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Dive Review of Amigos Del Mar/Nacional Beach Club in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Yucatan

Amigos Del Mar/Nacional Beach Club: "Stormy weather", Oct, 2017,

by Mr Jeffrey Zankel, CA, US ( 2 reports). Report 10016.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Truk, Soccoro, Cocos, Hawaii, Bonaire, key Largo, Baja, Ibiza, Bahamas, Channel Islands, Monterey, Chile, Panama
Closest Airport Chetumal Getting There Mexico City to Chetumal or from Cancun

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive as a group only. Amigos says this is a park requirement
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The dive boat, a large ponga, has no provision for Cameras. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments “You should’ve been here last week”. These are words that make every diver cringe, but how many times have you just missed the whale shark, the bull shark or the elephant seal. In my case, we just missed the fair weather and that made all the difference in diving Chinchorro Bank
A friend told me about his dives in the remote Chinchorro Bank of Mexico but mentioned that accessibility via small boat from Xcalak was an issue. However, last year I heard about a new dive shop in Mahahual , Amigos Del Mar, whose owner, Heiko Goetze, had built a fast new boat. I decided to check it out.
I flew into Chetumal from Mexico City and took the two hour ride to Mahahual. The cab ride cost $80 but a group can hire a van. Or it’s 4 1/2 hours from Cancun.
Mahahual is typical Quintana Roo beach town built on tourism. Think Playa Del Camen circa 1989. The good news is, after the town was wiped out by Wilma in 05 they rebuilt it with some infrastructure and a bit of planning rare in these pop up tourist towns. So instead of cruise ships dragging their anchors across the reef there is a cruise ship pier and instead of a beach cluttered with hotels there is a big promenade, the Malecon, in back of the beach with hotels, restaurants and shops safely cluttered on the land side.
My room at the Nacional Beach Club, a mid range eco tourist style hotel, was on the promenade with a view of the passers by, the beach and our dive boat, La Chula, a powerful 33’ ponga. Like most of the rooms at NBC mine was a stand alone stone structure simply furnished but very comfortable and clean. Best of all it had a front porch for drying ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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