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Dive Review of Abyss Divers/The Royal, Playa del Carmen in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Mainland cenotes

Abyss Divers/The Royal, Playa del Carmen: "Mexico's Magic Caverns", Nov, 2014,

by W Glen Kitchens, NM, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7907.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My dive buddies & I returned to the Yucatan to exclusively dive the world-renowned cenotes that dot the mainland up & down the Riviera Maya. On previous trips we have dove with a number of operations, but for this visit a Canadian dive operation caught my eye. It seemed reasonable to expect better communication with an English-first outfit.

Communications via email with Dave of Abyss Divers prior to the trip were very good & when we finally met Dave the day before we started diving we were happy to find that Dave was an easy-going, friendly sort who runs a good operation. While someone expecting a flashy diveshop with teeshirts for sale may be disappointed, we were not.

Abyss rental gear was very good quality & transportation to the cenotes was in a comfy truck. Dave was willing to take us to cenotes we wanted to dive, & not just the ones closest to Playa del Carmen. In the cenotes, four divers per divemaster is the limit & Dave gave a very good pre-dive briefing each time. Of course all the cenotes are spectacular & should be on every diver's bucket list.

Abyss Divers also ocean dives from Playa & the diving is interesting with lots of sea life, but my advice is once you're done with the cenotes, take the ferry to Cozumel for your ocean dives.

Abyss is reasonably priced & I won't hesitate to use them again.
Websites Abyss Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport Cancun Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas no currents
Water Temp 76-76°F / 24-24°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 0-0 Ft/ 0-0 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions In the cenotes, stay w/ divemaster.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Tables are provided at many cenote locations for diver setup & these work well for camera setup as well.
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