Km 15.2 Boulevard Kukulcan
Cancun. Q. Roo
Tel. 001 52 998 8488326 Freephone 1-866-210-1236
Aquaworld Marina in Cancun is both an SDI
and PADI diveshop. If you would like to try
diving for the first time we offer a short
course for beginners which will allow you
to take a shallow reef dive amongst the crystal
clear waters of the surrounding area. Alternatively
we offer services for experienced divers such
as the amazing Caverns, Wrecks and of course
diving in Cozumel.
Number of Dive Boats: 3
Maximum Number of Divers: 24
Number of Tanks per Day: Each dive offers
2 tanks. 1 tank dives also available
Gear Provided: Yes
Rental Gear Available: Yes
Total Dive Sites: 10
Minimum time to divesites/mins: 30
Maximum time to dive site/mins: 40
Training Agency: PADI and SDI
Courses Offered: PADI - Discover Scuba to
Divemaster SDI - Discover Scuba to IDC
Location: Akumal, Q. Roo, Mexico
USA Office: 1957 E. Falcon Way
Sandy Utah 84093 USA
Tel. 801-619-9050 / 866-619-9050
Aquatech/VillasDeRosa is a small family owned
resort. The Aquatech Dive Center is headquarters
for cave, cavern and open water divers in
Mexico - offering the best variety of fresh
and salt water diving.
Costa De Cocos
Chetumal Q. Roo
Tel. 52 983 83 98537 707 7366240
Enter our Underwater Wonderland. The second
longest reef in the world, is our front yard.
The reef diving is exceptional. Less than
5 to 20 minute boat rides takes you to the
many dive sites we have. you will experience
Walls, Canyons, Chimneys, "Blue Holes",
incredible views of coral, fans, sponges,
turtles, eels, rays, and a variety of tropical
fish. There is something to see at every depth,
whether beginner or expert, all levels will
enjoy. Take your diving experience to another
level with our on-site instruction, from a
first scuba experience, add specialty courses,
or up to Dive Master's level.
» Number of Dive Boats: 2 - 33' with
twin honda 115 hp and 25' panga with a single
60 hp yamaha
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat:
8 to 10 in the 33 foot boat and 4 in the 25
» Gear Provided: Tanks and weights
» Rental Gear Available: BCD's regs,
wetsuits mask fins and snorkels
» Nitrox Available: No
» Type of Diving Available: Reef
» Total Dive Sites: 18+ common dive
sites plus alot of unexplored areas, 18 miles
of coastline covered from here
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 5
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 25
» Certification Agencies: PADI
» Courses Offered: Discover scuba to
divemaster and most PADI specialties
24 entre 5ta y 10 avenida
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo - Mexico
Tel. (0052) 984 803 10 42
Enjoy the colorfull local reefs, cozumel and
the mystic waters of the ancient mayan cenotes.
"You come as a guest, you leave as a
Wet Set de Mexico
Cancun, Q. Roo
Fax.: 52 998 2069049
We are the oldest PADI dive shop in Puerto
Morelos, Mayan Riviera and own our boats.
Our crews have been with us for years. We
found and charted most of our 32 dive sites.
Equipment loaner program.. no rentals, no
hauling heavy gear, no wash down...we do it
all for you.
Xibalba Dive Center SA de Cv
AP 52, Calle Andromeda Mza 7 Lt 6/7 entre
Geminis y Libra Sur, Tulum, Centro, Municipio
77780 Quintana Roo, Mexico
Tel: --52 984 871 2953
Fax: --52 984 871 2953
With over 10 years of experience your specialist
in cavern and cave diving & training &
exploring, dive & hospitality packages,
air & nitrox fills, equipment rental &
» Number of Dive Boats: 2
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat:
» Gear Provided: mask, fins, snorkel,
wetsuit, weight belt and weights, regulators,
BCD, tanks, lights
» Rental Gear Available: mask, fins,
snorkel, wetsuit, weight belt and weights,
regulators, BCD, tanks, also all cave gear
provided, rebreather tanks, double tanks,
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: Reef, cavern
» Total Dive Sites: 50+
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 5 minutes
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 50 minutes
» Certification Agencies: PADI; NACD
» Courses Offered: All levels of open
wáter training, technical diving courses,
nitrox, cave and cavern, scooter, sidemount
over 30 years old, Cancun is one of Mexico’s
most popular tourist destinations. Situated
at the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, the area
is equally famous for both the modern and
the ancient. All of the tourist related areas
on the beaches are brand new. The Yucatan,
however, has been known for many years as
the site for ancient Mayan ruins.
