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Dive Review of AquaWorld/Moon Palace in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cancun

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Halem, CA, USA
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Report Number 4154
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Jamaica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 25    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dove as a group.  Time limit of about 40 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No special facilities for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Dive was booked through activity desk at Moon Palace.  Transportation to
AquaWorld office in Cancun was additional $10.  Boat probably holds up to
20 divers but since this was a night dive there were only 6 with crew of
three, dive leader, deck assistant and captain.

Crew was very helpful in setting up rigs and helping divers put them on. 
They even helped carry the rig if you had to walk wearing it more than a
few feet.

Dive leader carefully explained dive plan and underwater signal conventions
for using lights after dark.  There was a strong current but the fact that
everyone had good lights (supplied by boat) made it easy to keep together. 
It is probably easier to stay together after dark than it is on a daylight

Boat was prompt with pickup and crew was very helpful with boarding in the
light chop, again helping with the weight of the rig while climbing the
ladder and immediately taking it from the diver.  The crew did the tank
change between dives and did a careful washdown after the second dive.

Only possible issue was a fairly short surface interval, but the boat was
rocking and sea sickness would have been an issue.  Even so, the profile
was well within published PADI dive guidelines.
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