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Dive Review of ProDive/Sunscape Puerto Aventuras in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Riviera Maya

ProDive/Sunscape Puerto Aventuras, Sep, 2006,

by Dr. Michael Pangelinan, CA, USA . Report 2824.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Palawan Island, Philippines; Fiji; Palau; Saipan; Guam; California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 40minute dive time during the briefings but most group dives went 50 minutes. I dove with just the DM on a few dives and got to dive my profile...nearly an hour!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Not truly geared for UWP's. The boat crews did hand down the cameras.

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 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Got to snorkel with whale sharks!!! Stein with Prodive at Puerto Aventuras is an excellent and well informed guide. Amazing experience! Visit the Riviera Maya or Cozumel between mid-June to mid-August and they guarantee whale shark encounters at Isla Holbox. Grueling trip to the feeding grounds but well worth it! Dove the cenotes and Puerto Aventuras and Playa del Carmen reefs this trip. Tons of turtles and barracudas at the sites appropriately named Tortugas and Barracudas. Got to see a school of HUGE trevally parolling the reef. Morays, lobsters, crabs, rays...no sharks though. Winter is better for seeing bull sharks cruising the reefs. Prodive is a very well run operation. On some dives it was just me and the DM (Nauell-sorry to botch up his name but also excellent DM)so we dove my profile...nearly 60 minutes on some dive.

Prodive does not have a mixer or air at the resort so Nitrox was $15 extra PER tank! Not worth it.

The cenotes dives were cool and well led. Prodive provided primary lights for every diver and our guide Mariana was excellent.

Prodive is an EXCELLENT resort for beginners. Good if limited for intermediate divers. (Aquanauts in Puerto Aventuras is the appropriate choice for more advanced divers.) ALL of the DM's and the entire support staff at Prodive was very good.

Had an alarming 25 minute surface interval (literally) when we had to abort a dive due to one diver's malfunctioning reg. The boat went to drop off a group doing their open water check out dives. We drifted South at a pretty good clip on the surface before the boat came back for us. The guys must have been playing cards or fishing but the DM was furious and rightly so. A dive accident would have required immediate transport and a lot of bad things could have happened on the surface in 25 minutes. The incident was reported to management and the 4 of us were issued credits for the missed dive. The DM also helped clear the reg of sand in the shop but offered a rental reg to the diver at no charge. Excellent operation except for that one mishap.
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