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Dive Review of AquaWorld/Royal Islander in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cancun

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US
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Report Number 6123
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
cozumel, hawaii, philippines, palau, PNG, great barrier reef,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
69   to 71    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
follow the divemaster;
sandy bottom prevented deep dives;
1 dive was for 40 min. other was 32 min.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
there was lg. bucket but masks were also in there , only 2 cameras;
there was a mexican pro photographer but I did not look at his pictures; on
2nd dive, he stayed high up because it was warmer near surface; hard to
take pictures far from coral.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
1 stars   
2 stars    
the good: mostly well behaved divers; only I had own equipment; Irish
scotish and canadian got along ok;  the crew was prepared for vomiting with
plastic bags;  the crew did not  want divers to barf over the side;  few
tropical fishes-- queen angel fish was pretty; divemaster Humberto seemed
to be good and took care of my equip.
the bad:  the water was too cold; all the divers on that day trip. June
20th were TOO cold; some did not wear wet suits (since air temp. was ~85 F
compared to bottom of 69 F); 7 of 9 divers got sick incl. me--not just sea
sick;  short dives (30-40 min. suited the cold waters; cancellation at
front desk was ignored--not got prompt refund but got refund slip;   Cancun
diving is NOT worth it.
wish to have known: the guest services mgr. would not put through refund
slip given on june 20th; mostly begin. divers; cold water although air was
very warm;  should have not reserved 8 dives; should have only tried 2
dives rather than lose > $200 USD.
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