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Advanced Divers, 2000, Jack P. Gibson, Dallas, TX. Vis 75–100 ft. Dive your own profile. Restrictions: Agree with divemaster on the profile before the dive and then stay with the group for the drift dive. Diving for beginners: Don’t go, dive with Aqua Safari. Diving for experienced: As good as Cozumel offers. Advanced Divers is the best-kept secret in Cozumel. Imagine a 75-minute dive without seeing any other divers -1– just nurse sharks, hawksbills, angels and groupers. That’s what you get when you dive with Ricardo, Simone, Tony, and Susan on the Careyitos. Advanced Divers is an independent dive operation that does little advertis- ing and is not affiliated with a hotel or dive shop. We’ve been diving with this professional team twice a year for seven years, and they’ve never let us down. They don’t just let you dive your computer, they teach you safe breathing techniques to help you maximize your bottom time! They also know how to get you in the water at great sites when no one else is around. You leave around 9:00 AM. The Careyitos is a 12 ft wide, 38 ft. long Bertram with twin diesel Perkins (115 hp) engines. She’s not the fastest boat around but she’s plenty comfort- able with a large sun deck above and shaded deck below. After your first dive, they’ll pull into San Francisco or another beach and serve up ham sandwiches, fresh fruit, chips and homemade guacamole for lunch. After an hour and half, you’ll do your second dive for an hour or more. The

Careyitos is outfitted for 20 divers, but they carry only 10 unless clients’ request otherwise. They outfit her with safety gear, including life vests, flares, VHF and CB radios, and a DAN oxygen pack.

Aldora Divers, Aqua World Fiesta Inn, Sol Caribe/Crown Paradise, December 1998-January 1999, Carl Rutherford, Redmond, WA. Vis: 60- 80 ft. Water: 80 degrees. Sunny, dry, flat and calm, currents varied from dive to dive. Used Polartec with hood. My family went down with a profes- sional group. This group prearranged all the diving, transportation and accommodations. Representatives of our group were in Cozumel a week before make sure they arranged everything properly. They were told all arrangements were in order. But on the morning of the groups arrival, they told our representatives we had no rooms but they would put us up in another hotel. Of course, our meals and diving were at the Sol Caribe. We stayed in the Fiesta Inn one night. We had a poor room right next to the hotel entrance on the street. Most of the rest of the group never got a room at the Sol Caribe. We found out that the Sol Caribe had sold our rooms to guests that offered full fare. We had prear- ranged a discount six months before. The hotel continued to sell our rooms to walk in guest even after we had arrived. I would not recommend this hotel especially during the holidays. The rooms we had were ok but had no places to hang our scuba gear. The meals were good with many places to eat. The grounds were nice. There was

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