I had booked my dives with Akumal Dive Shop (ADS) in August 2013 and I/we (my wife and me) were spending the Christmas/New Years holidays in Akumal. I had not been diving for several years and a refresher course was in order. On the morning of 23 December Jesus was the dive instructor/master. We spent about 2 hours in the classroom with five (5) others who were also taking the refresher course. The classroom instruction with Jesus was excellent. His instruction methodology and classroom manner were superior. After the refresher it was off to the ocean in front of ADS to review the elementary dive skills. Again, Jesus was over seeing the group and monitored each participant. A very patient and effective instructor. After this everything had come back and I was set for the open ocean again. With boat captain Marcos at the helm, Jesus as dive master we went out about 1-2 kms to Las Redes (The Net) dive site. With Jesus leading the group we explored the reef formations and saw an abundance of sea life at 30-35 feet deep. Next day with boat captain "grouper" Jose and dive master Moses we went to the Chino dive site. The dive was good and we went down to about 50 feet, albeit it was an up and down dive. The sea life that day were mostly hiding on us, however, rising and descending over the reef formations into the channels was fun. On the 26 December it was time for some cenote diving. With dive master Rally and two other divers, Rally took us to Dos Ojos cenote. This was an out of world experience. Cenote diving is in fresh water and Rally took us on an unforgettable experience. With Rally as our guide and lanterns in hand we followed the river channels underground and they I might add were pitch black save for the light from our lanterns as we were weaving between stalagmites and stalactites, rising and descending over the formations. While this is not a deep dive, at times were were near the surface and others about 20-25 feet down This was a two tank dive, so after about 50 minutes in the one channel, we changed tanks and Rally took us to another channel which led to the Bat Cave which was an ohh-ahh unbelievable experience. As you come up into the cave from the channel below you look up and overhead into the cavern. Your voices echo in the cave and as was explained this dive is similar to cave diving. Overall an out of this world experience. NOTE: You can rent your diving gear from ADS, albeit I had my equipment save for the tanks, octopus and regulator, and BFD. Also, this is a busy dive shop, and it may have been the time of year, but there were many divers suiting up in the shop and hovering in the main entrance, yet everything appeared to be somewhat orderly. You also get a locker to store your clothes in and/or other items while you are diving. The ladies on the front desk include Isela y Francesca who keep a file on all the divers so you can check you accumulated bill at any time. Very efficient and friendly ladies. They will also help you with your Spanish if you are so inclined. Total bill for the refresher course, four (4) dives with tanks was 3576 pesos which included admission to the Dos Ojos park. Well worth the experience. NOTE: The costs I quoted did not include la propina (tips) for the boat captains and dive masters which were approximately 200 pesos each.
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