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Dive Review of Maya Diving in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Riviera Maya

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Liebman, IL, US (2 reports)
Report Number 4008
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Indonesia, Philippines, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

no currents  
Water Temp
25   to 25    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Cavern diving restrictions are similar to, but more specific, than standard
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I didn't take a camera, because I wanted to focus on the diving, but the
Cenote environment is exceptionally beautiful and if you are a photographer
that can pay close attention to your diving while still taking photos, it
would be highly recommended.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
I went to Tulum specifically to dive the Cenotes. After some research, I
contacted Maya Diving, because they had a reputation for having the best
Cenote guides. They have three facilities, their primary one being at
Dreams Resort, another at Hotel El Crucero, and a small shop on the main
drag in downtown Tulum. 
I have to say that my first impression of their Dreams operation was not a
favorable one. It is located in a huge resort with hordes of snorkelers,
kayakers, first-time divers, classes and looky-loos all competing for the
attention of their overwhelmed morning staff. It didn't help that the sea
was rough and all their morning dives were canceled. My traveling companion
was required to have a check-dive to assess buoyancy control because he
hadn't been in the water for over a year. A good policy, but one that kept
us from diving for two days while the seas calmed. 
Once we got that over with, though, things improved considerably. Our first
two dives were at Dos Ojos with "Budgee", a knowledgeable and
very likeable retired British Navy guy who obviously has a passion for the
Cenotes. The next several days we spent with Will, a Kiwi who, like Budgee,
clearly prefers the Cenotes to the reef, and he spent alot of time
explaining the unique underground environment and went out of his way to
take photos that he then shared with us. The staff clearly appreciates
folks who are serious divers, and they work very hard to give you the best
they have to offer once you become familiar to them. Each of the Cenotes is
very different, but I would definitely recommend Angelita, a deep (35M)
nearly cylindrical dive very unlike the others, with a sulphur cloud that
you have to pass through--totally obscuring your vision briefly, and
creating a very surreal environment. Also not to be missed would be
Calaveras and Tajmaha for their unique lighting from holes to the
above-ground. All in all, the Cenotes exceeded my expectations, and I would
highly recommend them to anyone not prone to claustrophobia or
uncomfortable in dark or overhead diving environments. I would also
heartily recommend Maya Diving for the professionalism and camraderie of
their diving instructors and guides--tell Will and Budgee that I sent you!
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