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Dive Review of Bahia Divers/Grand Palladium White Sand in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Maya Riviera

Bahia Divers/Grand Palladium White Sand, Apr, 2010,

by Mr Terry Bartley, ON, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 5444.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We stayed at the Grand Palladium White Sand and wanted to do some diving. We did not dive with the resort dive shop as I had read some negative reports, plus they time your dives. While there, we overheard some divers that had dived the resort dive shop, and they were not happy with their dives.
I had contacted Bahia Divers from Canada, and received quick replies to my emails, and from the few reports I found on Bahia divers, they were all positive, so we took a chance on them.
They picked us up at the resort which was a bonus.
It is a very small dive operation. They will only take out 6 max on the boat. They are all very safety conscience. The only drawback was that the boat had no ladder for re entry. You either got yourself into the boat, or you are hauled out of the water.
The dive briefs were very detailed, and safety is mentioned several times. The Dive Master/instructor that we had was a blast. Very personable.
We did 2 days of diving, 2 tanks each day. The one day we came back to the shop, the other day we did our SIT time in the boat. Water and cookies are provided for snacks.
Turtles were seen on every dive and lots of fish. The coral seemed healthy though in a few spots, bleaching. We saw on one day 4 lion fish, not good.
I would strongly recommend this dive op if you are in the area, they very professional, fun, and a great group of people.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Ontario; several spots in Cuba; San Andres, Columbia; Hawaii; Florida Keys; Grenada; different spot on the Maya Riviera, Mexico.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70-90 Ft/ 21-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no deco time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Maybe ask for rinse pail, nothing provided.
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