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Dive Review of Akumal Dive Center/Lol Ka'naab Condos in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Akumal

November, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by M. Harter, VT, USA
Report Number 867
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Turks & Caicos, Cozumel, Sea of Cortez, Caymans
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surface with minimum 500 PSI otherwise divers could use their computers to
monitor bottom time & depth.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Pangas were used for dive, no camera facilties on board but once back in
dive shop there were rinse tanks, tables and eletrical outlets UWP's could
freely use.  We dove with digital video camera the entire time and
everything worked out nicely.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Akumal is a great, laid back area of the Riviera Maya, arguably the best
dive on the Northern Yucatan.  It is out of the hustle and bustle of Playa
del Carmen but near enough to drive there for day trips.  Hard and soft
coral and sponges were abundant.  We saw numerous green and hawksbill
turtles on every dive - they were unafraid of divers and offered great
photo-ops.  Eels, nurse sharks and many species of tropical fish were
present everywhere.  Diving was very easy with Akumal Dive Center.  They
are very knowledgable and professional.  You set up your equipment in the
dive shop and employees bring it to the panga for you.  Dive sites are 5-15
minutes from the dive center, a back roll into the water and you're on your
way.  The panga captain follows your bubbles and each person can surface as
air consumption and bottom time require.  The panga will be right there. 
Take off your equipment in the water, hand it up to the captain, up the
ladder and back on the boat.  The boat returns to the shop after each dive.
 If you're going out again, tanks are changed on the boat for you.  If not,
your equipment is returned to the shop for you to disassemble.  Akumal Dive
Center has lockers available for no charge.  You can leave your wetsuit
drying in the shade and they will pack it up later in the afternoon so it
is ready for the next day.  Tanks are filled to 3000+ PSI, dives are guided
but you can dive your own profile.  Rental equipment is well-maintained and
plentiful.  The shop does 3 dives per day at 0900, 1100 and 1300 and will
do night dives any day as long as there are 4 people interested.  They also
do cenote dives in the afternoon on a flexible schedule - these are not to
be missed and anyone can exploer the caverns with a guide, but excellent
buoyancy control is a must. Multiple dives are rewarded with a discounted
rate as is payment in cash. Akumal Dive Center will run a tab for you to
settle at the end of your stay.  Lol Ka'naab Condos were beautiful, great
ocean front spot on Half Moon Bay with a freshwater pool.  Very well
managed.  Very tasty local restaurants and more non-diving activities than
you could experience on 10 trips to the area.
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