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

AquaWorld/Moon Palace, Jun, 2008,

by Bob Halem, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 17 reports). Report 4154.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Jamaica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 72 to 73 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 25 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dove as a group. Time limit of about 40 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments No special facilities for cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 dive.

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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