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last September. Saved a bundle by staying with friends but missed a/c at night. Martin treated just like family, or better depending on your family. Dove with small groups, flexible scheduling did morning afternoon and night diving. Highly recommend the afternoon trips as most the cattle boats are done in the morning. Divemasters were all very helpful creating safe dive plans and really went the extra mile assisting new divers and conve- niently stayed out of the way of more experienced buddy teams. Really enjoyed the deeper section of Colom- bia reef around 80 to 100 feet. Coral formations covering three story rock towers. Saw a turtle everyday but one out ten dive days. Dove with Martin personally on Barracuda and San Juan. Divemasters Jesus and Dario seemed to know the address of all the fish colonies in the park. Free video and night dive. Martin had a larger boat for a group of ten that insisted diving together and arranged special trips at no extra charge for more experienced divers wishing to go to Punta Sur and Barracuda.

Dive with Martin, LaCeiba Resort, June 2000, Charles Bottarini, Sandpoint, ID. 12 days of some of the best service I’ve encountered. Our rooms, in the old section, third floor, were clean and comfortable, basic, but geared toward divers. This section is closer to bar, pool, restaurants, etc. The tower is new; rooms are nicer and a better view, but we don’t sit in our room anyway. Hooks for hanging gear on patio, AC. Cruise ships proved to be no problem as most people went to town to shop and eat. Only a small

number of passengers made use of La Ceiba. The food was as good as you will find on Cozumel with a few exceptions. We ate a fair number of meals there and were most pleased; prices are moderate. The staff works long hours and even at the end of a very long day managed to find a smile when giving service. The facility was neat as a pin. The grounds are very pretty and with two main pools, a bar pool, lots of lounge chairs, some hammocks and a cold drink, what more to ask for? Never concerned about our gear as their security around the facility, lock boxes at the desk for passports, plane tickets, cash at no charge. Martin picked us up at La Ceiba dock. Martin runs a tight ship and expects the best from his staff. He runs small groups and except for one divemaster I enjoyed them all. There were 11 of us on the night dive but he broke us into 2 groups and it went smooth. The diving went very well but the currents kept changing direction and it stirred up the bottom; max vis. was about 100’, down to 40-50’ at times. If you have a camera expect to be watched like a hawk as they don’t like photographers. I got a bucket of rinse water; out of 7 days they had to be reminded several times. Otherwise, Martin is a good bet. He will do everything to make it an enjoyable experience. LaCeiba is at the south end of the island, putting them minutes from most dive sites. As the boats are small this was of impor- tance. Even a short ride could be a long one in rough water. LaCeiba 4.5 out of 5. A noisy fan and slick floors when wet were my only complaints.

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