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employed another dive guide, he was only concerned about one young girl. The boat, food, and crew were great. But I didn’t like the crowded condi- tions. Toni, boat owner, was very helpful and hospitable. The Sol Cabanos was a nice quiet hotel a $4 taxi ride from town. It was right on the beach and employees soon knew us by name. The ruins on Cozumel and those on the mainland were interesting and the river/ocean mixing resorts quite refreshing (Xiaha) (Xicharet).

Mayan Riviera (Cancun to Tulum)

Akumal Dive Center, Club Med Cancun, February 2000, Beth Carey (betty@slack.net), NYC. Vis: 100 to 100 Feet. Water: 80 to 82 F. While staying in Cancun we rented a car and had a super day trip. Akumal is a quiet, low-key place with nice dive sites. The fewer people who go there the better. So don’t tell anyone. 1st dive a 5 min. boat ride to a dive site in Half Moon Bay, Akumal. Viz. 100'. Water temp. low 80s. Rolling reefs as far as you could see! Not a plethora of fishes, but enough, the usual suspects. At the Dive Center the people were very nice, but the DM who took us out seemed a little burnt out and he should have paid special attention to two people who had just gotten certified and this was their first dive post-cert. I appreciated that he stayed down with me until I reached 500 psi. Nice dive. 2nd dive also w/ Dive Center Akumal, at Tajmaya Cenote. Viz. Unlimited?. Like something out of the X-Files, other divers look like astronauts in space. It was eerily still and quiet,

almost spooky, amazing. (Akumal Dive Center: 800-351-1622, 915- 584-3552, +52 987-5-9025)

Dive Akumal, Club Akumal Caribe March 2000, Steve Mimnaugh (mims_84093@yahoo.com), Sandy, UT. Vis: 75-100 ft. Water: 78-82 degrees. Restrictions: time. Good: short boat rides, accommodating dive shop, up close large animal encounter with big friendly dolphin, many large turtles, novelty of scuba/snorkel cenotes, nonthreatening family diving, fine food and service for Mexico, fun bars (small, quaint, clean, friendly). Conspicuous security. Condos a little far from resort (but close to nice bars, restaurants), no shore diving, bug bites at night in condo on my daughter, very windy, very hot and humid, car required. Wish they had better kids program for 9 year old daughter so I could have dived more/kid-sat less. Mediocre snorkeling at condos and resort. (Club Akumal Caribe: 800- 351-1622; 915-584-3552)

Mike Madden Divers, Oasis, August 1999, Ken Skitt, Greenville, RI. Vis: 80-120 ft. Water: 82-84 degrees. Good: Got to dive Cenotes. It was awesome. Madden has good Mexican guides who let you do your thing and watch you carefully. Accommodating and helpful. It was worth the trip. Saw many turtles, large fish, and got good pictures. Trip to Chitzenitza was great! (+52 987-3-5147; Fax +52 987-3- 5129)

Wetset, Casita Del Mar, January 2000, William R. Nelson, Kelso, WA.

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