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Dive Review of Bahia Divers Xpu-Ha Beach bBach/Bahia Principe Tulum in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Xpu-Ha Beach/Akumal Area

Bahia Divers Xpu-Ha Beach bBach/Bahia Principe Tulum, Jan, 2007,

by Peter Pola, ontario, canada . Report 3166.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Cozumel, Dominica, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Roatan, Yucatan, San Andres
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Multi-level dives were pre-planned. Shallower dives with long bottom time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We based our choice of dive operator on a Chapbook review recommending Stefano Pedroni of Bahia Divers. He runs a small shop on Xpu-Ha Beach and uses small locally owned boats. Entry is by backroll and there is a small ladder for exiting the water. The big plus is that they take no more than 6 divers per boat and we were fortunate to be in a smaller group of 3 divers and one divemaster which was great. Stefano is a most congenial divemaster and is both highly skilled and safety-conscious. We greatly enjoyed his company and look forward to diving with him again. Bahia Divers also offers guided snorkelling tours, cavern and cave dives. The business end of the operation is handled by his partner, Clare, who made us most welcome also. On previous occasions I have dived with large resort dive operators in the region and have been disappointed with the operations and the dive locations. Bahia Divers took us to some of the better dive sites. We stayed at the Bahia Principe Tulum, a 5 star all-inclusive resort which was first rate in accommodation and food and we would likely return. Bahia Divers will pick up/drop off at area hotels.* Please note that the resort dive shop is also called Bahia Divers but is not the one run by Stefano and Clare.
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