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Dive Review of Maya Palms dive operation in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/A few miles south of Mahahual

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ronald Bailey, VA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5569
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Roatan, Bahamas, Turk and Caicos, Fiji, Hawaii, Palau, St. Croix,
Florida Keys, Exumas, Saba, St. Kitts, Belize and Bonaire.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]Above 132 feet  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
There was plenty of shelf space in the rooms to easily store camera gear
and set it up, etc. As the boat was small, there was no special set up for
U/W photographers other than handing you your camera once in the water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
The best thing about the diving was the health of the corals. I saw no dead
corals and no algae growth. Most of the corals were soft corals as seen
many years ago in the Bahamas, a true coral garden scene. Unfortunately
there were strong on shore winds which created very large waves, especially
considering the size of the dive boat. After the first dive, the second
dive was scrubbed by the divers. The next day also had strong winds and no
dives. But to the credit to the resort and managers, three dives were done
per day, instead of two, for the rest of the week to make up for the
missing dives. Tanks were filled at or above 3000 psi. We did see some
turtles and large green moray eels. But the fish were sparse except in a
few spots. Because of the winds, we did not get to dive some to the further
south reefs except for one day. Also because of the winds, we did not get
to do any shore diving.
The resort grounds were well kept and had a Mayan look. No complaints about
that. The food was good and divers were always asked if they wanted snacks,
drinks, etc. While we were there only a total of 5 guests/divers occupied
the resort. Three divers for part of the week and two other divers arriving
for the remainder of our week after one diver left.
If you go, be aware that the resort only runs air conditioners from about 5
pm to about 4:30 am. So if guests plan on retiring to their rooms for an
afternoon nap and cooling off, as their own literature says you can do in
their air conditioned rooms, that becomes a problem. The resort runs on
generators during those evening/night times and on batteries during the day
which will not allow for rooms to be cooled off. Also, the ceiling fans
make a loud noise when running on batteries so your sleep is usually
interrupted during the switch over. The rooms have a tendency to become
warmer and stuffy after, so trying to continue sleeping may be a problem.
The resort and people living in that vicinity really need to have the
Mexican government extend electricity a few more miles south to the Maya
Palms area.
Since there were only two people working during slack guest periods, the
manager and assistant manager, not counting grounds crew, the times for
dinner were as late as after 10 pm. Their own literature says dinner is
served promptly at 7:30 pm. So be prepared to eat late. They did bring in
extra help as when some people got off of a cruise boat and come down for
the day. They really need a dedicated kitchen staff. While I would go back
again, I would be hesitant about bringing guests that would be expecting
air conditioned rooms and a firm dinner scheduled time.
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