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Dive Review of Agua Adentures in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Quintana Roo

Agua Adentures, Jul, 2009,

by Laura Aaron, VA, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 5051.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Saba, Little Cayman, Florida, North Carolina, BVI, USVI, Honduras, Channel Islands, Virginia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were drift dives, so the group entered and exited together. We were in a small group (3 of us on 2 days and 5 on the other), so it was not a problem. The Divemaster, Wilburt, was great at seeing that everyone was happy.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments When the crew saw our camera, they quickly brought out a fresh water dunk bucket. They were happy to hand equipment up and down and Wilburt even took family photos for us underwater.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We did three two tank adventure dives with Agua Adventures. They were a professional operation that delivered a safe and enjoyable experience. The adventure dives start with a morning deeper dive, which by nature of the area, is not too deep (maximum about 60 feet in our experience). The second dive was shallower in the beautiful reefs surrounding the Isla.

The dive boat was not new or as outfitted as others we have been on, but the crew easily made up for any of these issues by carrying our gear, setting up all of the gear, and helping all divers don their gear and back roll in. The absence of a ladder made us nervous at first, but we quickly discovered that the low aft platform made it easy to pop up out of the water without beating yourself up on a ladder in the swells. I actually came home from a dive trip without huge bruises on my legs!

The entire crew was fantastic. They even washed the gear for us when we got back from our dive, sending us off to the shower while they did so. We did not have to lug gear back and forth either. They kept our gear hanging in their shop for the duration of our trip. It was clean and dry and on the boat ready for us each day we showed up. It was really a treat.

We had ample room on the boat, as we were the only three divers on two of our three dives and had a total of five the third day. Dive briefings were comprehensive and the group stayed together, as currents made every dive a drift dive. The boat was expertly handled on the surface and was there to retrieve us at the end of each dive. Because the dives were drift, all divers entered and exited together. While this could be a problem for some groups with air suckers and misers, it worked just fine for our group.

Currents were moderate to swift. We were treated to fabulous elkhorn coral, a few sharks, plenty of sizable tropical fish, lots of puffers, a small ray and a huge turtle. The marine preserve is especially nice, with beautiful corals and swarms of tropical fish. I imagined that a night dive here would be fantastic; we may find out on our next trip.
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