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Dive Review of Akumal DIve Shop/LAs Casitas condominiums in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Akumal

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Dennis Jacobson, CO, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5773
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Hawaii, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Southern California, Bonaire, Cozumel,
Cayman Islands,
St. Kitts, Saba, Statia, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
small groups stayed together, honoring the depth and time limits set for
each dive, but it was not restrictive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
This is a low-tech, one tank per boat trip operation, and photographers are
on their own, whihc ifs fine with me, and I am one.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
This was my fourth trip to Akumal.  We have come to love the Las Casitas
condos right on the water, and the Akumal Dive Shop has a wonderful staff
of divemasters, instructors, and captains.  They offer three one tank boat
dives daily, plus night dives when there are adequate sign ups, and of
course, the world famous cave dives. I appreciate the locker facilities,
which are very up to date, and the small but adequate boats mean no huge
groups.  On this trip we were offered a special treat, a bull shark dive at
Playa del Carmen, in which NO FEEDING was involved.  My dive buddy and
wife, Debbie, and I do not agree with feeding.  So we were excited when we
learned of this dive, in which the sharks are located and drawn in by sound
of plastic bottle rubbing.  We went on the dive (a party of four plus a DM
and a tag along photographer.  Unfortunately, as can happen, the sharks did
not make an appearance.  Though I admit I was initially upset at having
spent the time and money for this disappointment, we learned the next day
that fishermen in the Playa area had killed 8 or 9 bull sarks (the group we
intended to see) so the reason for  our disappointment was clear.  The dive
shop made a generous concession on the cost of the excursion, even though
it was not requested.  They are a class operation.

Lion fish have gotten to the Mexican Carribean, and were seen on every
dive.  However, the reef looks healthy and tropical fish were abundant.  We
also saw a few good size Grouper, eagle rays, sting rays, yellow sting
rays, and of course, green turtles in abundance.  We also had a few
hawkbills and one huge loggerhead. Snorkeling in Akumal bay is a treat for
any turtle lover.  They are always seen there.

The diving here is great, but the operation is very much do-it- yourself.
That is why we love it.  The pace is leisurely above and below the water,
and competnet divers are given plenty of room to do their thing while less
seasoned divers are treated to escorted diving by attentive divemasters. 
Akumal is the opposite of the massive all inclusives, and an antidote to
crowded diveboats and crowds on the reef.  Many dives were 4 on the boat,
and only once did we have to tolerate a full boat of 8.  I have not written
up Akumal in the past because I want it to stay like it is, not crowded. 
But the people there deserve a public expression of thanks and endorsement.
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