What water temperatures should I expect?
A: Water temperatures range from the upper 70s in the winter to as high as 85 degrees in the summer.
What are the average dive depths?
A: There are a lot of sloping walls and second-step walls, allowing divers to choose their own profiles. While the wall goes down below 1,000 feet, some of the best reefs and fish life are in 50 feet of water or less. Deep dives are usually between 80 and 100 feet, but these depths are not necessary as there's lots to see above 70 feet.
What is the typical daily dive schedule?
A: We try to vary the diving. Most days we explore the reefs to the north and south of Maya Palms with over 50 dives sites within 10-20 minute boat ride.. The sites and schedule depend on weather conditions, the size of the group, and divers' requests.
What is the local diving like?
A: The worlds second largest Barrier Reef lies at our doorstep just 400 yards off shore! We take divers to the inshore reefs both north and south of the resort, which has a unique spur and groove coral formation with deep canyon grooves. Water depth inside the shallow reef is 6-30 feet (meter), with depths on the outer barrier reef ranging from 30 to over 200 feet. Visibility varies with weather conditions but is generally between 60 to 100+ feet. The shallow reef is fantastic for snorkeling, and kayaks are available for doing shore diving. You can even obtain a Kayak dive specialty in one day.
Is rental gear available?
A: Yes, we have Mares and Sherwood BCs, regulators, dive computers, and wetsuits for rent $10per day per item, as well as masks, snorkels, and fins $10 per set.
Is night diving available?
A: We schedule night dives on our inshore reef once or twice a week. $65 per diver.
How hot will it be?
A: The climate in the southern Yucatan is definitely warm, with winter temperatures generally in the 80s and summer temperatures in the 90s, however, there's almost always a sea breeze that makes it comfortable along our coast. And, our villas are air-conditioned , so you can get out of the heat.
Are bugs a problem?
A: There are few bugs. We have a fairly steady sea breeze along our coast, which tends to keep the bugs down, and they're really no problem when the breeze dies down. While this doesn't happen often, you'll want to bring repellent for the times when it does.
What about rain?
A: The wet season runs from May through October. Short daytime showers are typical during this period, but generally they don't hamper diving. The dry season runs from November through April, hurricane season from August through November. The average incidence of hurricanes in this part of the Yucatan is once every ten years.
When are the sea conditions optimal?
A: Diving the Barrier Reef is year-round much as it is in Cozumel. During the winter occasional northerners blow in. which can affect the diving for a few days. Summer months generally have light winds and provide optimal sea conditions. March and April are our windiest months, but we still dive whenever the port is open.. Water temperatures over the course of the year range from the upper 70s in the winter to as high as 85 degrees in the summer.
What is refund policy on missed dives?
A: At Maya Palms our goal is to maximize your diving experience. Dive days are scheduled consecutively from the first day you arrive. For example, if you are here for 7 nights and have 4 dive days, your dives are scheduled the first four full days you are here. Why? If Port closes due to sea conditions early in the week not allowing diving, we have the opportunity to make up (re-schedule) your missed dives later in the week. If it is impossible (due to Port closure) for us to make up (re-schedule) your missed dive days, we arrange a refund of $60 (2tanks),$20 (1tank) per dive day. However, if you choose not to dive on a re-scheduled dive day, Maya Palms is not responsible for those missed dives. Note: If Port is open, that constitutes a dive day. We recommend Dan Trip Insurance to cover this.
Dives are scheduled at prescribed times if you are not at the dive shop in plenty of time to be prepared to board the dive boat for the scheduled departure. You forfeit the dive and there are no refunds for missed dives due to tardiness.