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Discover Dive, August 1999, Cynthia E. Ledbetter (msled1@dallas.net) Dallas, TX. Vis: 80 to 100 feet. Water: 78 to 80 degrees, strong currents. Dive restrictions: depth/ time. Since 1990 costs have increased and attitudes toward tourists have declined due to the number of cruise ships. However, the reefs look healthy and there are abundant fish. Discover Dive is still an efficient safe operation but the turnover in divemasters and crew seems rapid. We’d never met any of the staff prior to this visit.

Dive House, Fiesta Americana, 2000, G. Sharp, Hendersonville, TN. Vis: 100-130 ft. Water: 82-84 degrees. Dive restrictions: depth. Food expensive at hotel, we had all- inclusive package so it was no problem. Dive operation was excel- lent, good boats and divemaster. On site gear storage was lockable (need your own lock). Hotel was a $7 ride in cab from town that was a small hassle. We had the cabin units that had large baths, sitting area and large bedroom. Also had lockable, outside closets ventilated to dry dive gear before packing. Divemasters requested max depth of 80-85 feet, but sites had plenty to see above that depth. (+52 987-2-1953; Fax +52 987-2-3068; e- mail dive@divehouse.com)

Dive House, Fiesta Americana, June 2000, LeRoy Anderson, Salt Lake City, Utah. Vis: 80 to 120 Feet. Water: 78 to 80 F. Dive your own profile: no. Dive restrictions: 80 feet, 35 minutes. My first few dives were quite well planned and supported, and

the Divemasters seemed quite atten- tive to my 12-year-old son who was making his first ocean dives. Palancar Gardens and Palancar Bridges were spectacular dives, Palancar Caves and Santa Rosa Wall somewhat less so, with Paraiso Reef and Yucab Reef in between. Gross deterioration in the quality of diving in terms of reef quality and fish life from 1995, especially with the new pier con- structed over the previously most beautiful spot in Mexico (Paraiso Reef), a real crime. During a night dive on Paraiso Reef, the divemasters dropped us too close to the pier as a group, allowing us to drift underneath the cruise ships. Fortunately they did not turn on the props, and when they picked us up around the cruise ships the divemasters were all in a panic. They hurried back to Fiesta Americana without saying anything, dumped us and our equipment off as quickly as possible, and beat it to points unknown. They offered no explanation or apology.

Dive House, Fiesta Americana, July 2000, C. Broughton, Rockville, MD. Vis: 60-80 ft. Water: 80-83 degrees. Dive restrictions: depth limits. Great dive operation; always had on divemasters in water at front of our group and one at the back; found “critters” for us. Didn’t think a “herd count” was a good way to check that everyone was back on boat – too easy to miscount with everyone moving around. Showers at dive shop only worked some of the time. Rinse tank water needed to be changed more than once per day. Needed another rinse tank. Twenty people rinsing gear in

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