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Dive Review of Dreamtime Dive Resort/La Posada 40 Canones in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Mahahual Chinchorro

Dreamtime Dive Resort/La Posada 40 Canones, Aug, 2011,

by Ian Kennedy, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 6210.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean and pacific at many sites
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 86 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50 to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Mahahual is a town that is about a 3 1/2 hours drive from Playa del Carmen. It is a very small town with a few hundred inhabitants, with most of the town stretched out along the beach. We stayed at the Hotel Posada 40 Canones right on the beach. It is a very nice hotel with clean, reasonably well appointed rooms. The restaurant serves decent food and good breakfast. The beach opposite the hotel is very pleasant and ideal place for a swim. Mahahual is dead when the cruisers are not in town. No reason to visit except to dive.

I went diving with Dreamtime dives. The dive manager of the shop is Hugo. First day was on their boat which took about 10 min to get to a reef offshore. The first dive included a large number of cruise ship passengers. Unfortunately, they were not particularly good divers and two of them had to be taken up early during the dive because of lack of air. This is a problem going to dive operations in this town, that is running into cruise ship divers. Fortunately, those divers had to return to their ship. This meant the second dive had only two of us and the divemaster. Visibility was about 50 feet, not as good as in Cozumel. However, there was quite a lot of small macro life which was good for photography. I saw a flamingo tongue, a baby trunk fish, and quite a few other small things. The reef consisted mostly of sand channels between coral/rock walls. It was quite pleasant and enjoyable to swim through. The boat provided a rinse bucket for my camera.

The second day was quite a mixup. I was offered a trip to Chinchorro Banks that I took, expecting that this was the second prepaid day of diving with Dreamtime. I was told that I should pay Jorge, whom I took to be a Dreamtime divemaster, 165 for the trip. There was no indication of currency. Since I had already paid for the second day, I presumed that they were referring to 165 pesos for a park entry fee and boat supplement. As it turns out, this was a separate operation to Dreamtime. When I offered work 160 pesos at the end of the trip, Jorge was somewhat taken aback. In fact, I owed him US$165 which I had to find at an ATM that was working, but I eventually found one in town. I don't think that Dreamtime (Hugo) was very clear about what was happening. The ride to the bank took an hour and a half each way. The diving was similar to what we did 10 min off shore at Mahahual. There was a great deal of very small fish but nothing big. Visibility was again about 50 feet. The top side of the banks is quite interesting. Fishermens houses built out over the water. They include all conveniences, including satellite TV. In a lagoon on the island there a few crocodiles that you can see. In all, trip was worth doing once but value wise is probably not worth it. Diving is very similar 10 min from the mainland. Lunch provided. No camera rinse tank.
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