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Dive Review of Rafael de la Parra/Casa de Los Suenos in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

Rafael de la Parra/Casa de Los Suenos: "Whale Sharks Isla Mujeres ,Mexico", Jul, 2017,

by Howard Kaiser, MO, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9812 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Baja, Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, Bahamas, Hawaii , Grand Caymans, North Carolina
Closest Airport Cancun Quntana Roo MX Getting There very easy. Fly into Cancun, hotel will arrange van pickup to modern ferry that goes to Isla Mujeres. Taxi will be waiting for you at dockside. Rent golf carts and explore.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 2 snorkelers plus one guide in the water per boat at a time. Other operators require life jackets to be worn- most will accept a slightly buoyant 1 mil skin. Make sure to ask since the vests really restrict photography and it's impossible to dive below for camera shots.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None]Bucket available on request with fresh water for cameras. No table or surface available on boat. Rafael was a master at put ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments This was our second trip to see the whale sharks congregating each summer off the coast of isla Mujeres and Isla Holbox. The islands lie about 20 miles off the coast of Cancun. Isla Mujeres is a very laid back beach town that sees a huge influx of tourists each summer. The crowds tend to be low key and center around Playa Norte ( North Beach). My wife and I really enjoy cruising around Isla Mujeres on our reliable golf cart. Words of warning- watch out for the speed bumps! They are literally everywhere and keep the pace of traffic slow enough so as not to endanger walkers on the extremely narrow streets chock full of hawkers and vendors.
We wanted to improve on our anniversary trip from two years ago when I wrote a review for this publication. We decided to book three days straight mid-week to go out whale sharking with Rafael de le Parra, a gentleman recommended by another Undercurrent reader. We simply can't say enough good things about Rafael and his son, who gave us three straight days of interaction with at least 70 -80 whale sharks, often with four or five within 20 feet of us! Rafael is an educator and a protector of the animals and his knowledge made this particular trip exceptionally rewar ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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