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Dive Review of Dive Aventuras/Chac Hal Al Condominium in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Puerto Aventuras

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Janice Smith, MI, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6390
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Caribbean, Easter & Western Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive with guide, surface when majority of group low on air   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Returned to the shop between dives. Had a rinse bucket for cameras on the
dive.  Staff on boat careful and helpful on boat with camera equipment. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Puerto Aventuras was a great, well run and friendly dive operation.  After
doing a little reading and searching on line, I found that they were a PADI
5 star operation and one of a few locations in a marina with easy access to
the reach.  I made arrangements with them via email.  They were very
responsive and offered to put me in a dive package witht the Omni hotel
(next door) or a studio conddo they had access to next door.  I opted for
the condo and it was great.  The staff made arrangements for my airport
transfer.  I waited only a few minutes and they took me right to the condo
where the dive staff met me.  The next morning they took all my information
and got me set up with my diving for the week.  They took care to group
similar skills of divers togterh, even if that only meant 1 person in the
boat.  I never dived wih more than 5 people.   Their divemasters gave good
dive briefings and watched divers closely on the first dive.  They were
very safety conscoius and patient with divers needing extra assistance with
ear clearing or buoancy control.    Divemasters went out of way to show you
marine life, unique corals.  Reefs were relatively healthy and marine life
fairly abundant.  We saw usual suspects, grouper, snapper, lobster, spotted
drum, trumpetfish.  Highlights were turtle encounters and seahorses.  the
divemasters let you get close but did not allow divers to touch.  The
returned to the marina between dives so no one had to bob around and risk
getting ill.   They also had fresh water on the boat and provided bottles
after every dive.  They also offer trips to the cenotes.   Again the
divemaster was very knowledgeable and specialized in cenote, cavern and
cave diving.   They offer 2 morning dives and 2 afternoon dives and sounded
like they coordinate night dives when they had enough people.  The condo
was literally steps away and was well appointed, neat and clean.  It had a
nigce patio overlooking the beach.  The condo had a pool and nice beach
front area.   In Puerto Aventuras there is a dolphin discovery program so
you can walk around the tanks and see marine life, including baby dolphins
with their mothers and stingrays.   Around the marina are also a number of
restaruants and shops.  Many restaraunts had live entertainment.   Fishing,
golfing, biking also offered in the area.  Overall a great experience.  I
would recommend Dive Aventuras and the Puerto Aventuras area to divers of
different levels and individuals traveling with non-divers as there are
many things to do.   Many thanks to Dive Aventuras for making it a great
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