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Carey Dive Center

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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About Carey Dive Center
Carey Dive Center PADI Dive Resort #23814 is one of the most well-established and experienced dive shops on the island. We specialize in PADI diving courses, families, groups and private trips. We not only offer diving, but also snorkeling, fishing, whale shark tours and cenote excursions. Gilberto Pat Hoil is the PADI scuba dive instructor and owner at Carey Dive Center. He has been awarded by PADI for 20 years of outstanding service. He is one of the most experienced scuba dive instructors in Isla Mujeres.
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Jessica F wrote a review Sep 4
Ocala, Florida8 contributions
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This was an office trip getaway and we have a mixed group of divers and snorkelers. On day one we visited MUSA and Manchones reef, both groups enjoyed their time there. The crew was very attentive. On the second day a smaller group went to the Whale Shark encounter. The crew worked very hard to find them (it’s the end of the season) and that insistence payed of. Not only did we find Whale Sharks but as a bonus we witnessed numerous mantas. Gilberto thanks for all your help. Shout out to Capitan Sinai and the amazing Diego. We will return for sure ❤️
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Dorian Banks wrote a review Aug 2021
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The Dive briefing was very through and helped prepare me for the dive. The staff was very helpful and friendly which made me feel very more relaxed and taken care of. Both dives was pleasant and I would definitely dive again.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Dea H wrote a review Aug 2021
Tampa, Florida16 contributions1 helpful vote
Most awesome experience with Carey Dive Shop and especially our guide Fred and Captain Coucou (sp?)! Apart from getting us to the location of lots of whale sharks, they were very conscientious of the well being of these majestic creatures while still providing an up close and personal experience. Our guide Fred was awesome at finding and leading us right to them. The experience didn't end with whale shark encounters. Our boat anchored at north beach along with lots of other whale shark tours and we waded around in the shallow clear blue water with ice cold beverages, while Fred made fresh ceviche for us. It tasted so delicious and refreshing. I just had the best time. The families on the boat with us had a wonderful time with their kids too!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Candace R wrote a review Jul 2021
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We booked scuba diving and whale sharks. We did MUSA and a nearby reef and did advanced dives to a deep wreck and deep reef. Gilberto took care of us. He set us up to do the best dives for what he thought we would like. Our dive groups were very small, 3-6 total people each day. Rudalpho was a great divemaster leading our dives. We saw a couple green sea turtles. Our first day of whale sharks was not so good (can't control the weather!) so Gilberto recommended we change one of our dive days to another whale shark day. Based on his recommendation of what he thought would be a great day, we went and it was amazing! There were so many whale sharks and a couple were just sitting there not moving making it easy to observe them. As a PADI professional, I would highly recommend this group for diving and whale sharks.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Olivier V wrote a review Jul 2021
San Francisco, California18 contributions9 helpful votes
Gilberto runs a good dive shop and has a very personal approach. It was my second time diving with Carey (once in 2011 and now recently). I just sent an email and got instant responses. Great start of the dives! My girlfriend had PADI OW but was still a bit unsure about her skills and Gilberto offered her to come in a bit earlier in the morning and rewatch some of the videos and took her into the water for a quick refresh as well. This was perfect because there really was no point in a whole refresher dive etc. There was another couple where the partner was quite fresh and Gilberto and Tomas really accommodated this very well during the dive. They buddied me up with experienced diver of the other couple and then the instructor could guide the two less experienced divers down the rope on the first dive. This way they could make sure they could equalise well, control their descent and be close to an instructor. Once down and everything checked out, we re-shuffled to our own buddies and had a nice dive. Also, when Carey Dive Center found out we stayed in a hotel with a dock, they sent out the boat to pick us up the next morning rather than having to take the taxi around the lagoon. Great personal touch. I dove in many places (500+ dives) and found the staff here to take the notion of being an instructor/dive master very serious compared to most generic dive shops. From explanations above water to underwater guidance. Very comforting. We did 4 dives this time and everything was top notch for a leisurely vacation. We hope to be back some other time.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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