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Dive Review of Aquanauts/Barcelo Maya Tropical in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Puerto Aventuras

September, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Mr Terry Bartley, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 6727
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Ontario, Grenada, Hawaii, Kauai, Cuba, Florida, Colombia, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 55    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
We have been diving with Aquanauts for 5 years now.  We LOVE these guys. 
They are very laid back..but safety conscience.  They love the ocean and
much as we do, and love their jobs.
Both DM's are very good.  They are slow in the water...great for me, the
photographer, and will point out anything of interest.  
All the dives are drift dives, some slow, some a little faster, but nothing
Having 1 hour dives is not unusual, we have had 80 minute dives several
It is all about the experience of the dive and I love it!!
In September the water is flat, warm and lots of turtles.  More than when
we come back in November for our 'dive vacation'.  
Lion fish are a problem, but you can hunt them, and this is what hubby with
do on the dives.  If it is just the DM and us, (September can be a very
slow time), they will hunt with hubby.
There are several dive ops in Puerto Aventuras, but Aquanauts are the only
ones that will dive your air/computer.  The others are cattle boats and
timed dives.  You will always come back to the marina for the SIT time and
when we come back from the 1st dive, the other dive ops are already out for
the 2nd dive, with a ton of people in them.
The boat is very nice, shaded and lots of room.  There is no fresh water
bucket for cameras, but if you ask, they will get one.  Since we always
come back to the marina for the SIT time, I just rinse my camera at the
You can then stay at the boat and people watch or go back to the shop, sit
in their chairs outside or in the shade, or order some snacks at the
restaurant beside the shop.
Your gear can stay at the shop, hang it up, put the rest in bins, and they
will bring the stuff in when they close up.
They have carts that you use to bring your gear back and forth to and from
the boat.  No heavy lugging of anything.
Just can't say enough how great our experience is with them year after
year.  Having the same people working there says a lot.  Looking forward to
our trip in November when we will be doing at least 11 dives, not the 2 we
did this time, but we had family with us so we couldn't do all the diving
we normally do.
Side point about the resort.  
We stayed in the Barcelo Maya Tropical.  Very nice mega resort.  Our kids
love this place so we have been going with them.
The food was very good, the service outstanding.  The rooms are better than
o.k. but not overly nice.  Try and get rooms on the 2nd or 3rd floor.  The
1st floor rooms tend to smell very mouldly.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
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