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Old 02-12-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Recommendation for diving on Isla Mujeres?

When in Playa in May I would like to head over to Isla Mujeres to dive in the new underwater sculpture park. My dive operator from Playa told me that he doesn't go there (never been) and it sounded that he doesn't know dive operators on Isla Mujeres. Has anyone gone to Isla Mujeres and been diving in that underwater sculpture park? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Just wanted to bump this up...we are possibly going to Isla in early August and will want to do this dive as well as a couple other local dives and a whale shark tour....anyone know of any Isla dive shops that we can use for all of these?
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Andrea, this looks like a good one:


Dive isla Mujeres with Squaloadventures :



seems like many of the dive shops don't specifically mention the Underwater Museum...maybe just lax updating of the websites? But according to the Trip Advisor reviews, they do it....and they also 'have the largest dive boat on the island'...

Squaloadventures - Isla Mujeres - Reviews of Squaloadventures - TripAdvisor
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Laura from cancunmap.com was there less than a month ago, updating the isla mujeres map, you should contact her even if the map is not in print yet she will be able to help you I´m sure her address is orders at cancunmap dot com

They have the absolute best information on Isla Mujeres for sure

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We used Captain Tony twice last time we were there. Super nice guy and skilled guide.

Here is a link to his email address. I know that Laura the MapChick also recommends him.

Tony Garcia's Guadalupana Tour Boat in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Have fun....I LOVE Isla!
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We used Captain Tony twice last time we were there. Super nice guy and skilled guide.

Here is a link to his email address. I know that Laura the MapChick also recommends him.

Tony Garcia's Guadalupana Tour Boat in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Have fun....I LOVE Isla!
Tony is the best - but we did not use him for diving. Took a trip to Isla Contoy with him and his brother Mario. They stopped along the way and bought freshly caught fish for the lunch they made for us there
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Thanks, Riss, didn't see that you bumped this up. I have talked to some people and contacted someone who uploaded pics from the statues to a german divers-site two weeks ago. He told me that you can't swim close to the statues and his wife was bored after 10 minutes. I had heard that there is nothing else than the statues and that dive-shops are avoiding the dive because it is boring. So in the end I decided not to go. I have only 12 days in Playa and will go 3 days to the Cenotes and 1 day to Cozumel. I want to spend time with my friends in Playa that has priority over diving this time.
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Thanks, Riss, didn't see that you bumped this up. I have talked to some people and contacted someone who uploaded pics from the statues to a german divers-site two weeks ago. He told me that you can't swim close to the statues and his wife was bored after 10 minutes. I had heard that there is nothing else than the statues and that dive-shops are avoiding the dive because it is boring. So in the end I decided not to go. I have only 12 days in Playa and will go 3 days to the Cenotes and 1 day to Cozumel. I want to spend time with my friends in Playa that has priority over diving this time.

Not much to see (in terms of fish) in the cenotes, either.

But that is cool...we are going to go snorkel the statues, I think, not dive them...perhaps on the way to see the whalesharks.


I imagine the statues are boring for some. I think they look beautiful.

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I ordered my Isla maps from Mapchick the other day, along with a Cancun one to get oriented where the Puertos are located.

Roni, I think we are going to be booking the Posada del Mar, for location reasons mostly- I see from searching you stayed there once.


From searching it sounds like Aqua Adventures, Sea Hawk Divers or Squalo Adventures are my top 3 shops.

and I have received more props for Tony- he must be good!
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Roni, I think we are going to be booking the Posada del Mar, for location reasons mostly- I see from searching you stayed there once.
We have stayed there twice. It is a good location, but anywhere is downtown Isla is pretty close to anywhere else in downtown Isla

Romy is a treasure as a bartender.

The 7-11 near the ferry dock has fresh brewed coffee if you are an early riser. I am

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Sea Haek Divers used to have a couple of places they rented out - maybe above or beside the shop.
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Not much to see (in terms of fish) in the cenotes, either.

But that is cool...we are going to go snorkel the statues, I think, not dive them...perhaps on the way to see the whalesharks.


I imagine the statues are boring for some. I think they look beautiful.

La Evolución Silenciosa (The Silent Evolution)


I ordered my Isla maps from Mapchick the other day, along with a Cancun one to get oriented where the Puertos are located.

Roni, I think we are going to be booking the Posada del Mar, for location reasons mostly- I see from searching you stayed there once.


From searching it sounds like Aqua Adventures, Sea Hawk Divers or Squalo Adventures are my top 3 shops.

and I have received more props for Tony- he must be good!
I don't think Tony does dives, though? Only snorkel and fishing tours.
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I don't think Tony does dives, though? Only snorkel and fishing tours.
And Contoy Island tours. You get to do a bit of snorkeling on the way. Contoy is a bird refuge and we thought the trip was work the time
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If I stayed on Isla Mujeres I WOULD do the dive. And go to Contoy again (loved it there). But to organize it from Playa is not that easy. It would be easier if I would dive with Yucatek divers but this time I am not.

And in the cenotes I love the play of the sunrays... Hope to get some nice pics there.
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But according to the Trip Advisor reviews, they do it....and they also 'have the largest dive boat on the island'...!
When you go scuba diving, you don't want the "largest boat", those are called "cattle boats" because you are taken care in the same way, one guide at front and one at the rear "herding" you. No personal service and not good for safety. In a snorkel tour is different as you take your own route.

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But that is cool...we are going to go snorkel the statues, I think, not dive them...perhaps on the way to see the whalesharks.

I imagine the statues are boring for some. I think they look beautiful.
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I think that the boring part is that you can't get near the statues, not the sculptures by themselves.
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