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Dive Review of Bahia Divers, independent of resort/Gran Bahia Principe Tulum in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Riviera Maya

Bahia Divers, independent of resort/Gran Bahia Principe Tulum, Dec, 2005,

by Joe Simmons, NM, USA . Report 2251.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Turks & Caicos, Dominican Republic, Republic of Panama, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Cozumel, Akumal, Bay of Campeche, Cabo San Lucas, Florida Keys, Spain, Turkey, Kwajelein Atoll, Texas coast, and rivers, lakes, & swamps in Texas, New Mexico, South Carolina, and Georgia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depths--on gradually sloping reef, no wall structures
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat operator and dive guide attentive to photographer's needs, but no rinsing facilities

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I had not been to an all-inclusive resort like the Bahia Principe Tulum before and suspected, rightfully, it turns out, that the associated dive operation was sub-par. So, I arranged diving with an independent off-site operation; I'm glad I did. Bahia Divers (www.bahiadivers.com) is located about 13 miles north of the resort at Xpu-Ha Beach. I easily arranged both reef and cenote dives by email in advance, corresponding with owner/operators Stefano Pedroni and Clare, Italian and British ex-pats, respectively. They were both extremely attentive to our needs and helped us tailor a very satisfying dive experience for the five divers in our group.
Bahia Divers provided consistently on-time transportation to and from our hotel in the operation's van. Dive guides Stefano and Mauricio were attentive to the needs of both our less experienced and experienced divers providing thorough pre-dive briefings and pointing out interesting marine life during dives. Drift dives were the norm with the 20-foot, center-console, covered dive boats following our bubbles; diver entries and exits were safely and effectively accomplished. Generally minor damage from Hurricane Wilma was apparent with broken coral scars and some bleaching visible even at depths in the 60- to 85-foot range. Some areas of the reefs were lush and prolific; shallower reefs were strewn with algal overgrowths. Hawksbills were abundant and I saw more free-swimming large green morays here than is common elsewhere.
We planned one morning of cenote dives (two dives) at Dos Ojos for five divers with two guides; at the last minute the rest of the family decided to snorkel the cenotes and Bahia Divers was able to set up a snorkel for ten with a dedicated guide and provide gear and transportation for all of us. The cenote dives and the snorkeling expedition were fantastic!
Bahia Divers proved to be a great find for us; their level of personalized, attentive, and cordial service was exceptional and I would highly recommend them if you are contemplating diving along the Riviera Maya.
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