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Review of Akumal Dive Shop

Akumal Dive Shop
Ranked #1 of 25 Tours in Akumal
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Original Akumal Dive Shop is a 5 Star PADI IDC center. The first dive shop on Mexico's Caribbean mainland. With over 30 years experience we offer the best from accommodation, tours, snorkeling and recreational diving to advanced levels of instructor training in Akumal Riviera Maya Mexico.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Lakewood, Colorado
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3 reviews
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“Take care of everyone!”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

We contacted the dive shop about a month before our trip and they were quick to always respond back via email. when we arrived, they were so friendly and accommodating. I was the only diver in Akumal at the time and they still took me out on dives and they never felt like it was an imposition. did a deep dive and saw incredible coral. Also did 2 shallow dives and saw a huge sea turtle and many other fish/coral etc. they also took me on a cenote dive to the Bat cave and Barbie line. Had a wonderful time and they welcomed my wife when she had questions or just wanted to visit, even though we was not diving. I have dove many years all over the Caribbean and this has been the best shop ever.
I thought prices were very good and the more you dove, the less you paid for each dive. I liked that since originally planned 6 single tank dives, but because of wind and rain on our trip, they only charged for the 3 with no extra cost.

Visited September 2013
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akumalCom, Public Relations Manager at Akumal Dive Shop, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Hola MarkNick2013!
Weather is not always on our side but we try hard to do as much as we can in order to satisfy the wishes of our guests especially if you came to Akumal with diving in mind! So, we were very glad that we managed to take you out diving every time we could! Thank you very much and hope to see you back soon!
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“An underwater wonderland right off the beach”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Not even a 5-minute swim right from Akumal beach we saw close to a dozen sea turtles, angel fish, a barracuda, a family of squid, a puffer fish and lots of yellow, blue and purple fish. It was an amazing experience from start to finish. The guides are knowledgeable, patient, and friendly and everyone who works in the shop is professional. If you're interested in diving or snorkeling, this is the place!

Visited August 2013
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akumalCom, Public Relations Manager at Akumal Dive Shop, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Hola Diana D!
We are so glad you liked the snorkeling in Akumal Bay and that you got amazed by its beauty! Thank you for allowing us to show you this incredible place!
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toronto
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“Bucket list success: Swam with Sea Turtles at Akumal”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

We attempted to visit Akumal beach 3 times on visit from August 30th to September 6th. Weather was an issue but thankfully the beach had a yellow flag which allowed us to book a guided tour. We were going to initially just try snorkeling on our own but decided to go with a guided tour. We had the BEST tour guide Miguel. He has a wonderful positive attitude and his laugh fills up a room. He tooks us out for an hour tour and took us to places where we would never have ventured out on our own. We saw so many sea turtles. It was quite moving. I recommend this Dive Shop wholeheartedly and look forward to returning! Also, Francesca from the front desk was very nice and professional and had a ton of patience. We will be back! <3

Visited September 2013
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akumalCom, Public Relations Manager at Akumal Dive Shop, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Hola TorontoValero!
haha "Mula's" (Miguel) laugh can really fill up a room! We are so glad you made it after many attempts to come to Akumal, it would have been a pity if you would have left without admiring its beauty! And so good you went with Mula! We really hope you come back so that you keep discovering the beauty of the place with us! Thank you!
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Knoxville, TN
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“VIP at ADS!”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Felt like a VIP- VERY IMPORTANT PERSON the moment I starting dealing with the Akumal Dive Shop back in April. Helmie made our reservations at the Akumal Beach resort, set up the airport transfers and scheduled diving for the week - all we needed to do was show up! When we finally arrived 6 months later we could hardly wait to get to the dive shop, meet Helmie and start our adventure.

The shop was full of activity from personnel to tourists wanting to snorkel or scuba dive. In each and every case there was plenty of help at the shop to keep the masses moving and clear the place out in short order. Our dive master CONDOR was awesome! He has been there 20+ years and knows the area and reefs like the back of his hand. He was patient, attentive, watchful, and a great guide. My ears would not clear on one particular dive and I was ready to surface, but he swam to me, looked me in the eye, and gave me some tips on how to clear. I was ready to give up but he swam along side me until the issue cleared and I was able to salvage my dive. It was this type of attention that I appreciate under water :)

We plan on going back in May of 2014 to dive with Condor again and cannot wait to see Franchesca, Helmie, Victor and all the other wonderful employees at the ADS!

Visited September 2013
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akumalCom, Public Relations Manager at Akumal Dive Shop, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Hola cleo0305!
We are so happy to know that we did our job well and even before you arrived in Akumal you were already wanting to meet us. And we are very happy you enjoyed your stay and that even if you had that small mishap with you ears,at the end you were able to dive all the time!
Thank you very much for coming and we cant wait to see you back again!
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Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
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“Scuba with turtles in Akumal”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

The Akumal Dive Shop is on Akumal Beach where all the sea turtles are. You will find a lot of snorkel tours out of this shop, but we came for the scuba diving. There are many beautiful reefs right off shore, we really like Motorcycle reef and Lobster Condo, which are both in about 40 feet of water. Our dive master was "Condor" who had been with the Dive shop for 23 years and very experienced, great with kids.

The doctor fish where schooling and we literally swam through several hundred of them. We also came across a school of about 20 tarpon. Many sea turtles where nestled in the coral, with parrot fish and plenty of small blue fish as well as angle fish, grouper and barracuda.

We did a night dive which was FANTASTIC! We seen a large lion fish and watched as large Jack fish used the lights from our flashlight to hunt red squirrel fish. We also came across two green spotted eels tangled together in the coral (they didn't have a do not disturb sign up).

The staff where extremely helpful and the equipment was in good shape. There where more snorkelers than divers so we never had a crowded dive boat, but the locker room did fill up. The night dive had just three of us and was nice.

I would recommend this trip to anyone, and noted that other resort dive boats where packed with divers, if you want less crowds and more personal attention, this is the place. They are great with kids.

Visited August 2013
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akumalCom, Public Relations Manager at Akumal Dive Shop, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Hola Funtime455!
We are so glad you liked the shop, our services and diving in Akumal with Condor! As we can see you saw many interesting creatures and what a scene must have been to see those two eels haha!
Thank you very much for diving with us and for recommending us! we hope you come back and keep discovering Akumal!
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