Shaped in the form of the number seven, the
area’s Hotel Zone, is lined with deluxe hotels,
restuarants and nightclubs, and the downtown
area, offers shopping, a theater and convention
center. Cancun is a haven for the aquatically
inclined, as boating, fishing, diving and
swimming opportunities abound at some of the
world’s most beautiful beaches.
Diving from the mainland of the Yucatan penninsula
offers an array of choices. From the shallow
and colorful reefs off Cancun and Playa Del
Carman to the miles of cenotes that have made
the Yucatan one of the top cave diver destinations.
Farther south is the newest destination, the
Chinchorro Banks, part of the second largest
barrier reef in the world.
Offshore, visibility is an average of 100
ft., inshore expect a little less. The cenotes
offer crystal clear visibility at all times.
Climate 75 - 90F 24 - 32C Water Temp 75 -
85F 24 - 29C Visibility 60 - 100 ft 18 - 30
international airport is the countrys
second busiest airport after Mexico City.
There are direct flights to practically all
the worlds major cities and connections
to other cities in Southeast Mexico and Central
Cancun occupies a strategic geographical position
on the continent and, being the premier Caribbean
tourism destination, Cancuns airport
has become very important to the region. Twenty-one
airlines arrive and depart from Cancun for
domestic and international flights and four
airlines have formed a regional flight network
linking cities in the Maya World.
Located just eight kilometers (5 miles) from
the city, five kilometers (3 miles) from the
Hotel Zone and 379 kilometers (235.5 miles)
from state capital, Chetumal, the airport
covers an 800-hectare area (1977 acres).
Airlines Servicing Cancun
Airlines that fly to Cancun from Mexico City
from the USA: Southwest,
Airways and from Europe: AirBerlin,
Europa and Aeroflot.
No brief account of the complex Mexican Passport/Visa
regulations is likely to be fully successful
and visitors are advised to use the following
for general guidance. Non-compliance with
visa regulations will result in fines and
transportation (at the carrier's expense)
to the visitor's country of origin.
PASSPORTS: Passport valid for at least 1 year
after date of entry is required by all
Tourist cards: Available only to people entering
Mexico on vacation, for reasons of health,
or to engage in scientific, artistic or sporting
activities which are neither remunerative
nor lucrative. Valid for the holder only.
Other persons (including minors) travelling
on the same passport must have their own card.
The card is a single-entry document and is
issued free of charge. The Consular office
retains the right to request further evidence
of the applicant's intention to visit Mexico
as a tourist whenever such intention has not
been established to the Consul's satisfaction.
The same right applies with regard to evidence
of the applicant's financial means to sustain
him/herself while in Mexico.
Note: (a) Visitors eligible for Tourist Cards
(see below) can be issued with Tourist Cards
by any Mexican Consulate, on board the plane
or at the point of entry in Mexico. (b) Tourist
Cards must be kept by the visitor during the
entire length of stay as they will have to
be presented and stamped on leaving.
Nationals of the following countries are eligible
for a Tourist card: (a) 1. EU countries for
stays of up to 180 days (except nationals
of Austria, France, Greece and Luxembourg
who can stay for up to 90 days);
(b) 2. Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA
for stays of up to 180 days;
(c) Andorra, Argentina, Bermuda, Chile, Costa
Rica, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, New
Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia,
Switzerland and Uruguay for stays of up to
(d) Czech Republic, Israel, Monaco and Poland
for up to 90 days;
(e) Korea (Rep. of) for up to 60 days;
(f) Brazil and Venezuela for up to 30 days.
For requirements and regulations relevant
to other nationalities, contact the Mexican
VISAS: Required by all except holders of a
Tourist Card or visa-replacing document. Nationals
of the following countries require a special
authorisation from the Ministry of the Interior
in Mexico: Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, China (PR),
Croatia, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, India, Jordan,
Korea (DPR), Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey
(unless permanent residents of UK), Vietnam
and Western Sahara region. Authorisation takes
approximately 3 to 4 weeks.
Application requirements: Tourist Visa: (a)
Passport with minimum of 6 months' validity.
(b) Application form. (c) 1 passport-size
photo. (d) Original return ticket. (e) Fee
(payable in cash only). (f) Proof of sufficient
funds (US$50 per day) to cover length of stay.
(g) Postal applications must be accompanied
by a covering letter specifying the purpose
of the trip and the dates of entry and departure.
