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Dive Review of AquaWorld/Cozumel Palace] in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel]

AquaWorld/Cozumel Palace], Dec, 2011,

by Vicki Huffman, WI, US ( 1 report). Report 6378.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, PNG, Exmouth-Australia, Coral Sea-Australia, Hawaii, Bonaire, Curacao, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, St. Maarten, Statia, Saba, St. Kitts, Dominica, Costa Rica, Key West, Socorro Islands, Sea of Cortez, Cabo, Yucatan Peninsula
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and time limits were stated, 35 minutes on first dive and 45 on second, but we went a bit longer after one diver was taken up at 20 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments My husband and I did two tank dives with Aquaworld because it was basically free (using resort credits from Cozumel Palace). We waited ONE HOUR at the dock from the time of supposed departure (told to be there 20 minutes early) and then rode on a snorkeller laden boat back to their main dock before transferring to the dive boat...another 30 minutes. ONCE we got to the dive site the briefing was professional and the divemaster certainly looked after the inexperienced guy who kept bobbing upwards. We also overheard another Coz Palace guest say their morning dive was canceled shortly before departure.

We've been to Cozumel about five times in the past decade or so and the reef/ fish conditions are actually a bit better than they were previously. This is amazing for all the divers present, even during off season.

But if you are good on air and want to use more than half of it, go with Aldora or another of the operators that don't limit bottom time and were always on time for pick up at the dock at the Palace! We met other experienced divers staying there that were diving with their favorite operator! The pre Christmas rate for the all inclusive couldn't be beat and it is a very nice place to stay.
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