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Old 03-17-2005   #1 (permalink)
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Great dive center

...probably not the most famous one, but Alberto's diving club (at Tarraya's) is great. On calle 2 (I think, must check though). They have a website also, will give the address ASAP.

Very laid back people, cool dive lovers. Alberto and Miguel make you feel very comfy and relaxed. Which is very important for me, as a beginner.
I hate the "show off" type tou often find in dive clubs...

We had 2 very nices dives with them, Tortuga spot with lots of...tortugas (would you believe it ), huge green murenas (not sure that's what they're called in english ??)...and a bull shark (I read since that it seems to be the most "people attacking" shark, thank god I didn't know that before ! ). And at barracuda spot....barracudas and lots of very colorful fishes.

Go for it ! It's cheap too...35$ for one tank and 55$ for two tank dives !
If you go, tell them that Stephanie & Vincent from Paris say hi !
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When you say beginner, did you complete your open water certifications dives with them?

Also, please post contact information.

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Hello TonyHD,

No I didn't complete my open water certification with them (I did that in a swimming pool in Paris ), but I did my first discovery dive with them 4 years ago.

Since then I've done about 10-15 dives during vacations in Thailand, Maldives, Maurice Island and ma favourite dive club remains Alberto's because they are really nice and boats are not packed with loads of people (there was just 4 people on our 2 dives this year..).

They also do the Open water certificate and I'm pretty sure they are great people to do it with. Price for that is 280$ apparently. And its 65$ for a discovery dive. They also propose snorkeling and fishing trips.

Their website : www.prodigyweb.net.mx/grafs

Good dives !

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You'll be hard pressed to find a diveshop here in Playa that packs them into the boat. Most operations run small 8m pangas, or skiffs, which is nice.
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Hi James...

I did see a dive boat leaving shore with at least 15 divers from the dive center right next to Mamita's...I didnt envy them at all
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Hi James...

I did see a dive boat leaving shore with at least 15 divers from the dive center right next to Mamita's...I didnt envy them at all
And I did my diving course at the dive center right next to Mamitas and although we were 10 divers we had 3 instructors with us so underwater we felt not crowded. In fact I was really happy with them and after the first discovery dive immediately made my open water certificate with them.

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Old 03-21-2005   #7 (permalink)
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Seems like diving makes everybody happy anyway !
Which dive spots did you go to Andiline ?
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I have done at least 40 dives in Playa and will be back in May for about 17 more. The guys I dive with is usually about 4 divers and a divemaster/inst. makes things alot nicer when not crowded. ninotchka What dive location did you see a bull shark? It wasn't nurse shark was it ? have seen alot of them but have not got to see bull there, not to say it wasn't just worndering where.
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Hi Oklahomajack !

We saw the bull shark at the Tortuga spot, it swam 10m away from us (didn't even give us a glance !) and Miguel (the instructor) was sure it was a bull shark. He even said it was probably a "baby" (around 1m50-2m) and maybe mum wasn't far. And apparently females are bigger...
We followed it but of course we did'nt keep up the speed, the shark dissapeared as fast has it had appeared !

Here's a link with the dives spots close to PDC : http://divemike.com/reefdiving_sitemap.html

Barracuda spot was very nice too.

Good dives and tell us what you get to meet !
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Murenas are Eels in English I believe. I think those were the most impressive things I saw too, as big as large dogs down there You were lucky to see a bull shark, I'm jealous of that.

I think the overall quality of the dive shops in PDC is quite high, there's so much competition that a sub par one just wouldn't last. I did my dives with Abyss and was fortunate enough that 2 of my dives were just me and my instructor. Really enjoyed their Saturday bbq's at the Parrot too.
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yep, Morena = Moray Eel.
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Seems like diving makes everybody happy anyway !
Which dive spots did you go to Andiline ?
Hi Ninotchka,

I am not really sure to which reef we went on that first day. It was near to north Playa though (maybe moc-che but I don't know). When I planned to do my other dives the ocean was too rough and the boats couldn't get out so I went with my dive instructor to Cenote 'El Eden' (it was just her and me) and we did the remaining training and dives there in the open water area. After the final writing exam I more or less had to go to the airport immediately so no more dives after that.

I am already thinking about where to go to get more experience this autumn...


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Great Andiline ! Ready for your next dives in autumn then...will it be in Playa again or somewhere else ?
We also had the problem of rough see, port closed, no diving for several days

James and Icebreaka, thanks for moray eel...and yes they are huge there !! I think I was actually more frightened when I approached an enormous one (at barracuda spot) than when I saw the shark ! :p

If people read this thread and still hesitate diving, do try !...I'm not a very adventurous type of person and would never have tried if my husband was not a dive-lover. But now I love it too....
The silence (apart from your own bubbling ), the blueness of the sea (especially at PDC !), all the different species of fish and sea life...and this extraordinary feeling of flying...aaaah !
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I don't know where I'll go diving next. Probably not Playa as I might go there again next March. I was thinking about Thailand but when I read a little bit about the current situation in the area where diving is one of the best places worldwide I had the impression that it's too early to go there. Maybe Egypt or the Maledives or even someplace else. I am not sure as I am still in the stage of just collecting ideas.

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Thailand is great for diving (we were in Koh Phi Phi in march 2004...), but I understand what you mean about it being too soon...Even though people there really need tourists to come back. Difficult to make a decision...

There's also the other side of Thailand, islands close to Koh Samui are apparently very nice too. And did not suffer from the tsunami.

Maldives is probably THE dive spot. We liked it a lot.
But there's nothing else to do than dive...and rest. If you like visiting and seing people, not a good idea. Islands are tiny and have just one hotel on them.
Just a very nice place to dive and relax...

We also went to Mauritius Island, dives are very nice, there are a few things to visit too. Combined with Reunion island is great if you have enough time...!

For our next trip we are thinking of Madagascar, islands on the west side. Nosy be, Nosy Iranja and Tsarabanjina....apparently superb dives to do there too. On the east side there's Sainte Marie and I think whales can be seen there in september.

Good search then ! You're lucky to be leaving again in autumn...For us not before next winter probably...

Regards to Cologne,

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