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

XTC Dive Center/Costa de Cocos: "Great diving away from the crowds, great value for the money.", Nov, 2014,

by Emmette Murkett, AL, US ( 2 reports). Report 7984.

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 Chetumal Getting There Fly to Cancun, rent a car, drive 6 hours south.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales > 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There are not a lot of little reefs critters and opportunities for macro shots are pret ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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