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Dive Review of Yucatech Expeditions in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Yucatech Expeditions, Apr, 2005,

by Lori Brown, Justin Green, WA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports). Report 1652.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Sulawesi, PNG, Irian Jaya, Fiji, Bonaire, FL, MD, VA Washington State
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with dive guide
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments After a few days of reef diving in Cozumel, we were ready for a change. On the advice of other divers, we contacted German Yunez at Yucatech Expeditions in Cozumel. We arranged to dive in a cenote on the mainland the next day. We lucked out and there were no other divers on the trip. We met German at the ferry depot in the morning and headed over to Playa del Carmen. Our equipment was spirited to the rental car by a bicycle carrier dude for a few dollars. The trip to Dos Ojos was about 30 miles from Playa del Carmen just about a mile south of Xel-Ha. The cenote is off the highway over a gravel road. There are several crude huts set up for clothing changing, a toilet, rental equipment (mostly for snorkeling), and a gift shop. There was also a (very cute) coatimundi it must have been a pet since it had a collar on. There are crude tables and benches to set up dive gear both in the parking lot and down at the cavern entrance. The entrance to the cavern is down some crude stairs. We set up our gear in the parking lot and carried our equipment down the stairs (no rail) with Germans help. Entry into the water was from a wooden platform by giant stride. The outside temperature was over 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity stifling. The cool water felt great. The thermometer on my computer doesnt work properly but Im estimating that the water was in the mid 70's really refreshing. We did two dives in the cenote one on each side. The deepest we went was 27 feet. The water in the cenote at Dos Ojos was cool and so clear that visibility seems to be unlimited. There are beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, and columns. In some places, there is an eerie reflection off the air that collects on the ceiling. The only animal life we saw was a solitary shrimp, about 2-3 inches long, and some small fish. At one point we saw some divers off to the left coming towards us. There was a stream of silvery fish following them, evidently following the light. There was an area in which we surfaced into a bat cave although there were no bats apparent. The dives were well worth the trip to the mainland. This is the first time that I have dived with Yucatech Expeditions but I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. German took care of everything including ferry tickets, car rental, carrying equipment, lunch, and drinking water. He mentioned that he doesnt take more than 4 people at a time. He also offers training for cave diving in Cozumel which we are considering for our next trip to Cozumel.
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