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Dive Review of Dive Mexico/gran porto real in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/cozumel and the mexican yucata

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by W Glen Kitchens, NM, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5802
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
all over carribean; aus; png; fiji; truk; yap; palau; bahamas;
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
76   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Recently spent several days on the Yucatan Peninsula & worked in a few
cenote dives along w/ the usual tourist fare. Flew to Cancun from Houston
on a Continental Vacations package & found the 'red shirts' outside the
airport for the one-hour transfer to Playa del Carmen & the Gran Porto
Real for their all-inclusive luxury. Woke late for a down-day the next
morning, but managed the block & a half walk over to Dive Mexico Dive
Shop to check in for the next day's cenote dives. I had previously set this
up online w/ Sybil & when my buddy & I arrived to sign up, our
names were already on the board for next day. The shop is very well
organized, plus both Sybil & her brother, Manuel Jankoff, speak very
good English.

Next morning, we arrived at the shop at 8:30, got fitted for rental gear
& met our divemaster for the day - Andrea Cantos. Dive Mexico allows
only four divers per DM on cenote dives. All the gear was loaded into the
back of an extended cab truck & we headed south about 40 minutes from
Playa for the days' dives at cenotes Chac-Mool & Kukulkan.

Cenote, or cavern diving, varies from cave diving & it's more
restrictive certification requirements in that even though divers are in an
'overhead environment', they should always be able to see daylight. We did
'surface' at one point in an air pocket complete w/ stalactites &
breathable air in cenote Chac-mool. There was no visible light at this
location except our flashlights, which made for a rare experience!
Elsewhere, thanks to bright sunrays through the gin-clear fresh water, the
dives were very photogenic & unlike anything most people (divers
included) will ever get to see. Another interesting phenomenon is the
halocline, which forms due to ocean salt water mixing w/ the cenote's fresh
water. These areas can be a bit disconcerting as everything in the mix zone
becomes blurred. Andrea was very professional, helpful & made the dives
very enjoyable.

Dive Mexico offers all sorts of salt & fresh water dive excursions
& their packages are very reasonable. Rental gear was fine. Being close
to several major hotels, they're perfect for walk-ins looking for a day of
diving while the wife enjoys the spa at the hotel. I am already planning a
return visit & will use them again.

While I refuse to trumpet airlines, Continental Vacations is a separate
entity & this is two years in a row they've done an excellent job for
my group. Complete w/ the 'red shirts' at the airports & hotels to help
you get the best out of your trip & time spent.
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