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Dive Review of XTC Dive Center/Costa de Cocos in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Xcalak

November, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Emmette Murkett, AL, US (2 reports)
"Great diving away from the crowds, great value for the money."
Report Number 7984
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Cozumel, Bimini, Southern Bahamas, Red Sea, Gulf of Mexico, US
rivers and springs, Florida Keys, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There
Fly to Cancun, rent a car,
drive 6 hours south.

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives are guided, guides pretty much make you follow them and profile
is usually 20-30m depth and 55 minutes plus a 3 minute safety stop. 
Guides, especially the dive master trainees, are a little over zealous in
trying to help you with your gear, even if you have made over 2000 dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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Shore Facilities  
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There are not a lot of little reefs critters and opportunities for macro
shots are pret ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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Excellent value!  The dive shop is a PADI 5-star facility usually with an
IDC in progress, which means that just about every dive has more dive
master candidates than guests. Try to check in the day before your first
dive and prepay online for the dive package. Dives are roughly starting at
9AM, 11AM and if there are enough guests, 2PM.  Surface intervals are spent
back at the dive center, which has free WiFi. Local boats have no dry
storage. The local reefs are in a national park and dive guides are
required for any SCUBA and the only spear-fishing allowed is for lion fish.
 We usually bagged 5-10 large ones on ever dive. A 10 dive package that can
be spread over as many days as you want is $370US or $470US with 32% EAN
(local reefs only, Banco Chinchorro is extra). The first couple of days
were really windy and getting in and out of the ...
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