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ColoDaleandLorie wrote a review Jun 2020
Westminster, Colorado8 contributions10 helpful votes
I dove with Raul Platas, owner and divemaster, of Bottom Time Divers in Cozumel Mexico this last week along with a friend that came down from the US for a week. The port was opened for limited numbers of divers due to the changes in quarantine. This trip I was one of two divers on the boat. All dive sites but a couple are open and we dove the southern dive sites. Raul found quite a few interesting fish and creatures including flying gurnards, pipefish, sea slugs while our group saw quite a few turtles and many green and brown spotted eels. I took hundreds of photos. Our dives were long and relaxing in part due to Raul's knowledge of the reefs and since the current was very slow. I have dived with Raul before and I believe that he really likes to dive. I had not dived since the end of March so it was good to get back in the ocean. I think all of us were a bit rusty but we picked it back up quickly. During this limited reopening, the dive op was required to take safety and health precautions for the operation including distancing, spraying down the boat with disinfectant (before and after diving), handling of diver regs and masks and handling of surface interval snacks and water. All of which he had to certify with local authorities. We felt safe being on the boat. I have no complaints about this trip and will dive with Bottom Time Divers again.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Bill S wrote a review Oct 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Raul is the best dive master on the island, been coming here for 17 straight years and this years trip was no exception. Diving was great, slow current and as always raul seems to know where all the sealife is. Saw plenty of sharks, eels - 1 was free swimming and was 6feet long, turtles and even found an octopus this year. Raul always takes care of everyone on their trips, will even teach new divers and do open water classes .
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Responded Jan 12, 2020
Its allways nice to see you over and over and thank you for keep coming back, next time we will probably see eagle rays
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Banon8 wrote a review Aug 2019
Dallas, Texas5 contributions11 helpful votes
My wife and I have been going to Cozumel for over 30 years. Raul is the best dive master, and has the best dive operation, that I personally know on the island. We met and dove with him prior to Bottom Time, but have been diving exclusively with him ever since he started his own operation. He runs with Captain Manuel on the 6 pack covered fast boat, Julieta. If you stay south of town at a place with a pier, they will pick you up at your pier at the agreed upon time, and he is very good at being on time. A typical 2 tank morning dive goes like this. Meet the boat at your hotel pier at 8am (or whatever time is set). Bring your gear the first morning, or if you have arranged for rental gear he will have it on the boat. Raul greets you and assembles BCDs/Regs, then sorts out weights as the group talks about where to go. After that it is 15, maybe 20 mins, as the boat heads off to the chosen first site. This is the time that everyone gets to know each other, and Raul gets a feeling for experience levels in the group. Bottled water is available in the ice chest. When we get to the first site, Raul does a briefing and ensures everyone is good with their gear. He may or may not enter first to check currents, depending on site and conditions, then we back roll entry as a group, descending together when everyone is good. Cozumel is almost exclusively drift diving, so Raul leads the group and everyone stays “up current” from him. If requests have been made to see certain things at the site, Raul is very good at finding them, but in general he points out creatures of interest along the way. Turtles, nurse sharks, green and spotted morays, lobsters, crabs, southern and yellow stingrays, and misc reef fish are all common. Some creatures like splendid toad fish, sea horses, and bat fish are more site specific, so if you are a photographer looking for those make sure to mention that. If the group is comfortable with it, when the first buddy team is low on air (700 psi or 50 bar) or bottom time, Raul sends his safety sausage to the surface on a line from depth. The low time buddy team then ascends under the sausage to do a safety stop, after which they surface by the sausage and are picked up by Manuel. The other buddy teams can continue the dive with Raul as their air/bottom time permits. Hence the name “Bottom Time Divers”. When getting on the boat after a dive, weights, BCDs, and fins are handed up before going up the ladder. Manuel has towels and bottled water ready. Once everyone is back on the boat, we head for a close pier or beach for a 1 hour surface interval where we have fresh fruit, maybe bananas and mangos or watermelon, and a selection of cookies (I am partial to the Oreos). It is uncommon, but if a rainstorm hits, the boat has a stash of storm jackets that are warm and keep the rain off. After the surface interval we are off to the next site, typically only a few minutes away. Briefing, same surface entry, etc etc, then back on the boat and back to the hotel pier(s). If you brought a beer with you from the hotel and put it in the ice chest, now is the time to pop it open. Here is one of my favorite things. If you are diving multiple days, Raul keeps your gear until the last day. He takes it home with him, rinses it, and hangs it to dry. The next morning when you meet the boat at your hotel pier your gear is already assembled on a tank and waiting for you, including a fresh smelling wetsuit! A couple other things I will mention. Raul is excellent at recognizing when someone needs a little help, whether it is not enough weight, ear issues, or whatever, and is fast to react. He also does training for those looking to do checkout dives, a specialty, etc. I can’t recommend him enough.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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LisaMarie62 wrote a review Aug 2019
Palm Coast, Florida37 contributions20 helpful votes
We love diving with you Raul and Bottom Time! Very attentive service! We would not dive Cozumel with anyone else. Safety and passion for diving are the focus of this first class operation.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Sean L wrote a review Jul 2019
25 contributions4 helpful votes
Absolutely incredible service. I am a Dive Master and have dived Cozumel on multiple occasions. Raul was by far our best experience. With great working equipment, phenomenal briefings and superbly chilled atmosphere. On our first two tank we went out with our boss Will who introduced us. We were spoilt to be sharing the boat alone with Captain Manual and DM Raul. On our second two tank dive my wife and I booked independently @ A GREAT PRICE. We had the boat to ourselves with DM Raul and Captain Manual. I loved the experience. We left early at 8am - got suited up and were spoilt to share our dive with Raul pointing out several missed findings which he later explained on our surface intervals whilst digging into incredible freshly cut mango, banana and watermelon. EXCELENTE!!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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