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Dive Review of Aquanauts/Catalonia Yucatan in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Puerto Aventuras

Aquanauts/Catalonia Yucatan, Nov, 2009,

by Terry Bartley, Ont, Canada (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 5258.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Kona, Hawaii; Tobermory, Ontario; Key Largo, Florida; San Andres, Colombia; Marea del Portillo, Santa Cruz, Holguin, Cuba; Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive to computer, no deco times
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There is no fresh water container on the boat, but dive sites are only max. 10 minutes from the marina, and there is fresh water there. The boat crew is very careful with equipment.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Aquanauts went under new ownership while we were there. They have been customers since 2003, and the overall feeling of them taking over was positive.
Everyone is staying, except Nattlie who is moving on.
The new owners are putting in new and larger motors on the boat so that they will be able to offer further reefs in a short time.
Some of the reefs that they go to, closer to shore show a lot of reef damage from the storms. But there is still lots of fish life to see. One of the dives must have had several hundred fishes in several schools. Turtles are seen in almost every dive.
The crew itself is very professional. This is our second time diving with this op, and love the long bottoms times. This is a dive op that puts safety first, and they too love to dive. They 'putter along' on their dives, which we love. It is not a race to cover the most ground, but a slow dive, able to watch turtles eating, eels and rays out hunting, watch cleaning stations.
All dives are drift dives, but nothing ripping in the way of speed. There was just one dive that was quite a pain to try to take pictures.
Now, I wore a 3 mil suit, but we were diving day after day, 2 tanks dives, and I would get cooler by the end of the second dive.
We will be back.
The AI resort Catalonia Yucatan is also a solid resort. The service is top notch and the food is quite good.
You must take a short walk to the Marina to reach Aquanauts, about 5 minutes. We just wheeled out equipment out to the dive shop and they keep the equipment for you till you are done.
We did not use the dive op on the resort as they limit your dive to 45 minutes and you must walk with your gear (minus tank) to the Dreams resort and then they take you to the Marina. Not my kind of diving.
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