Applications should be made in a stamped,
self-addressed envelope with recorded or registered
Business Visitors Card: (a)-(b) and, (c) 2
passport-size photos. (d) Letter from applicant's
employer accepting financial responsibility
to cover the applicant's stay, which also
states the nature of business to be undertaken
and the name and address of the business contact(s)
in Mexico. For visits of more than 30 days,
a multiple-entry card is needed, as well as
a letter from the local Chamber of Commerce
(or Department of Trade and Industry) confirming
the sponsoring company is a member of either
body. (e) Fee (payable in cash, postal order
or company cheque). (f) Postal applications
must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed
envelope with recorded delivery.
Note: 3. If intending to undertake business
or work of a technical or scientific nature,
normal visa regulations do not apply, and
it is necessary to obtain a Visitors Card.
It is vital to contact the local Mexican consular
representative well in advance of the intended
date of departure in order to secure the necessary
authorisation (see address section). Non-British
Nationals seeking to visit Mexico on business
are advised to check with the Consulate regarding
visa requirements and fees.
Tourist information is available at most of
the resort hotels. You'll also find the tourism
office in Cancun City on the east side of
Avenida Tulum between Avenidas Coba and Uxmal.
It's open daily 9 am-9 pm.
You can explore the Hotel Zone on your own
by taking a public bus or taxi along Paseo
Kukulkan, the main thoroughfare (and almost
the only street). The distances between resort
hotels can be long, however, so walking may
not be practical. You'll definitely need transportation
to get from the Hotel Zone to Cancun City.
Both the Hotel Zone and Cancun City are considered
safe to walk around,
While it isn't necessary to rent a car while
in the Cancun Downtown / Hotel Zone area,
you may decide to venture further south to
the Mayan Riviera, Playa Del Carmen, Chichén
Itzá, etc. Rental cars, primarily standard-shift
sub compacts and four-wheel-drive vehicles,
are available at the airport and throughout
Cancun. The standard rate is about $50 USD
per day for the car, tax, and insurance. You
can also rent an automatic car with air-conditioning
at a much higher price. You can also hire
a big, late-model car with air-conditioning
and an English- speaking chauffeur at many
hotel travel desks. You must have a license
and be at least 21 years old. Driving in the
Yucatan is on the right. Streets and roads
outside Cancun are not always up to the standards
you may be used to. If you drive on the mainland,
keep your tank filled-gas stations are scarce.
- Rental Car and Driving Tips
- Look over the rental car and have the rental
agent write down anything that is wrong with
it, no matter how small. When you return the
car you may be charged for even the most minor
scratches (even on the bumper) if they aren't
noted on the paperwork. Also, make sure the
lights and wipers work. You can't be too careful
with this process - they will get you for
anything not written down.
- Buy the Mexican insurance. Yes, sometimes
rental car insurance comes with your credit
card, but this doesn't work the same way in
Mexico. Although your own insurance says it
covers you in Mexico, they generally mean
they will reimburse you for damages. If there
are problems and you do not have the Mexican
insurance you may be required to pay the damages
before you are allowed to leave the country,
and can be held in jail until the money arrives.
Even with Mexican insurance, there is often
a $1000 deductible you have to pay if the
car is damaged.
- Pass with caution. Passing is a major cause
of car accidents around here. Other drivers
are probably going much faster than you realize
- so don't pass unless you have more than
enough room. Oncoming traffic will sometimes
pass when they are heading straight at you
- and they are expecting YOU to move onto
the shoulder to give them room to pass! If
you pass without enough room, the driver in
your lane and the one coming the other direction
will not make it easy for you to pull back
- Avoid driving at night whenever possible.
Things appear in the road without warning
(cattle, people, etc.); some highways are
poorly lit; some drivers don't even turn their
- Remember... Distance and speed limits are
posted in kilometers instead of miles. To
convert kilometers to miles, multiply kilometers
by .62. (Something 100 kilometers away is
62 miles away; 100 kilometers per hour is
62 miles per hour, etc...)
Military Check Points. There are military
check points at all state borders and sometimes
just South of the Cancun airport and in Tulum,
often looking for illegal drugs. The soldiers
working there are generally very polite. They
ask where you are coming from and going and
what you did there. Tell the truth. If you
are at a state border, they will also ask
about agricultural products like fruit or
- Speed Traps. Around Cancun there are several
speed traps where local police wait for rental
cars to come speeding by so they can stop
them and try for a bribe. Here is your best
defense - do not speed in and around Cancun,
particularly in the hotel zone and between
Cancun and the airport.
