This small operation boasts over 35 years of teaching safe diving and exploring the reefs of Cozumel. It prides itself on ... More
This small operation boasts over 35 years of teaching safe diving and exploring the reefs of Cozumel. It prides itself on giving individual attention; eight divers are the maximum permitted on any dive. Their downtown center alongside the Vista del Mar Hotel is an accredited 5-star PADI facility. A two-tank morning dive, with up to depths of 80-feet, usually leaves at 8:30am. They also have a facility in the luxurious Plaza Las Glorias where both snorkeling and diving equipment is rented. Reservations are required.
Aqua Safari is a class act in diving. Their instructors are simply the best and go all the way to look out for your safety. They don't miss a thing and as well as making sure your safe, they make sure your dive is enjoyable.
Aqua Safari is the best dive shop I have ever worked with. Their rates are fabulous only $60 U.S. for a morning two tank dive, and only $ 9 US for a third tank in the afternoon. The crew is excellent. They emphasize safety, use a wide variety of dive sites , and never rush you. I have had dives as long as 80 minutes and most dives are about 60 minutes. The shop owner is almost always on site and is very involved ensuring safety and comfort for divers of all skill and experience levels. The shop provides excellent gear rinsing and storage at no charge. All of their boats (they have 5) are comfortable, have toilets and are never overcrowded. I wholeheartedly recommend Aqua Safari for all your diving adventures.
No matter which boat you're on, Aqua Safari works hard to make sure you have a great experience. Recently, they've put much effort into delivering better diving for experienced customers who use computers. Bottom times are lo-o-ng -- even on the big boats. Just got back from two weeks with only one dive under an hour. As long as we follow the plan, monitor air and time remaining and don't totally lose the group, the DM's are quite willing to let us relax, spread out, dive our own dives and really see more of underwater Cozumel. They'll hang at 15 feet until we're done and the boat will wait. A great way to go!
Free Wireless as of Oct2007. The boat is the classroom on the way to the dive site. The most comfortable boats, great divemasters, instructors, crews. Bill Horn, the owner, is most personable and always on hand to see that divers are having a great experience while looking to their safety and convenience. $60 two tank dives, $9 third tank, $40 night dives Tuesday and Saturday.
Very nice and accomodating of individual needs and desires. They always go the extra mile to see that I am getting the dive experience that I want. While there in Sep2007, dolphins followed the boat, so after taking a vote, we stopped and snorkelled with the dolphins twice on the way to the dive site. The divemasters always find cool stuff to see (turtles, octopus, seahorse, lobster, crab, etc.) and grand places to go while always making you feel safe with them.
They offer instruction and PADI certifications in most specialties. They offer SCUBA resort courses (one day introduction to scuba), Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, Assistant Instructor certifications. They have very mature and professional instructors. Now a second location in Cozumel Palace Hotel.
I have been to Cozumel three times. I have completed 6 of my 15 PADI certifications with Aqua Safari. Nov2007, I took the divemaster certification course from them and was pleased at the quality and amount of instructing assistance experience (internship) that was afforded to me. Instead of sitting in a classroom and talking about how to deal with students, my instructor, Pedro Capetillo, took me with him as he taught students at all levels and taught me how to interact with them in a positive and helpful manner, allowing me opportunities to practice and critiquing my performance along the way. This is the kind of experience that cannot be conveyed by lectures and bookwork alone. I highly recommend Aqua Safari's certification courses and instructors.
Go here if you need SCUBA certification. My wife is one of those who panics when she gets water in her mouth or eyes. She thought for our 30th anniversary she would learn to SCUBA dive. I had my reservations but in no time Roberto had her confident and she finished on time to dive with the rest of us on our anniversary date, Roberto even took complementary underwater photos of us! You can't beat that!
Since this was my first true, certified diving trip....the crew was the best! Much better than what I've noticed in the US...sorry US!! Paulo, Jose, and their crew were fun, patient, knowledgable, and great guides.... When I return to Cozumel I'll DEFINITELY stay at the hotel (#1 room) and dive with them again!
Thanks for a great time!
This dive shop is for real. Divers for divers. The divemasters are not the typical youngster out diving to catch bikinis, they are there to dive and help you have the best of dive vacations. They certainly are realiable and know what they are doing as they are the oldest dive shop in Mexico; now in service for 41 years. In my opinion, for my money and safety, their 60 dollar 2 tank trip is the ultimate bargain. Their Safari Inn hotel above the shop is only 40 dollars a night and it's perfectly clean and most convenient as I like to experience Cozumel and the people and it is right in town on the waterfront. Cheers.
Well i have dove with aqua safari on 3 sepearate occations in 2010 the last being Oct 2010. Now there is alot of good things to say about AQ. They are a very safe outfit with some good DM's and the 3rd tank for 15 bucks is a great deal. But there boats were like cattle cars with way to many people on the boat, which takes away from the expericnce. They would not go to the reefs we wanted to dive, it seems we went to the same dive sites over and over. Overall I think there are better dive outfits with more personalized service for the same price. Now there are also worse dive outfits aswell. Overall Aqua safari is middle of the road . I could name better outfits that I like but it comes down to personal pref.
We just got back from Cozumel May 21'st. My son became Padi certified, and I got some great diving. I chose the Aqua Safari in because (1) I was tired of staying in fancy hotels with lots of amenities I never used (2) tired of paying tips for nothing--I tip, but for good service only.(3) I like the location of the Aqua Safari, right across the street from the boat dock. (4) great price, package deals for the two of us.
I was totally pleased at the cleanliness of the place. The hotel room is basic--no t.v. (great for getting my son out of the room!), no clocks,etc; The beds were very comfortable; the air conditioning worked consistently well. When 2 light bulbs went out they were repaired within 10 minutes. I got sick one day, and they graciously sent someone to check on me.
The only negative on the hotel is it is on the main drag so to go anywhere on the waterfront street you are inundated with sellers; however everyone was polite and not too pushy. We found if we went one street up we avoided most busking.
As for the diving, The dive shop is 100% professional and safety concerned. While we were there we met a couple from another dive group where i believe 3 people had been bent in one day!. There was no chance of that with the Aqua Safari divemasters. Every safety step was followed, from outfitting in the shop to the boat stops for swimming only when we were too close to the next dive site timewise to dive again. Everyone was friendly but insistent on safety.
My son had never been exposed to diving, and wasn't sure he wanted to learn. Also he's 21 and has a little testosterone poisioning about being told what to do. However he came back from the first class, for which he was the only student, absolutely raving about Gabriel the instructor. Sean (my son) got to see a lot of neat creatures the very first day and that sold him. He said Gabriel was the best teacher he'd ever met
When we go back we will definitely stay at Aqua Safari and dive with them. .
Aqua Safari took such good care of us - the dive masters, the crew, the people in the shop and in the hotel - were all incredible. We felt completely safe and well cared for at all times. I can't say enough good about this place!
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