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

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Vicky Walker, ca, USA
Report Number 169
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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

Water Temp
77   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
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  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
2 stars    
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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