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Dive Review of Tarraya/Royal Hideaway in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Tarraya/Royal Hideaway, Jul, 2013,

by Kenneth A Skitt, RI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7361.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments I wish I had known that we would not have been diving with Chivo (Martin Duran) who is a great divemaster and Instructor who really knows the sites and the area. Unfortunately he was not available to dive while we were there although we were assured that he would be diving.
It appears that all of the small shops contract independent Divemasters to take out groups from several shops at the same time. These guys are from everywhere but Playa del Carmen and only know sites for basic diving.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bermuda, Barbados, Grand Cayman, Cancun, Puerto Adventuras, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Aruba, Curacao, St. Martin, St. Thomas, British Tortola, Greece, Florida, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-120 Ft/ 30-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions None, We just had to stay with the Divemaster. The groups we dove with were from several different shops.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]I've been diving at Playa del Carmen a few times before with Chivo and had some great dives. This time out the dive operation paired us with an itinerant Divemaster from Canada who knew less about dive sites than I did. Overall our group of three was matched continually with divers who talked a good game but couldn't dive for beans. We were very disappointed and after a few days stopped diving because the sites were nondescript and shallow with strong currents.
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