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

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Ian Kennedy, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 6210
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean and pacific at many sites
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
86   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
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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