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Dive Review of DreamTime/Le Posada de los 40 Cañons in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Costa Maya

DreamTime/Le Posada de los 40 Cañons, Sep, 2008,

by Claire Kennedy, OK, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4451.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Roatán, Curaçao, San Salvador, Abacos, Cozumel, Nassau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits only cause that's as deep as you could go, once you did a couple of dives with them and they could see your dive capability, they let you dive how you want.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Have to ask for tank on boat, but will happily accommodate, dive masters were careful and attentive of cameras when getting in and out of water. Plenty of space in room to accommodate camera.

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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments First, we are divers - we are there to dive. Second, we do not expect gourmet meals and sauces on all our courses of food. We like the off-the-track places and Mahahual is exactly that. The ONLY thing wrong with this place is that it had a direct hit from Cat 5 hurricane, Dean, last August (2007) and has to recover from that. This is a sleepy, small fishing village with gobs of charm and happy, pleasant people - AND it is a 4 hour drive south from Cancun. Once you're there, it's great! The cruise ships will start returning in October, but when they aren't in town, the town is yours. We would have breakfast at 8 am every morning, then be at DreamTime for a 9 am departure, which may have been a little late some times. Do a morning dive, then return to do another dive about 11 or little later, return to shore for lunch, and do another dive in afternoon. One night we did a night dive - lots and lots of critters - especially peppermint shrimp everywhere. DreamTime had racks outside for you to hang your gear on, and they would move it inside for you at night to lock up and keep secure.

This is not a "Stuart Coves" operation, but they do a very good and smart job of taking care of their divers. We went far south (almost to Belize) for some dives and north where you can rarely dive as the cruise boats are usually docked there - too bad cause this is some of the best diving.

The days were a little windy however it wasn't so choppy as to cause problems getting in and out of the boat. It did cause a little lower viz than normal - usually they get 100 feet, but some days viz was down to 60 feet.

Saw beautiful eagle rays almost 30 feet away - about 5 or 6 together floating gorgeously. On one dive at safety stop, the boat was circling above (at a safe distance) and dolphins were playing in the wake of the boat which was fun for all of us to see and watch the dolphins. I'm a macro photographer and tons of stuff for me to photograph - first time to see a lot of things I'd only seen in Paul Humann books! Saw beautiful large sting ray that was almost tame. Some marine life is very curious and not used to divers - one French Angel LOVES bubbles.

Le Posada de los 40 Cañons is right in town and on the beach - very charming an excellent place to stay. It has A/C, lots of hot water, and local restaurant. Other places around town are also excellent, but 40 Canons is closest to DreamTime and we wanted to stay in town to get the feel of the village.

Friendly, courteous staff who are more than happy to please their divers - tell them what you want to see and they will go out of their way to find it for you. Very small op, so are very individually oriented and want to please each one of their divers. Excellent location for beginners and experienced divers.
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