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Dive Review of XTC Dive Center/Stayed at Tierra Maya Hotel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Yucatan Peninsula, Xclak

XTC Dive Center/Stayed at Tierra Maya Hotel, Jan, 2004,

by Bob Wojcik, WI, USA . Report 911.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Utila, Honduras, Stuart Coves Bahamas, Kona HI., Coral Sea, Cod Hole GBR. Lake Superior.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions You could dive your own profile if you had a computer. Three minute saftey stop at 700PSI.
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 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Because we were traveling on motorcycles I did not bring my underwater camera gear and as a result do not know. There were no rinse tanks on the boat however the boat captain and crew member were very accomodating. All our dives were less than 20 minutes from shore and there was a limited rinse area at the dive shop.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I did this trip with a friend who was completing his the open water portion of his certification. Eric at XTC was very accomodating and did an excellent job with my friend. He went into great detail to explain all procedures and answer all questions. This was not a busy time for them and alot of times we went out with only 2 to 4 divers. Most of the sites are only 10 or 15 minutes from shore and have a real variety of terrain including pinacales, a large chiminey you drop into opening into a cavern on one side and several valleys. We saw spotted eagle rays, several sting rays, large grouper, turtles, lobster, and a variety of other fish.

They will do a trip to Banco Chinchorro, which is about an hour by boat, but do require 4 divers for that trip. Banco Chinchorro is part of the reef that goes further south into Belize and has several ship wrecks to dive. Because of time restrictions on our part we were unable to make that trip.

They also do boat trips to Ambergris Caye for $200 a boat maximum capacity 4 people and will help make arrangements for you to dive there. This trip takes about an hour and a half and is cheaper to do than going from Belize city if you have 4 people.

We stayed at the Tierra Maya which is about one mile away and located on the water. The accomodations were excellent and included a continental breakfast which was very good. They also serve dinner and have a bar which also was very good. Internet and phone access was availible at the main office.

Xclak is located about three and a half hours south of Cancun by car so it is not easy to get to, but I think worth the effort.
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