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

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bear Johnston, ca, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 4605
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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

Water Temp
77   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
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 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 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, 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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