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“Gilberto and gang rocks!!!”
Review of Carey Dive Center

Carey Dive Center
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed August 15, 2013

We were refered to Carey Dive Center by our diving friends who used their services with great satisfaction couple years ago. I have recently converted to side mount diving setup and was a bit sceptical about how accommodating local shops on the island might be. I was really pleasantly surprised. It might sound cliche, but our wishes became their command! Gilberto upgraded four of his tanks with new valves just to accommodate my rig. His crew was very helpful on the boat, as getting on and off with two tanks might be challenging, especially on rocking seas.

My wife is not a diver, not even very good snorkler, and accompanied us on couple trips. Ramon, a boat captain for the trip, took her into the water and pretty much held her hand while she could try snorkeling. These guys work hard to make sure everybody involved has fun. Thanks again Gilberto, Ramon, Alberto, Rudolfo and last, but not least Antonio for all your help to make our trip very enjoyable.

Anyway, I highly recommend this shops for all your diving needs.

Thank robulko
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KittyMoPink, Public Relations Manager at Carey Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2013

Thanks for taking the time to give us some great feedback! Really glad you had a good time with Carey Dive Center!

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

My wife and I wanted to become PADI certified since long time ago. We picked Cancun as travel destination for our recent anniversary vacation just to visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (Chichen-Itza). We weren't planning to experience scuba diving for this trip; but we then changed our minds and flipped our trip plans at last minute. 2-3 days prior our departure to Cancun, we did some research and found out about Carey Dive Center through trip advisor and decided to contact them.
Gilberto immediately responded to our queries with detailed info. He didn't hesitate to accommodate his schedule so we could complete the full open water certification without conflicting with our trip itinerary. Gilberto is very knowledgeable, highly competent and very considerate; he emphasizes strongly on safety making us feel very comfortable and safe all the time during our confined and open water dives.
If you are looking for safe and fun diving experience or PADI open water certification school, I highly recommend you go to Isla Mujeres and visit Gilberto and his great staff (Antonio, Ramon and the boat capt whose name I don't remember). They will ensure you have an unforgettable, wonderful experience. We are planning to go back soon for another diving adventure with Gilberto!

Thank Victor-Adventure
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KittyMoPink, Public Relations Manager at Carey Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2013

We are really pleased you had a good time diving with Carey Dive Center. We try to make sure all our divers have a great time while in Isla Mujeres. We look forward to welcoming you back again one day soon!

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

My husband, two kids and I went on a whale shark tour with Carey dive center and had a great time. My husband did a lot of research contacting several dive center's on Isla Mujeres and Gilberto, the owner, was prompt in his responses and really knowledgeable so we decided to go with Carey! We rented a private tour for the four of us and we were so glad we did! On the first day, we went out to where the whale sharks were with Captain Alberto and First Mate Rodolpho. Because of the government regulations regarding the whale sharks, we found them to be extremely respectful of the whale sharks, while giving us the best experience in the water and most amount of time with them. Rodolpho was excellent as a guide, positioning us in the water to be able to get great pictures and get the full experience! In addition to seeing 20-30 whale sharks we also saw even more manta rays! Because we had a private boat, we were able to maximize our water time and were able to stay as long as we wanted. After, they took us to a beautiful place for snorkeling and made fresh ceviche on the boat, which we ate after snorkeling - delicious!! The next day, my husband and kids went out with Gilberto (the owner) so the kids could finish their open water scuba certification. My husband, who is certified, said Gilberto gave the kids all his attention and went through all the steps with them slowly so they could finish their certifications! Then, they went on a second dive through a beautiful reef with tunnels and lots of coral (I saw pictures)! Highly recommend Carey Dive Center when you are Isla Mujeres!!!

Thank Julie L
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KittyMoPink, Public Relations Manager at Carey Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2013

Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are delighted you had such a good time with Carey Dive Center and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Isla Mujeres!

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Diving with Carey Dive on Isla Mulheres was just wonderful this week! Ask for Gilberto, he's is a great dive master, attentive, fun and very competent. We also went snorkeling with whale sharks and I did my first night dive! A memorable trip for sure!

Thank ChristineRua
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KittyMoPink, Public Relations Manager at Carey Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2013

Thank you! We are really happy and pleased you had such a good time with Carey Dive Center. See you again soon!

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We went on the Whale Shark tour with them. They gave us a discount - generous, compared to other shops. Their boat captain was very capable and, more impressively, very respectful of the rules of the whale sharks. You're only allowed to put 2 snorkelers in the water plus the guide at a time. We watched as other boats put 3 and 4 snorkelers at a time in the water, and steer right up to (seemingly on top of) the whales. Our captain kept a respectful distance, but got us where we needed to be to see the sharks as close as we needed to.

Very nice staff, they fed us and provided drinks.

The next day my husband and son went diving with them. Dive master was great. The equipment wasn't in amazing condition (hence not an excellent rating) but it was fine.

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KittyMoPink, Public Relations Manager at Carey Dive Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

Many thanks for your positive review of Carey Dive Center!

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