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Dive Review of Aquaworld/Moon Palace in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cancun

Aquaworld/Moon Palace, Aug, 2002,

by Vicky Walker, ca, USA . Report 169.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving This was the first ocean dive for us. All other experiences until now were in fresh water - Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Fulsom Lake, Sacramento, CA
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 77 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions This was a very structured dive. Depth limits were enforced related to the reef protection efforts currently in force. For us, as new divers and the first ocean experience, it was an excellent dive. I am sure for more experienced divers, it would have been boring.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The Moon Palace was pricey, but all inclusive. Snorkling was easy from the beach access at the hotel. Service was impecable and made our stay a worry free experience. In addition, Sea Turtle were hatching on the beach while we were there.
Aquaworld has huge facilities. And if you do not speak spanish, they have more than enough resort personnel to support us english locked divers. The dive support staff were curteous, helpful, engaging, professional, and entertaining. Excellent predive instructions.
Not a lot of flexibility on this dive, but we were not looking for independence at this point. Many other tours for wreck diving, cave diving and other locations were available, but we were not prepared to investigate those at this time. Drift diving is the technique in the areas we explored (No Name reef) and it allowed for relaxing and viewing. Saw a mantaray, moray eel and a spiney lobster, in addition to a huge variety of fish.
We definitely will return to Aquaworld on the next trip to further our exploration of the Mexican reef.
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