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Dive Review of Yucatech Expeditions in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Lori Brown, Justin Green, WA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports)
Report Number 1652
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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

Water Temp
75   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with dive guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
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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