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Dive Review of Costa de Cocos in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Xcalak

Costa de Cocos, Mar, 2008,

by Armando Menocal, WY, United States . Report 3972.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving all over caribbean, but in Yucatan, have dived Cancun, Cozumel, Akumal, Tulum, and caves and caverns.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas surge
Water Temp 28 to 0 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20 to 0 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified] Drift, so generally asked to stay within sight of DM
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I had complex travel plans from Cozumel to Xcalak -- dive, ferry, rental car, and 5-hour drive -- and went as planned, until I reached the dirt road along coast for the final 50-km section. Started out slow in sandy sections, became a two-track path, and ended overlooking a span where there used to be a bridge. Turns out that I missed the excellent paved road right to Xcalak. As they told me after I backtracked and showed up at Costa de Cocos after 10p, yeah, the road will be on the maps in another 10 years. Check website, where correct route is detailed. I really liked the place. Diving was good, including reef caves like Punta Sur, small but fast boat, site only 5 to 20 minutes ride, big seas, just me one day and 3 of us the other. However, main attraction is the small resort, Costa de Cocos, on beach, scattered palapas. They are a far cry from the the palapas around Tulum; each has private bath and tile floors. Surfaced intervals back at resort. Dived mornings, and spent afternoons reading in hammock on beach. It started as a place for divers, but now majority of visitors are avid fly fishermen. Would like to return and go out to Banco Chinchorro, about 90-boat ride. Consider Xcalak a respite to the crowds of Cozumel and the cancun coast, perhaps as Cozumel was 25 years ago.
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