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

Dreatime Dive Resort/Carnival Valor, Dec, 2005,

by Hugh Aaron, VA, United States . Report 2236.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Virginia, North Carolina
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 operation.
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