beautiful. A separate building serves as the dining hall, bar, and veranda; guests stayed in separate bungalows that were very private. The rooms afforded plenty of space to spread your gear out and there was maid service every day. The facility is new; one section is slated for additional bungalows. The day we left, final touches were being added to the separate dive shop. The Maya Ha staff seemed very focused on making our stay enjoyable. The one day we were blown out by the weather, they put together a Van excursion to the ruins of Kohunlich. My only negative about Maya Ha is that they did not allow more advanced divers to do different profiles, etc. My buddy, a NAUI Instructor, and I, Cave and Tech Certs, had to stick with guys who were putting their regulators on backwards!
are very good). Our bottom time was 1 HR 15 min to 1-1/2 HR that they did not like, so the second day we did not get a full tank. Then we made (a drift dive) against the current (what a joke. We still stayed down 1 HR.
Maya Ha Resort, May 2000, Arthur Graf, San Antonio, TX. Vis: 30-60 ft. Water: 75-82 degrees. Diving Chinchorro Reef 1.5-2.5 hrs. out to sea. Very choppy first hour out if wind is up. Reef pretty well fished out but very spectacular corals. Many wrecks. Four hours by private bus South of Cancun. Good road until last turn off, 5 miles of pot holes. They are building the resort and water is good to drink and veggies can be eaten raw. Good staff. Wade out to boat. Good boats, lunch on board could stand improvement.
Maya Ha Resort, April 2000, Mike Carter, Azle, TX. Vis: 50-75 ft. Water: 82 degrees. Beds too hard to sleep on. The diving was OK but nothing great. We paid $3200 for an all-inclusive trip, except for alcohol. But cokes are $2.50. When you eat in the lodge you get one plate and that’s all. First day was diving for beginners, nothing fun. Second day first two dives OK but nothing great. Plus there were 21 divers too many, so they hurried you through the dive and back to the boat then you finish the dive at or around the boat. Last dive of the second day, we got to see some cannons from an old wreck. It was OK but not that great. We left the next day. We stayed 3 days we paid for seven. It wasn’t worth it. (I think your reports
Maya Ha Resort, July 2000, Roger and Donna Soape, Houston, TX. Vis: 60-100 ft. Water: 83-84 degrees. Restrictions: keep some of the group in sight. New resort (about 1 year) about 4 hour drive south of Cancun. Dives Chinchorro Bank, hour plus boat ride out and back for 3 tanks off 42 ft. or 48 ft. Pro jet dive boat —nice boats! Dove 6 days with groups ranging from 8 to 17; well handled by competent and courteous dive masters/ boat crew. Boat anchors, rather than follows, more than we hoped but had one 4+ knot speedy drift dive. No vertical walls but lots of thick, pristine corals and sponges. Many tropicals with good sized snappers, etc. Beautiful! See it now as airport and cruise ships are coming. 17th century cannons slowly “disappearing.”
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