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Dive Review of Akumal Dive Center/Oasis Akumal in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Akumal

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Powers, MI, USA
Report Number 634
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Jamaica, Grand Turk
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time, depth,follow the dive master  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Small boats with plenty of room but no specific facilities for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Oasis Akumal is a nice, quiet, small property with a nice beach and decent
snorkling.  The food is good and the staff is friendly and helpful.  The
rooms are relatively large with a unique shower/tub area with portholes. 
We had a second floor room right on the beach.  About half of the hotel is
an Italian travel club, but they have separate facilities for the most part
and never caused any problems.  Akumal is close to Tulum, the only major
Mayan ruins on the Caribbean.  The collective vans on the highway only cost
about a dollar from Akumal to Tulum.  The on-site dive shop was not very
helpful.  They only sell dives on-site.  Their boats left from elsewhere. 
They pushed dive trips to Cozumel.  If I had wanted to dive in Cozumel, I
would have gone there.

We dove with the Akumal Dive Center, who we also dove with in 1997.  The
service and prices were still good ($25 per dive, tax included).  They take
credit cards but you get a better deal if you pay cash.    They picked us
up at the resort and had lockers for equipment storage.  Chepo, who was
also there in 1997, is a very good dive master and points out a lot of
stuff.  The diving is all on spur and groove reefs.  The boats are small
and fast.  Entry is by backroll and exits are by handing all equipement up
and then climbing a ladder on the side of the boat.  Exits can be difficult
when it is rough.  The boat follows the divers and picks them up at the end
of the dive.  We saw a lot of turtles, including two huge loggerheads.  We
also saw a school of six large barracuda chasing each other.  It is amazing
how fast they can move.  We also saw a large school of Southern Sonnet. 
There were a few small grouper and medium numbers of the usual tropicals. 
The number and size of the fish is well below Cozumel but it is a nice area
for a change of pace.

It was very rough the first few days because of a storm and there was no
diving one day.  It is usually fairly rough, especially in the afternoons
as the easterly trade winds pick up.  The dives are generally 5-15 minutes
from the shop.  
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