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Dive Review of Scuba Playa in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Mario Mizrahi, Mex, MEXICO
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6388
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cocos Island, Galapagos, Cozumel, PNG, Palau, Sipadan, Mabul, Komodo,
Tahiti, Belize, Guadalupe Island, Sardine Run (South Africa), Sea of
Cortes, Socorro, Wakatobi, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
24   to 26    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
6   to 9    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Tight group of 10 divers (including 2 divemasters) at 75 ft depth and a
limit of 30 minutes.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
N/A  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
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  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Every Winter in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico (across the Channel,
30 minute Ferry ride from Cozumel) a group of pregnant female Bull Sharks
arrive, most probably to give birth to their babys. As soon as dive
operators start seeing them close to shore, a big happening starts with
divers passing the word and flocking asap to get a firsthand look at this
occurrence.
You take a small boat to about 200 meters from shore, less than a 5 minute
ride and get into the water as a group. Previously the dive operators have
fed some fish to the sharks to keep them interested in this area. As soon
as we jump into the water, we start seeing them. Depending on your luck, up
to 12 can appear at a time and sometimes they will swim very close to you
(watch my video on YouTube by searching for Mario Mizrahi Bull Sharks).
The depth of the sandy place will vary from 70 to 90 ft. I did this 2 days
in a row (Dec 1st and 2nd, 2011) and saw 6 and 10 sharks plus some remoras
and a turtle.
The sad part is fishermen form nearby Puerto Morelos upon hearing of the
sharks arrival promptly look for them and fish them out of the water to
sell them in their market. Authorities have been powerless to stop them and
thus the story ends every year, until they'll come no more...
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