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Dive Review of XTC Dive Center/Stayed at Tierra Maya Hotel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Yucatan Peninsula, Xclak

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Wojcik, WI, USA
Report Number 911
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Utila, Honduras, Stuart Coves Bahamas, Kona HI.,Coral Sea, Cod Hole GBR. 
Lake Superior.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
You could dive your own profile if you had a computer.  Three minute saftey
stop at 700PSI.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Because we were traveling on motorcycles I did not bring my underwater
camera gear and as a result do not know.  There were no rinse tanks on the
boat however the boat captain and crew member were very accomodating.  All
our dives were less than 20 minutes from shore and there was a limited
rinse area at the dive shop.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
I did this trip with a friend who was completing his the open water portion
of his certification.  Eric at XTC was very accomodating and did an
excellent job with my friend.  He went into great detail to explain all
procedures and answer all questions.  This was not a busy time for them and
alot of times we went out with only 2 to 4 divers.  Most of the sites are
only 10 or 15 minutes from shore and have a real variety of terrain
including pinacales, a large chiminey you drop into opening into a cavern
on one side and several valleys.  We saw spotted eagle rays, several sting
rays, large grouper, turtles, lobster, and a variety of other fish.

They will do a trip to Banco Chinchorro, which is about an hour by boat,
but do require 4 divers for that trip.  Banco Chinchorro is part of the
reef that goes further south into Belize and has several ship wrecks to
dive. Because of time restrictions on our part we were unable to make that

They also do boat trips to Ambergris Caye for $200 a boat maximum capacity
4 people and will help make arrangements for you to dive there.  This trip
takes about an hour and a half and is cheaper to do than going from Belize
city if you have 4 people.

We stayed at the Tierra Maya which is about one mile away and located on
the water.  The accomodations were excellent and included a continental
breakfast which was very good.  They also serve dinner and have a bar which
also was very good. Internet and phone access was availible at the main

Xclak is located about three and a half hours south of Cancun by car so it
is not easy to get to, but I think worth the effort.  
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