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Dive Review of Mahekal Beach Resort in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Mahekal Beach Resort: "Playa del Carmen", Sep, 2016,

by Bernard Dubois, NH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9129.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments I dive for 52 years. This month, my young wife and I went to Playa del Carmen for her to discover snorkling and diving. I was not expecting much and I was not desapointed. We stayed at the Mahekal Beach Resort. It used to be a very nice place but it is falling apart. No hot water for 2 days, no fitness center open, the main restaurant is closed for leaking roof... The diving club of the hotel is obscessed about safety. My wife cannot taste scuba diving as she has no medical document.
I made 4 dives with them. 3 were miserable, one was OK: Barracuda.
I was told that it was a current dive. So, when we are to go under water, I duck and aim toward the bottom fast, 70 feet. The guide and the 2 others are still close to the surface, vertical doing "controlled descent". Even taking pictures at the bottom, I am bored.
Where are "les plongee d'antan"?
Go to Cozumel. The first time I was there was 40 years ago. It was great. It was very good 30 and 20 years ago. 10 years ago, I got bored: more diver than fish! It was after the storm. It was still a lot better than Playa del Carmen!
Diving in FL next month (my wife is due to get certified) and Maui in January for real fun.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Cancun Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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]
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