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

AquaWorld/Royal Islander, Jun, 2011,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6123.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving cozumel, hawaii, philippines, palau, PNG, great barrier reef, caribbean, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 69 to 71 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions follow the divemaster;
sandy bottom prevented deep dives;
1 dive was for 40 min. other was 32 min.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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