If you run out of gas or break down, don't
leave the vehicle; Mexico's "Green Angels,"
part of the Tourism Department, patrol the
main roads and will lend you assistance.
- Gasoline is sold in liters (3.78 liter=l
gallon). Nova (blue pump) is leaded; Magna
Sin (green pump) is unleaded. Only cash is
accepted. Most stations close by 10 PM. There
is no self-service, and it is customary to
tip your attendant with a few coins.
Scooters and mopeds can be rented for about
US$25-$30 a day anywhere in the Hotel Zone.
But be aware that speeding traffic, particularly
along Avenida Kukulkan, makes this a dangerous
way to travel. Helmets are required by Mexican
Taxis are available at all of the resorts.
Expect to pay US$4-$6 for a ride along Paseo
Kukulkan. Be prepared to bargain, and settle
on the fare before entering the vehicle.
Public buses run along Paseo Kukulkan in the
Hotel Zone and stop at paradas (bus stops),
which are marked with kilometer posts. Buses
also connect to the commercial area along
Avenida Tulum in Cancun City. You can take
the bus anywhere along Kukulkan for less than
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9 am
to 3 pm, some until 5 pm. A few open on Saturdays
from 10 am to 1:30 pm, and there are banks
and ATMs in the Riviera Maya.
Duty free shops can be found at the forum
by the Sea Plaza, La Isla Plaza, Cancun International
Airport and Puerta Maya.
If you want bargains, head to the mainland
to Cancun City's outdoor markets lining the
east side of Avenida Tulum-but note that while
prices may be lower there, the quality can
be, too. Market vendors may not accept credit
cards; even if they do, you can often get
a better price if you offer cash instead of
credit cards. Almost all stores take U.S.
dollars as well as pesos-often you'll find
prices marked in both currencies-or even just
U.S. dollars! Bargaining is expected in the
markets in Cancun City, but plan to pay the
marked price in shops in the Hotel Zone. Almost
all the shops in the Hotel Zone take major
credit cards. Shopping is a popular pastime
in the Hotel Zone, but don't expect many bargains
in the shopping malls. In fact, you can expect
prices to be higher than in other parts of
Mexico. The shopping malls contain everything
from souvenir shops to internationally known
boutiques-resort wear and handicrafts are
among the best buys. Handicrafts include handwoven
fabrics, blown glass and jewelry. The largest
shopping malls are Plaza Caracol, Plaza Kukulkan
(midway along Paseo Kukulkan) and Plaza Flamingo.
During the day Cancun is pretty laid back.
That changes at night when both the Hotel
Zone and downtown start rocking with music.
Its all here: salsa, meringue, flamenco,
reggae, jazz, classical, disco, rock and roll,
hip-hop and techno. Many restaurants do double
duty as party centers with all you can
drink specials and waiters who dont
hesitate to get up on stage and dance in between
serving drinks. Cancun Discos and dance bars
usually have taped music accompanied to high
tech laser light shows with the occasional
live band thrown in for good measure. The
Cancun nightclubs, especially the Latin Clubs,
all have live music and import some of the
hottest bands from Latin America. Barhopping
during happy hour (4 PM 7 PM) is a
great way to check out the different hotels
and evening cruises have a high-energy, party
atmosphere. For a taste of how the locals
like to party head to one of the Salsa clubs
or check out the clubs in the downtown area.
There is usually a free evening concert in
the downtown Parque de las Palapas and close
by are some excellent jazz clubs featuring
local musicians. Just choose your spot and
you can dance until the wee hours of the morning.
110 volts, same as in the U.S.
Most hotels and restaurants use purified water,
but you should be safe and drink bottled water
whenever possible - don't let yourself get
dehydrated because you're afraid to drink
Dress in Cancun is very casual with the accent
on comfort. Remember to pack comfortable walking
shoes. The activities at the hotels and the
area dictate sporting clothes. In the evenings,
you may want to dress up, but not too much.
Rubber soled shoes are recommended for tours
to archeological sites. Boots, long sleeve
light cotton shirts and long trousers are
best for those interested in jungle treks.
A light jacket, shawl or sweater is advisable
for the evenings of November, December and
Tips in Mexico are generally 15%, tipping
cab drivers is not expected, and tipping the
maid in the hotel a couple of dollars a day
(per room) is greatly appreciated.
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