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note that few divers tipped the divemaster even when they agreed he lead an outstanding dive. Our dive- master was attentive to our interests in finding unusual and rare life, often locating and pointing out macro life. He even accomplished this at times when there was a swift current of several knots and in the darkness of a night dive. Notable finds included 10 octopus on one night dive, several large hawksbill turtles, a 4-500 lb leather back, miniature sea horses and several 6-7 inches long and a male caring young, sleeping nurse sharks, spaghetti worms, flamingo tongue snake eels, eel fish (garden eel) a dancing clam. Schools of queen angels and French angels, squid, hermit crabs, brittle star fish. Sand dollar, giant star fish, an older octopus with silver dollar size suckers, huge barracuda, garden variety reef fish, drum fish, jackknifes, pelagic jacks at Punta Sur and a Jew fish. Sting rays, two inch flounders. Great decision to do the cenote dive on the last day to allow for shallow dive, off-gassing, rinsing of gear. Even if you are a gorilla diver, it certainly is worthwhile to take a day to explore the windward side of Cozumel with its rugged and wild coast, jagged coral interspersed by sandy beach coves. Prevailing easterlies bring continuous surf. Blowholes in the exposed coral roar with each surge, inhaling and exhaling in a breathing rhythm. Several beach bars offer a place for lunch with margaritas or cervezas. Couldn’t praise Deep Blue enough for the wonderful dive experience we had.

Del Mar Aquatics, Le Ceiba Hotel, October 1999, Doug and Laura Young (oceanlakescuba@aol.com), Waco, TX. Vis: 100 to 150 Feet. Water: 78 to 80 F, calm. Stay with group for drift diving purposes. Don’t go below or ahead of divemaster. Reasonable. Del Mar Aquatics ran out of weights so divers could not shore dive until they brought more. Shore diving from Le Ceiba is always good. This was our 10th return visit. Del Mar divemasters and counter staff helpful. Le Ceiba enjoyed by all. Receptionist had all our room paperwork and keys filled out for us before we arrived so check-in was very speedy. Drank water from faucet and felt fine. Economical dive vacation. (Ph: 800-621-6830)

Del Mar Aquatics, Le Ceiba Hotel, March 2000, Richard A. Staton, Fort Smith, AR. Vis: 100 to 150 ft. Water: 79 to 80 degrees, slightly choppy. Dive your own profile: no. Dive restrictions: 80 ft. Went with a large group. Love diving Cozumel. Del Mar’s boats were very adequate and the staff was helpful. I do not like the 80 ft. limit and the lack of self- guidance. I like the drift diving. La Ceiba left a little to be desired.

Del Mar Aquatics, La Ceiba, March 2000, Peter Burgher (Pete@MARELCO.com), Captiva, FL. This trip seemed cheap at $1200 for a week of diving but it turned out to be no cheaper than a trip to Cayman Brac or Bonaire because the price did not include food. Not that food in Cozumel is so expensive. It is actually quite good (especially at our hotel Le

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