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friendly, and passed out bottled water after each dive. One fellow is taking some of his groups to a new shallow site just between Delilah and Paso del Cedral. This seems to be the place where the big grouper have all moved to after they quit being fed at the old regular sites. On another dive, La Francesca Wall, we jumped into a ripping current that quickly broke our group into three separate pieces. Weird down currents caused me and my wife to abort the dive, but the poor DM chased the other two sections of our party all over the wall, brought up half the others after 10 minutes, and went back down to find the last few folks and get them back safely. He really earned his tip that day. Generally they geared the tours to the lowest common denominator. Dives were for 30 and 50 for 40 although they let me exceed! Both depth and time by a little bit without freaking out. I’ve got to admit that my favorite dive of the week was with DP late in the afternoon, while diving with my wife on Columbia Shallows. This site is really shallow, you’d have to break out a shovel to get below 29. But coming off the sand to within 7 of the surface are some of the prettiest formations of healthy coral I saw on the whole trip. first turtle, a nurse shark laying under an outcrop- ping, a couple of truly Great Barracudas, and a close up sighting of an Eagle Ray.

Dive with Martin, Crown Paradise (Sol Caribe new name), August 2000, Angel Carpenter and Stacy Byous, Duluth, GA. Vis: 100+ ft. Water: 82-85 degrees. Crown Paradise all-inclusive: Beds were

hard but after diving morning and night you can sleep anywhere. Food was O.K. Nothing fantastic but plentiful. Service was good and employees were helpful and happy. Rooms were clean and big enough to hang dive equipment to dry. Dive with Martin -– 1st time March 2000. Had great time. Everyone very helpful and happy in their work. 2nd time August 2000. Despite construction they were still happy, caring, and professional. Jesus was our divemaster for 7 dives and we couldn’t have asked for anyone better. Outstanding! He had a great way of making everyone relax. Really took care of business, fast and knowing where to find all the interest- ing underwater life. All boat captains helped with equipment both putting on and taking off. Very careful with new divers and older divers – made diving a pleasant experience for everyone.

Eco Divers, Seabreeze-Premier Cruise Line, May 2000, Steve Neal, Fairfield, TX. Vis: 60-100 ft. Water: 80-82 degrees. Dive restrictions enforced: 100 ft. max. Computers: stay as long as you had 500 psi and no deco. Lots of arrow crabs, goat fish, grey, French and Queen angels. Saw a spotted yellow stingray. Lots of large anemones, interesting dive throughs but sadly a lack of large fish or creatures. Carlos good divemaster, watched whole group, didn’t rush like most seem to nowadays. Dove from open panga, no cover, got sunburn between dives. Were told we would have covered boat at cruise ship dock but not so. (+52 52- 9872-5628)

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