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Aquaworld Marina
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
jennye@aquaworld.com.mx
http://www.aquaworld.com.mx




Aquatech/VillasDeRosa

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.
Dive@cenotes.com
http://www.cenotes.com




Costa De Cocos

Mailing Address:
A.P.D.O. 44
Chetumal Q. Roo
Mexico 77000
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
cdcdavidrandall@aol.com
http://www.costadecocos.com




Diversity Diving
Calle 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 friend"
info@diversitydiving.com
http://www.diversitydiving.com




Wet Set de Mexico
APDO 1935
CP 77501
Cancun, Q. Roo
Mexico
Tel.: 2816686111
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.
paul@wetset.com
http://www.wetset.com




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 & sales.
» Number of Dive Boats: 2
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: 8
» 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, stages
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: Reef, cavern and cave
» Total Dive Sites: 50+
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 5 minutes
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 50 minutes
» Certification Agencies: PADI; NACD IANTD
» Courses Offered: All levels of open wáter training, technical diving courses, nitrox, cave and cavern, scooter, sidemount
info@xibalbadivecenter.com
http://www.xibalbahotel.com/diving.asp


About Cancun

Just 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 m

Getting There

Cancun’s international airport is the country’s second busiest airport after Mexico City. There are direct flights to practically all the world’s major cities and connections to other cities in Southeast Mexico and Central America.

Cancun occupies a strategic geographical position on the continent and, being the premier Caribbean tourism destination, Cancun’s 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 include: Aero Mexico, Interjet, Volaris; from the USA: Southwest, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Jetblue, and from Europe: AirBerlin, Air France, British Airways, Air Europa and Aeroflot.


Entry Requirements

Note: 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 180 days;
(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 Embassy.

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 delivery.
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.

Visitor Information

Getting Around
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 in.
- 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 lights on.
- 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 chickens.
- 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 law.

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 US$1

Banks
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.

Shopping
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.

Nightlife
During the day Cancun is pretty laid back. That changes at night when both the Hotel Zone and downtown start rocking with music. It’s 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 don’t 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.

Electricity
110 volts, same as in the U.S.

Water
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 the water.

Dress
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 January.

Tipping
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.

Time Zone
Equal to U.S. Central Time


 
 


 

 


 










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