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Dive Review of Advanced Divers/Villas Las Anclas in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Gibson, TX, USA
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 963
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman,
Belize, Providenciales T&C, Grand Turk, Bonaire, BVI, Walkers Cay,
various Florida Keys, Palau, Truk, Galapagos, PNG.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 95    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with the group on the drift dives. Maximum dive time of 75 minutes.
They'll state a recommended depth but will allow you flexibility if you
discuss going deeper before the dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Ricardo and Tony did it for us again. On our first dive, 77 minutes at
Palancar caves, we saw one of everything: a nurse shark, hawksbill turtle,
spotted eagle ray, southern stingray, green moray, and a spotted moray.
Punta Sur is my favorite Cozumel site and, on another day, I enjoyed seeing
a spotted eagle ray silhouette against the blue Caribbean sea as he swam by
the opening of the second cavern just before we emerged. It was
breathtaking. From there we cruised on down the reef to take the 115plunge
strait down devils throat. Then we spent the next 25 minutes of our
69-minute dive off gassing nitrogen while drifting along the coral heads
and ultimately over a sandy bottom. After 9 years of diving with them, I
can tell you these guys are pros who give you lots of bottom time over
Cozumels best sites.

The boat, Careyitos, is a 40-foot Bertram with twin diesels, a spacious
dive deck, a nice sun deck above and plenty of shade below. She isnt one
of the fast boats that some seem to prefer. Shes for those of us who
like being on the sea  a nice pleasant ride out to your first dive
followed by a great lunch of ham sandwiches, homemade guacamole, and fresh
fruit during the surface interval. Then you get to dive again  75 minutes
if your air consumption is good enough  and cruise on back home. You only
do two dives a day, but you can spend as much time in the water as youll
get in three dives with most other operators. 

The Villas Las Anclas has undergone some nice renovation since we were last
there, which was just after Pedro an Eyal bought the place. Theyve
installed new appliances in the kitchenettes, completely renovated the
bathrooms, and added soundproof windows. Located about a block from the
town square  near Pasta Primo  it is a very economical and comfortable
place to stay.
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