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Dive Review of Akumal Dive Center/Hacienda De La Tortuga in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Akumal

Akumal Dive Center/Hacienda De La Tortuga: "Akumal Revisted", Nov, 2014,

by Jeffrey G OBrien, CO, US ( 1 report). Report 7995.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Akumal Dive Center: Great dive operation with friendly helpful staff. Dive times 09:30, 11:0o, 14:30 and night(when enough divers. Took divers out regardless of 2 or 10 with experienced guides to lead. They did a superb job of pointing out the big and small creatures. Dive sites were all colorful and healthy since the last time we were there in 2009. The Dives lasted from 45 to 60 minutes depending on depth any where from 100 to 40 ft. Good variety of sea life to view.
Hacienda De La Tortuga: Privately owned condos. Well maintained and clean and air conditioned, which we didn't need. Within walking distance of dive operations and restaurants. Backs up to Half Moon Bay, which is great place to snorkel and sunbath.
Downside: Akumal Bay wants everyone to wear snorkel vest and pay for guides. Great for the ecology and the pocket book... The number of tourists were three times the numbers we saw in 2009. Becoming increasingly popular.
Websites Akumal Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Roatan, Florida and Florida Keys
Closest Airport Cancun Getting There Denver to Cancun Non-stop w/multiple airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 75-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time and air (800psi) was suggested but no monitored.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Used a Sony T200 with underwater housing. Good enough for my level of experience and needs.
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