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Dive Review of Aquanauts Dive Adventures/Posada el Moro in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Aquanauts Dive Adventures/Posada el Moro: "Aquanauts/ Posada el Moro", Nov, 2014,

by Fred Drennan, WA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8064.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments First the diving: we had a challenging week. Wind forced closure of the harbor [and therefore diving in the ocean] for several days, and diminished visibility on the days the ocean was ‘open for diving’. Our contact with Aquanauts was Crescent, who was a great email communicator both before we arrived and during our stay. As we had limited days to dive and had prepaid for 8 dives each, she graciously agreed that if we could not dive due to no other options we could potentially be refunded. I think the offer was great, but we managed to find dives to do that kept us in the water. Did 2 reef dives in the national park on our first day [30-40’ viz ,lots of fish, school of tuna, turtle]. Next day [ocean closed] did 2 cenote dives [Dos Ojos] . Following that did a bull shark dive in Playa del Carmen [2-3 interesting chubby pregnant female bull sharks investigated us] then a shore dive at Ojo del Agua where a cenote opens up into the sea floor with 20-30’ viz, barracudas and reef fish . Our last two dives were in the national park, the C58 wreck [a square profile to 90 feet with wicked currents and 15-20’ viz] and then an aborted dive on the reef due to <10” viz. Not the dive store’s fault; just the weather and we accept that those events do occur! Great divemasters who recognized that we were competent, and did a great job with our equipment. Their equipment looked fine, but we bring our own kit. Crescent noted that they hydro test on schedule. [We left them a copy of the latest Undercurrent issue with the tank exploding article as well as their listing from 2010 where we found them]. Nice boat. Gear up halfway on shore, wet entry to boat, 10-15 minute ride to sites. 2 DM per dive, good briefings, back roll off boat, good side ladder entry after dive. Water on boat, lunch with cenote dives.
Stayed in the town of Puerto Morelos at Posada el Moro. Central and quiet in town [2 blocks from the dive shop and the beach]. Our #14 room was quite large at $83USD/night [2 firm queen beds, full kitchen, 5 gallon fresh water dispenser] and the AC was spectacular [brrr!]. Slight negatives include the water pressure [low] in the showers which were alternatively scalding and cold. Internet was not available in the room, but was pretty good in the lobby. Breakfast [coffee, fruit, toast included in room charge] was at best ok, we often went out for breakfast with good coffee at El Nicho. Would recommend staying in town as opposed to the large inclusive resorts to the N and S. We ate at great restaurants [fish everywhere good, good wine bar Tanino in town, John Gray’s twice for ‘adult’ dinners with great service~ maybe order one entrée everywhere for two persons unless you are starved, lots of food]. If you have a day off, the Crococun zoo is a good diversion, the botanical garden quite peaceful, and Cockteleria el Picudo on the W side of the freeway a great lunch [went there twice, 5 peso bus ride]. This is mostly a cash economy, so be prepared to use ATMs frequently [at least 2 in Puerto Morales + a money changing office]. There are probably 30 restaurants in town and we never had a bad meal!
We did not rent a car. Took a shuttle from airport to Puerto Morales, and Crescent arranged a taxi back to the airport for us at a discount.
Websites Aquanauts Dive Adventures   Posada el Moro

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Hawai'i, Indonesia
Closest Airport Cancun Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-40 Ft/ 3-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No real restrictions, dove nitrox on air setting
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No camera bucket on boat, but short rides to sites. Crew good with camera management.
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