire or a live-aboard, but it can be done, and while I was wiped out and falling asleep around 8 p.m., I had a fine time. Didn't need to rent a car. Airfare was good value. Overall trip good budget for what I got. My BCD tore up, and they let me use a rental and didn't even charge me!

Highly recommended.
Websites Tres Pelicanos Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire (> 150 dives), Key Largo (20 dives), Jupiter, Fl (17 dives), Belize via live-aboard (26 dives), Caymans via live-aboard (25 dives), Turks & Caicos via live-aboard (27 dive), St. Croix (15 dives), North Carolina (9 dives), California Channel Islands (24 dives), some on Caribbean cruise stops.
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There Flew from Nashville to Atlanta to Cozumel on Delta, Coz. to Dallas-Ft. Worth to Nashville on American coming back.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There's a cooler for cameras, and they can hand your camera to you if you wish.
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By report author: Richard J Lunsford Jr in KY, US at Oct 03, 2018 20:26 EST  
Meant to add a link to my more elaborate Scuba Board review with photos - www.scubaboard.com/community/threads/tres-pelicanos-casa-mexican-trip-report-sept-2018.567606/
By Craig A Wood in PA, US at Oct 04, 2018 19:42 EST  
Nice review Richard. I hope to get back to Cozumel one of these days.
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