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Dive Review of Avalon Reef Club in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Isla Mujeres

Avalon Reef Club, May, 2004,

by Denise P. Kalm, CA, US . Report 1134.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving HI, all thru Caribbean, Fiji, Monterey CA, Honduras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 80 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Because of the chop, we often had to enter the water at the same time and go straight down. We mostly came up together, but small groups meant this was not a limit
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Most operators in Isla have open boats - no shade. Avalon has the best boats and a good operation. They are relaxed about time - but never start so early that impacts vacation. They have very good rental gear and most of the divemasters are excellent (local people, which we like). The diving is much rougher than expected, so bring your favorite seasickness remedy, if needed. Water to drink on boats, but no food or other drinks - bring your own. Good rinse and hangar facilities at the dive shop.
The best part of this place is that it is not Cancun. The town is like Cozumel 15 years ago - family-owned restaurants, friendly people, no chains, casual atmosphere. Island small enough to traverse in a day. Very relaxing, nice beaches, excellent food (surprisingly high quality). Avalon makes getting from the airport a snap - best place to stay if you can afford it. Easy access to other islands, if you wish, as well as Cancun, if you must.
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