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Scuba Du, El Presidente, August 2000, George and Mara Chappel, Bossier City, LA. Vis: 100-120 ft. Water: 80-82 degrees. Dive restric- tions: depth and time. Our room was very clean, had plenty of room for dive gear, and the air conditioner worked great. Restaurants in the hotel served excellent food, but pricey. Scuba Du on the beach of the hotel. No room to store your gear at their little kiosk, so you had to lug your gear back and forth every trip. Diving packages were very affordable if you paid in cash, but if you charged it prices went up almost 20% by the time they added on all sorts of taxes and charges. Their larger boats were a bit on the slow side, but were reliable, had good shade, and an easy entry and exit. Appeared to only have 8 divers per boat. The crew provided bottled water before and after dives, and fresh fruit between dives. Changed gear over between dives. Unable to dive your own profile, but divemasters were flexible with bottom time and sent up dive buddies at 700 psi, allowing others to stay down longer. Dive- masters were knowledgeable and led good profiles. Coral heads and swim-throughs were fantastic. Saw plenty of big groupers, huge lob- sters, and a monstrous crab. Current was very cooperative.

Scuba Du, El Cozumeleno, August 2000, Lucien Gillham, Sherwood, AR. Vis: 70-80 ft. Water: 83 degrees. Sunny, dry. Seas Calm and flat, strong currents. wetsuit 1 mil. All-inclusive

El Cozumeleno was first class. Food and drink were great. Hotel and flight from Denver package from Sun Trips was a great buy. Don’t use the call USA collect card they give you. It costs $7.20 a minute. Scuba Du dive operation was competent, friendly and on time. Nitrox available. El Cozumeleno on the north end of the island required an extra boat ride to get to and from the dive sites but it was free and no problem. After the first day they moved experienced divers to a smaller boat. We dived computers after that, usually one hour dives. Divemasters Lena and Alfonso are very good. Saw four Splendid Toad Fish in 5 days, several large groupers, two turtles and lots of tropical fish. Currents were very strong on most dive sites. Stopping to look at anything was a chore and some days it was impossible.

Scuba Shack, La Ceiba, April 2000, Allen Garrison, Liberty, TX. Vis: 80 to 100 ft. Water: 82 to 84 degrees, calm and flat. Dive your own profile: yes. Dive restrictions: safety stop at 700 psi. La Ceiba Hotel — room 23 bottom floor last room on end only good thing; was a/c, it was cold. Electricity went out at least 2 times daily. Couldn’t use blow dryer at all; room could use a remodeling. Restau- rant on premises gets better every year but you can eat cheaper and better in town. Scuba Shack very good. The boat was great, plenty of room, well setup. Divemasters gave good briefings. Good service from crew, gave help when you needed it, left you alone if you didn’t. Diving was great,

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