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Dive Review of Dive Aventuras/Grand Mayan in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Riviera Maya

Dive Aventuras/Grand Mayan, Jan, 2009,

by Bear Johnston, ca, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 4605.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, California, Florida, and Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 77 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Dove my own profile on the reefs. In the cenotes, we dove as a group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The owner is an underwater photograhper and being one myself, I was treated to some special dives. Overall it was good for photographers who want to shoot wide angle.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Before I start my dive report for Riviera Maya, I first have to warn people about renting a car in Cancun, especially with Hertz. I went through RentalCars.com and found a good deal with Hertz. Our plane was delayed for a few minutes and I arrived at the counter 20 minutes past the reservation time. I was told my reservation was cancelled because I was not there on time. When I asked if they had any cars, I was told no. The lady behind the counter was very rude and made the Wicked Witch of the West look like Mother Theresa. The truth was, they didnt have any cars, and had oversold which means she lied to me. I now was at the mercy of finding a car there, which ended up costing be 3 times what I was contracted to spend. I contacted RentalCars.com and they passed the responsibility on to Hertz. I contacted Hertz and they have failed to get back to me, which only means they condone this kind of busy practice.
That being said, now on to my dive trip report of Riviera Maya. When I was requiring about diving Riviera Maya, I was told, dont bother, take the ferry to Cozumel. Well, I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised how good the diving was. I have dove Cozumel, so I can compare the two. Granted, Cozumel has a different reef structure, which is better. The reefs I dove were all healthy and there was good marine life on them. The big advantage Riviera Maya has over Cozumel, it is not crowded. I never saw another dive boat the entire week. Also the dive sites are close, so you spend your surface interval back at the dive shop in port.
I dove with Dive Aventuras, www.diveaventuras.com out of Puerto Aventuras. The owner, Karen Doody, is one of the friendliest people you could ever meet. She knew everyones first name. It was easy to tell there were many repeated customers. Her dive operation is first rate. The staff did a great job taking care of your gear. Dive briefings were all well done. As I said above, the dive sites are close, in fact, you put your wetsuit on as the boat leave port and the crew helps with your gear as they approach the site. You then, back roll into the water. Very little current was present, if any.
The reef dives are good, and I would recommend them, however, if you only had one day to dive while in Riviera Maya, dont miss a cenote dive. Those are special and there are not too many places where you can dive not just one or two cenotes, but, you could spend a whole week, diving them.
Please feel free to contact me, if there are any questions
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