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“Boat trips, birds and Belize”
Review of XTC Dive Center

XTC Dive Center
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Xcalak
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: XTC Dive Center is located within the Xcalak Reef National Marine Park, a strictly protected region of the Meso-american Barrier Reef system. The area boasts some of the most breathtaking dive sites on the Yucatan peninsula and offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy the pristine marine environment without the crowds present in the more developed areas of the coast. XTC Dive Center is internationally known for our world-class customer service, top notch equipment and expert guides. We provide a seamless customer experience through careful planning, logistics and proprietary local knowledge. All of our standard trips and courses provide great value!
Reviewed January 30, 2012

We took two trips with XTC, one to bird island, which was a bit disappointing (not many birds) but we did see Manatees (or at least their snouts) and did a bit of snorkelling. The second trip was to Belize, where we had a fantastic time snorkelling with rays and nurse sharks. It takes a while to get there and there is a ridiculous amount of paperwork and waiting around at customs in Belize, but the actual snorkelling bit was pretty fantastic. Pleasant staff at XTC, young, enthusiatic and knowledgable.

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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Regarding my TEC course at XTC. Through all the training that I have done, I don't think I have been part of a better course than the one I experienced with Team XTC. I came in with a tight time frame, and my expectations were far exceeded. First of all, everything was done in a professional manner, and in a beautiful environment that can't be matched. The course itself, from knowledge reviews to training dives, is an intense undertaking. But Ollie and Javier made it happen in a way that was both relaxing and uber-enjoyable. Ollie had the course flowing like sweet wine and he nailed the logistics down like a seasoned veteran. Without him, I don't think the course would have come off in such superb fashion. Javier dropped some serious knowledge on me, and I'm a better diver for it, both recreationally and technically. He is master in his own right, and I consider myself lucky to have studied under him. Also, the gear was top of the line, and no corners were cut. Ever. The rest of the staff, facilities, and the ambiance of XTC only added to the already dynamite experience. I'll be back for my Trimix training, rebreather training, and when they invent some sort of alien underwater liquid breathing apparatus, I will come back for that training too. Oh, and the tee shirt, expensive as it was, is pretty cool.

Thank Stung55
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

Diving at XTC was amazing! They have really nice dice sites, lots and lots of things to see and discover.
I did some fun dives, and took the National Geographic Specialty course, wish was not only very interesting, but also tons of fun to do. Dive instructors are super friendly and make you feel comfortable and relaxed. You know you're in good, safe hands.

Apart from diving, also the on land experience at XTC was superb. They helped me find the right accomodation for me, hooked me up with transportation to and from Xcalak, showed me around, invited me for lunch and took me out on their weekly dinnernight and even a special thanksgiving dinner.

I loved being there, felt really good and enjoyed myself a lot. Absolutely the best diving experience I've had so far!

Thank Siskoen
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

Loved the folks at XTC! I booked a trip to San Pedro Belize to Snorkel, booked a fishing trip and Signed up for a refresher dive. CJ is an awesome instructor. Hated the dock but everything else is terrific

Thank BarbBaldwin
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

I wanted a dive location in Mexico that was close to Belize and off the beaten track.

After much research I found the little town of Xcalak seemed to be just what I was looking for.

As I am quite a nervous diver, I started emailing the 2 dive centres there using my usual strategy...I bombard them with loads of questions and see if/how they respond! I figure if a dive centre is patient enough to answer all my pedantic questions they will be patient on my dives with them.

XTC came out as the most professional by far. I have to say that not only did Jules, the course director, answer all my questions both professionally and in detail. She answered them immediately.

The dive centre has its own hotel next door called the Flying Cloud. When we arrived we were shown into a room that led onto the beach. The view is gorgeous. It was perfectly relaxing, sweet and personal.

As was the service from all the staff. They not only arranged our dives but spent a lot of time with us, invited us to things, showed us around and really made an effort to make us feel like part of the family. The 2nd night we were there we all had a barbeque together which was wonderful.

The diving is very well planned (although after all my many questions I only ended up doing the one - which was fab) as I was exhausted and just wanted to chill out with my friend who wasn't diving. However, the other guests who went all said that they enjoyed their dives.

Xcalak itself is a beautiful, quiet, quirky, sleepy fishing village with pastel painted wooden shacks, nothing to do but relax on the beach, drink beer and eat fish. It is NOT a resort / party / shopping town but if that's what you are looking for then there is Playa Del Carmen and Cancun. I adored it.

Unless you are driving, Xcalak does take planning to get to as travel services aren't frequent. The hotel is rustic (which we just loved), they just had their electricity hooked up while we were there (we had generators and torches for the night). A vegetable truck comes a couple of times a week and there are no cash points or large supermarkets so you do have to plan everything including money in advance/stock up on luxuries before getting there.

But "downsides" like the planning just make the place feel even more special when you finally get there. We went all over Mexico and Xcalak and the team at XTC was one of my personal highlights. I'm sure I'll be back for more at some stage.



Thank Mamafeelgood
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