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

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Vicki Huffman, WI, US (1 report)
Report Number 6378
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, PNG,Exmouth-Australia, Coral Sea-Australia, Hawaii, Bonaire,
Curacao, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, St. Maarten, Statia, Saba, St. Kitts,
Dominica, Costa Rica, Key West, Socorro Islands, Sea of Cortez, Cabo,
Yucatan Peninsula
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth and time limits were stated, 35 minutes on first dive and 45 on
second, but we went a bit longer after one diver was taken up at 20
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
2 stars    
My husband and I did two tank dives with Aquaworld because it was basically
free (using resort credits from Cozumel Palace).  We waited ONE HOUR at the
dock from the time of supposed departure (told to be there 20 minutes
early) and then rode on a snorkeller laden boat back to their main dock
before transferring to the dive boat...another 30 minutes. ONCE we got to
the dive site the briefing was professional and the divemaster certainly
looked after the inexperienced guy who kept bobbing upwards.  We also
overheard another Coz Palace guest say their morning dive was canceled
shortly before departure.

We've been to Cozumel about five times in the past decade or so and the
reef/ fish conditions are actually a bit better than they were previously. 
This is amazing for all the divers present, even during off season.

But if you are good on air and want to use more than half of it, go with
Aldora or another of the operators that don't limit bottom time and were
always on time for pick up at the dock at the Palace!  We met other
experienced divers staying there that were diving with their favorite
operator!  The pre Christmas rate for the all inclusive couldn't be beat
and it is a very nice place to stay.
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