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Dive Review of Dreatime Dive Resort/Carnival Valor in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Costa Maya

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Hugh Aaron, VA, United States
Report Number 2236
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Virginia, North Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
My wife, 12 year old son and I were on the Carnival Valor the week between
Christmas and New Years, 2005.  My wife and I have been diving for about 25
years.  My son was certified this past summer.   Costa Maya was my sons
third saltwater dive. 

We had made arrangement (via email) before we left home to do a two tank
boat dive in Costa Maya with Dreamtime Dive Resort.  Dreamtime is located
on the beach about one-half of a mile beyond the tourist area in Mahahual. 
It was about a 10 minute cab ride from the cruise ship pier (about $5 per
person).   Make sure that you ask the cab driver to drop you off at the
Dreamtime dive ship.  Otherwise, you will have a bit of a hike from town.

Upon arrival, we were asked to complete a very thorough questionnaire and
show our C cards.  It immediately became obvious to us that Dreamtime is a
very professional and safety conscious operation.  Carlos, the Dreamtime
dive boat captain, backed the boat up to the beach and the Dreamtime staff
loaded our gear for us.  We then boarded the boat right from the beach. 
The boat was in excellent shape and well set-up for diving with heavy duty
integrated tank ranks on the port and starboard sides.

Willie, one of the Dreamtime dive masters, lead both dives.  Willie is
extremely customer service oriented.  It was obviously very important to
him that we had a great experience in Costa Maya and we did.  The first
dive was to about 70 feet.  Although the chop cut down the visibility
somewhat, the reef was still beautiful and teeming with sea life.  After a
surface interval of a little over an hour, we made our second dive at a
shallower area of the reef.  My son had some trouble clearing on the second
dive and Willie worked with him very patiently while the rest of us enjoyed
the dive.  In addition to our family and Willie, there were three other
divers on the first dive and two other divers on the second dive.

In summary, Costa Maya is a great dive site and Dreamtime is a first class
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