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Dive Review of Bucanero del Caribe/Kabahna in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Banco Chinchorro

Bucanero del Caribe/Kabahna, Dec, 2005,

by eruk williamson, Anchorage, AK, USA . Report 2246.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Belize, Roatan, Hawaii, Bahamas, Cabo san Lucas, Costa Rica, Alaska
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 120 to 140 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster briefings were basic. No enforcement.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars 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 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Banco Chinchorro is an hour and half boat ride from Mahahual. Windy conditions are common,so many days the trip is not possible.
The coral is the best we have seen: lots of purple fans, black coral, brain, staghorn, huge sponges,etc. Reef Fish are diverse but not plentiful. As far as big stuff we saw a few jacks, snapper, grouper, stingray. There is potential for significant sighting though, and they have seen eagle and manta rays.
Arturo Garcia Barbosa is divemaster for Bucanero del Caribe. They have 1 of only 2 permits for Chinchorro. Arturo is fine as a divemaster. Perhaps not so good for beginner divers.
They also take snorkelers in seperate boat to Chinchorro which is also worthwhile. We had lunch at Cayo Central which has fishing villages and bilogical station.
Price is $150 US for two dives. We were happy with the trip and the operation. The equipment is in good condition, although the air tasted funky, but noone got a headache or anything.
Kabahna where we stayed is 8 km from Mahahual. It is a good value, good location, good people, and good food. www.Kabahna.com

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