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

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Sharon, CT, United States
Report Number 2622
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Fiji, Cozumel, Fl Keys, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Chart limits were followed to end dives vs. following our computers  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat did not have rinse tank for underwater camera
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
While Cancun diving is only somewhat above average, it is definitely worth
bringing your gear; especially if you dive the Cenotes.  We dove Chac Mool:
water temp 76F, 150 vis, mix of salt and fresh water adds to the
experience.  During July & August, north of Cancun you can snorkel with
migrating whale sharks.

Aquaworld is a McDonalds/Walmart type of operation (busy, large operation
handling many activities). Communication amongst the areas of operation is
lacking & can add to confusion. However, once you speak directly to
those handling the dive boat you are in good hands. They make up for and
take care of any shortcomings of the main office. 

The dive masters were very attentive, fun, and thorough. They setup and
wash down your gear.   There is no storage for your own gear at the dive
center, as they only seem to usually deal with one-day visitors. However,
they allowed us to leave our gear in their office, as we had booked with
them for most of the week. 

We were picked up daily at our hotel.  One example of miscommunication was
with coordinating the Cenotes dive trip.  Transportation to Cenotes was
direct from our hotel, but our gear was at the dive center. The dive master
was very accommodating calling Aquaworld and arranged for our gear to be
delivered while we were on route.  I would dive with this center again.
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