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Dive Review of Aquanauts/Catalonia Yucatan in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Puerto Aventuras

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Terry Bartley, Ont, Canada
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5258
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Kona, Hawaii; Tobermory, Ontario; Key Largo, Florida; San Andres, Colombia;
Marea del Portillo, Santa Cruz, Holguin, Cuba; Puerto Aventuras, Riviera
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
dive to computer, no deco times  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There is no fresh water container on the boat, but dive sites are only max.
10 minutes from the marina, and there is fresh water there.  The boat crew
is very careful with equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Aquanauts went under new ownership while we were there.  They have been
customers since 2003, and the overall feeling of them taking over was
Everyone is staying, except Nattlie who is moving on.  
The new owners are putting in new and larger motors on the boat so that
they will be able to offer further reefs in a short time.
Some of the reefs that they go to, closer to shore show a lot of reef
damage from the storms.  But there is still lots of fish life to see.  One
of the dives must have had several hundred fishes in several schools. 
Turtles are seen in almost every dive.  
The crew itself is very professional.  This is our second time diving with
this op, and love the long bottoms times.  This is a dive op that puts
safety first, and they too love to dive.  They 'putter along' on their
dives, which we love.  It is not a race to cover the most ground, but a
slow dive, able to watch turtles eating, eels and rays out hunting, watch
cleaning stations. 
All dives are drift dives, but nothing ripping in the way of speed.  There
was just one dive that was quite a pain to try to take pictures.
Now, I wore a 3 mil suit, but we were diving day after day, 2 tanks dives,
and I would get cooler by the end of the second dive.
We will be back.
The AI resort Catalonia Yucatan is also a solid resort.  The service is top
notch and the food is quite good.  
You must take a short walk to the Marina to reach Aquanauts, about 5
minutes.  We just wheeled out equipment out to the dive shop and they keep
the equipment for you till you are done.  
We did not use the dive op on the resort as they limit your dive to 45
minutes and you must walk with your gear (minus tank) to the Dreams resort
and then they take you to the Marina.  Not my kind of diving.
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