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The main restaurant is only accessible via 2 flights of stairs. The CM com- pound is expansive and they do not have local transportation for people who have trouble walking, which would have been great for my handicapped dad who was with us. The food was fantastic, and the fitness center that overlooks the lagoon is very nice place to work out.

Costa Maya (South of Tulum)

Maya Ha Resort, December 1999, Eric Schroeder, M.D., Olathe, KS. Vis: 50-100+. Dive restrictions enforced: use own judgment. Minimal restrictions, 160 ft on cenote dive. Outstanding operation. Dive guides extremely professional. Safety conscious but open to our suggestions re dive sites, maximum depth etc. Dove with computers exclusively. Boat captain/divemaster Don Higbie did everything within his power to get us to Chinchorro Bank despite marginal weather. Twenty mile trip (1 hr. ride) not at all bad — super boat. Chinchorro banks absolutely spectacu- lar, beautiful tropicals, giant sponges, and black coral, hundreds of eels, dolphins and shipwrecks. Nice side trip to Lake Bacalar to dive cenote, eat lunch and tour fort/museum. Brand- new resort. Very nice rooms, great bar/ lounge for socializing. All water in resort is purified (reverse osmosis) and is delicious. Staff is very friendly and helpful. My buddy and I truly were made to feel like one of the gang. (877-443-1600 toll-free; 512- 443-2977; Fax 512-443-2978; e- mail mayaharesort@aol.com; website www.mayaharesort.com)

Maya Ha Resort, April 2000, Sig Sigerson, (sigerson@perris.k12.ca.us), Morneo Valley, CA. Vis: 60 to 100 Feet. Water: 79 to 80 F, calm choppy no currents. Dive your own profile: no. Dive restrictions: The divemaster chaperoned us as a group. With a 42' dive boat, we sometimes would put up to 14 divers in the water; it was not large enough to change camera gear. While my buddy and I dipped down to 120, they expected us to stay with the group which they told to stay at 80'. There were occasions when a drift dive was executed but once in the water, I did not think the current warranted it. There was no opportu- nity for night diving as the boat had a long transit back across the channel to the resort before dark; usually took an hour to 1.5 hours to reach the bank from the resort buoy. No cenote diving. We learned, however, that there was a large cenote outside Carrillo Puerto, an hour and half from Maya Ha. Maya Ha did not offer Nitrox. What I liked most was remoteness; once we landed at Cancun, it took 4 hours in a Van to get to Maya Ha. Airport transport service of $100 per person is well worth the comfort. Chinchorro Bank itself; in 6 days of diving, we only had a brief encounter with one other dive boat. The ride was a rough son-of—. Main attraction to me was the pirate Galleon wrecked there. My buddy and I took pictures of us hovering over clearly visible cannon. Being so far removed from the plastic tourism centers, we had a sense of “real” Mexico. Maya Ha is just south of Mahahual and just north of Xcalak. Maya Ha Resort was

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