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Dive Review of We-B-Divin/Villa Las Anclas in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

We-B-Divin/Villa Las Anclas: "Summer in Cozumel", Jul, 2019,

by James Vincett, NM, US ( 2 reports). Report 11061.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We-B-Divin is an operation out of Dallas, TX. All reservations are made through a U.S. number and website. As far as we could tell, there are two main contacts on the island. After you sign the release, the person in Dallas (Judy) sends you a phone number to call once you land on the island. The boat will come and pick you up at any resort south of San Miguel you are staying at. However, we usually stay in town and take a cab to the marina. Judy very generously offered to pay cab fare back to our hotel each day, since the boat could not pick us up at the main pier. We-B-Divin handles all of your dive equipment during your stay. We dove 19 dives over five days: a three tank boat dive each day, plus a twilight and night dive on two days. Costs are very reasonable, and cheaper than other dive operations we used on earlier trips. A good value for the money. The boat is large and relatively slow. We didn't mind this, since we do not engage in other activities; we were usually back in the marina by 2 pm after a three tank day. Because of the summer season, during the three tank dives for four days we were the only two divers on the boat. The dive master (can't remember his name, sorry!) was very knowledgeable of the dive sites and an excellent diver. Safety conscious, the divemaster always entered the water first to check the current, but at the end of some dives it seemed he was eager to get out of the water. He always asked us where we wanted to dive (probably because there was only two of us), and was knowledgeable about the dive sites. Lunch was excellent, with fresh crusty buns, a tasty ceviche, coldcuts, cheese, fruit, water, and cookies.

As for the diving, we were both surprised at the number of divers, since July is the off-season. While we were the only two divers on our boat, some operations had eight or twelve on a boat. Some of the dive sites were crowded, at times a dozen other boats were present. At Pinnacles, for example, there were more than two-dozen other divers!

The reef was throbbing with life: lobsters, schools of small and large fish, groupers, eels, turtles, barracuda, spider crabs, all were abundant. However, we only saw one shark, a nurse shark. Visibility was fairly good out to about sixty feet, which was somewhat disappointing, since we've experienced swimming-pool like conditions in Cozumel. Water temperature was in the high 80s, so we only wore dive skins. Current on some dives was challenging, but not impossible. We dove Paradise reef for the twilight and night dives, and saw multiple crabs, eels, octopus, and squid. There is a reason we keep going back to Cozumel.
Websites We-B-Divin   Villa Las Anclas

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Sea of Cortez, Southern California, Hawaii, Belize
Closest Airport San Miguel Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 87-89°F / 31-32°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-70 Ft/ 18-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 80 foot depth maximum. Follow the dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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 We are not a photographers, but there was a separate rinse tank for camera equipment, plus ample space for setting up.
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