We were staying in Playa Del Carmen and wanted to dive in Cozumel as we heard that was premiere place to dive. Steve from Reef Quest Divers set us up with Aquatic Sports (a.k.a Aquarama). As soon as we arrived, they enthusiastically greeted us and quickly whisked us off to the dive boat. On the van ride over there, we learned that the other divers we were with had been diving with Sergio for years and kept coming back every year. We learned that he had been diving for over 30 years and over 8000 dives or something crazy like that. As soon as we were under way, that's where Roberto (our Dive Master) and Sergio really showed their true colors. They were super friendly, asking us about our travels, dive history, shared their family history. We always like to practice our spanish when possible and they even suffered through our horrid attempts, easily reverting back to english when we failed miserably. The point was, unlike most fluent speakers, they didn't brush us off and just say its too painful, let's just speak English. They were patient and friendly. They had a really nice padded bench on top of the boat which was perfect for relaxing taking in the sun and views on the long trip to Punta Sur.
On to the diving... the dives of course were amazing. Visibility was great on both dives. The first one was "Punta Sur." It had fantastic coral towers and fun swim throughs. We saw 3 black tipped sharks, 2 turtles, eels, and a myriad of other beautiful specimens. I would say the diving there was similar to Belize and a bit more interesting, IMHO than Playa's reefs. Don't get me wrong, the diving was good there too but Cozumel's reefs really stand out. For lunch, they served cold cut sandwiches, fantastic guacamole and a fruit platter for desert (consisting of pineapple, grapes, water mellon and cantaloupe). The second dive was to "Bolones", a nice series of 10-20 foot high coral heads. We of course saw the Atlantis submarine and probably made it into some tourist's shots. All I could think of how jealous they were as we could actually get inches away from all the spectacular life there where they had to see it from afar.
When we got back, Sergio was like an excited dad, wanting to show us all the shots from the trip. He wanted to burn us a CD with them and we were a little hesitant as we didn't know how much that was going to cost (we've been there before) but he immediately insisted it was just for fun and no charge. What an treat to have fantastic professional looking photos.
In any case, it was one of the most fun dives we've ever done. We'll definitely be back eventually.
Thanks Sergio and Roberto!!!! You guys rock!