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Dive Review of Scuba Mau/Villablanca Gardens in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Scuba Mau/Villablanca Gardens, Apr, 2011,

by Mark Edwards, KY, US ( 1 report). Report 6023.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We stayed at the Villablanca Gardens. overall it was nice with about all you need for a nice stay. 2 restaurants, 3 dive shops, 3 more restaurants within a block. Boat pier across the street. Rooms were clean and daily maid service was excellent.

We chose Scuba Mau dive shop for our dive charters and i would never use anyone else! These guys do everything possible to assure your dives are as good as possible weather you are a beginner or experienced diver. The boats were fast and we never had more than 6 divers. Usually 3 or 4. If inexperienced divers were aboard the dive master would set a shallower max depth and he would hold pretty much to that, but more experienced divers could still dive their own profile. An example: 70' for 50 min, my buddy and I dove to 110', as did 2 other divers. On one trip there were two divers getting checked out and they sent 2 dive masters.

The staff and dive masters were fabulous. Seriously a 5 star operation. Something I am not used to but came to really appreciate was, I never moved my gear or set my weights, tanks etc. When you showed up at the boat the gear was set up and when you were done they took it to the shop, rinsed it and that was it. Of course they had water and fruit on board.

As for the diving, excluding 2 wall dives with uncomfortable currents, I would give it 5 stars. Particularly the Palancar reef and Santa Rosa areas. The swim throughs were awesome. I have a cavern certification and these caverns were more beautiful than any I have ever seen before. We saw Nurse sharks, turtles, huge crabs and lobsters on every dive. We also saw a pod of 4 dolphins and huge Groupers.

All i can say is We're going back next year with a couple more dive buddies. Can't wait!!
Websites Scuba Mau   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80-150 Ft/ 24-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments On 2 wall dives the current was too strong to take any pics. One was around 5 knots. All of the other dives were moderate to low current and easy on the photographer.
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