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Dive Review of DreamTime/Le Posada de los 40 Cañons in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Costa Maya

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Claire Kennedy, OK, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4451
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Roatán, Curaçao, San Salvador, Abacos, Cozumel, Nassau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits only cause that's as deep as you could go, once you did a
couple of dives with them and they could see your dive capability, they let
you dive how you want.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Have to ask for tank on boat, but will happily accommodate, dive masters
were careful and attentive of cameras when getting in and out of water. 
Plenty of space in room to accommodate camera.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
First, we are divers - we are there to dive.  Second, we do not expect
gourmet meals and sauces on all our courses of food.  We like the
off-the-track places and Mahahual is exactly that.  The ONLY thing wrong
with this place is that it had a direct hit from Cat 5 hurricane, Dean,
last August (2007) and has to recover from that.  This is a sleepy, small
fishing village with gobs of charm and happy, pleasant people - AND it is a
4 hour drive south from Cancun.  Once you're there, it's great!  The cruise
ships will start returning in October, but when they aren't in town, the
town is yours.  We would have breakfast at 8 am every morning, then be at
DreamTime for a 9 am departure, which may have been a little late some
times.  Do a morning dive, then return to do another dive about 11 or
little later, return to shore for lunch, and do another dive in afternoon. 
One night we did a night dive - lots and lots of critters - especially
peppermint shrimp everywhere.  DreamTime had racks outside for you to hang
your gear on, and they would move it inside for you at night to lock up and
keep secure.  

This is not a "Stuart Coves" operation, but they do a very good
and smart job of taking care of their divers.  We went far south (almost to
Belize) for some dives and north where you can rarely dive as the cruise
boats are usually docked there - too bad cause this is some of the best

The days were a little windy however it wasn't so choppy as to cause
problems getting in and out of the boat.  It did cause a little lower viz
than normal - usually they get 100 feet, but some days viz was down to 60

Saw beautiful eagle rays almost 30 feet away - about 5 or 6 together
floating gorgeously.  On one dive at safety stop, the boat was circling
above (at a safe distance) and dolphins were playing in the wake of the
boat which was fun for all of us to see and watch the dolphins.  I'm a
macro photographer and tons of stuff for me to photograph - first time to
see a lot of things I'd only seen in Paul Humann books! Saw beautiful large
sting ray that was almost tame.  Some marine life is very curious and not
used to divers - one French Angel LOVES bubbles.  

Le Posada de los 40 Cañons is right in town and on the beach - very
charming an excellent place to stay.  It has A/C, lots of hot water, and
local restaurant.  Other places around town are also excellent, but 40
Canons is closest to DreamTime and we wanted to stay in town to get the
feel of the village.

Friendly, courteous staff who are more than happy to please their divers -
tell them what you want to see and they will go out of their way to find it
for you.  Very small op, so are very individually oriented and want to
please each one of their divers.  Excellent location for beginners and
experienced divers.
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