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Dive Review of Advanced Divers/Villas Las Anclas in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Advanced Divers/Villas Las Anclas, Mar, 2004,

by Jack Gibson, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 963.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Belize, Providenciales T&C, Grand Turk, Bonaire, BVI, Walkers Cay, various Florida Keys, Palau, Truk, Galapagos, PNG.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 79 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 95 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with the group on the drift dives. Maximum dive time of 75 minutes. They'll state a recommended depth but will allow you flexibility if you discuss going deeper before the dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Ricardo and Tony did it for us again. On our first dive, 77 minutes at Palancar caves, we saw one of everything: a nurse shark, hawksbill turtle, spotted eagle ray, southern stingray, green moray, and a spotted moray. Punta Sur is my favorite Cozumel site and, on another day, I enjoyed seeing a spotted eagle ray silhouette against the blue Caribbean sea as he swam by the opening of the second cavern just before we emerged. It was breathtaking. From there we cruised on down the reef to take the 115plunge strait down devils throat. Then we spent the next 25 minutes of our 69-minute dive off gassing nitrogen while drifting along the coral heads and ultimately over a sandy bottom. After 9 years of diving with them, I can tell you these guys are pros who give you lots of bottom time over Cozumels best sites.

The boat, Careyitos, is a 40-foot Bertram with twin diesels, a spacious dive deck, a nice sun deck above and plenty of shade below. She isnt one of the fast boats that some seem to prefer. Shes for those of us who like being on the sea a nice pleasant ride out to your first dive followed by a great lunch of ham sandwiches, homemade guacamole, and fresh fruit during the surface interval. Then you get to dive again 75 minutes if your air consumption is good enough and cruise on back home. You only do two dives a day, but you can spend as much time in the water as youll get in three dives with most other operators.

The Villas Las Anclas has undergone some nice renovation since we were last there, which was just after Pedro an Eyal bought the place. Theyve installed new appliances in the kitchenettes, completely renovated the bathrooms, and added soundproof windows. Located about a block from the town square near Pasta Primo it is a very economical and comfortable place to stay.
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