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Dive Review of Aqua World; Cancun in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Yucatan Caves (Cenotes)

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by J. Devine, MD, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4384
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
New Jersey, California, Cozumel, Micronesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with small group (6) and dive guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Cenote (cave) dives in southern Yucatan.  Fresh water, no plant or animal
life, just rocks.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Booked cenote (cave) trip with Aqua World in Cancun, the largest dive
operator in Cancun (by far).  Met at Aqua World (across from JW Marriott)
and drove in a van 90 minutes south to cenote CHAC-MOOL where we did 2
dives at depths not exceeding 35 ft.  Im not much for freshwater diving. I
find the dearth of life exceedingly boring but I had never been cave diving
before so wanted to give it a try.  Ultimately, this was a throughly
enjoyable experience, with a suprisingly large "WOW factor considering
there is nothing to see.  Strange as it sounds, it seemed both very
adventurous yet completely benign, more like a kids fantasy world than a
SCUBA divers venue.  No currents, no "worries" about big bad
creatures coming out to grab you, no kicked up silt destroying the
visibility; just cruising like an astronaut through a netherworld of rock
formations, underwater cathedrals and passageways (all of them with more
than adaqaute space to pass through).  Visibility was excellent even though
there is not much to actually look at.  One cave even had a large (church
sized) air chamber that you could surface into with a ceiling full of
fossils and stalagtites (like some kind of natural Sistine Chapel) that you
could just float among.  Just a neat experience and definitely worth doing
at least once if you never have.  The Aqua World guides were friendly and
attentive and the whole operation was professionally run with no hitches.
They provided all equipment (including dive lights and wet suits (the water
is kind of cool). I probably wouldnt go back to CHAC-MOOL again (after all,
nothing there will ever change) but I would try at least one more cenote
(of a different kind) before I would have my fill. I would recommend this
for anybody, including new divers, as long as they dont suffer from
claustrophobia.  One Aqua World guide took videos throughout the dives
which were excellent quality and available for purchase on DVD for $70. 
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