We are here to answer your questions! This is a list of the most commonly asked questions. If you have a specific question or something to discuss, feel free to Contact Us!
How Do I get there?
Flying into Cancun is the most popular way to come to Mahahual. Once arriving in Cancun there are several options. Via bus or rental car, the 4 hour trip to Mahahual on the recently completed 307 highway is an excellent way to see Mexico. You go from the fast paced atmosphere of Cancun to the beautiful and authentic Mexican towns of Tulum and Limones. Don't worry about the roads, they are new and in great condition. You DO NOT need to rent an all terrain vehicle. Go with a comfy compact, midsize sedan, or even a nice sporty ragtop. About halfway through your drive, we highly recommend stopping in Tulum and enjoying an authentic Mexican meal or Mayan Ruins. It's a great way to experience Mexico and it breaks up the drive nicely. You will also travel through a huge natural biosphere of protected jungle. Keep an eye out for tucans, iguanas, monkeys and more. Follow the easy to understand road signs to Costa Maya/Mahahual and within about 4 hours you will be in divers paradise. If the drive is too much to add on to your day of travel, you can always stay overnight in Cancun or Playa Del Carmen at one of the many hotels and resorts, then begin your pleasant drive the next day.
What is the diving like?
The diving is on the magnificent Meso-American Barrier Reef System, the largest barrier reef system in the Northern Hemisphere. This reef runs is 900 kilometres long, stretching from Cozumel in the north to Honduras in the south. Parts of the reef are between 2 and 4 million years old.
The amazing section of the reef fringing the Costa Maya is typified by the finger formations, which create canyons and swim-throughs. There are two corridors of concentrated reef in Costa Maya. The first begins at the surface and is amazingly visible from the entire shoreline. This slopes down to around 15m/50ft at around a 45* angle, and then plateaus. There is then a break in the reef. A sandy platform then separates the two corridors of reef. The second corridor starts off at around 15m/50ft and stays level before a sloping wall begins. This wall slopes down at around a 45* angle, until the vertical drop off at around 50m/165ft, which then plummets to an estimated 2000m/6600ft.
Typically in this area, there is a very slight current to the north, which makes for easy diving. Most dive sites are suitable for beginners and/or experienced divers. Visibility averages 25m/80ft, and water temperature averages 27*C/78*F.
Common marine life found in the area includes turtles, lobsters, moray eels, king crabs, various stingrays, the occasional nurse shark, barracuda, as well as most varieties of tropical Caribbean reef fish such as damsels, butterfly fish, pork fish, parrotfish and wrasses. Night dives are particularly spectacular; as well as the odd octopus, honeycomb moray eels are very common, as are lobsters, shrimp and crabs.
There are so many types of hard and soft corals to be found in such vast numbers that you may wish to bring your identification charts down with you! Expect to see healthy plate coral around every corner, dotted in between cactus corals and ancient boulder corals.
Avid divers will be familiar with species of nudibranchs and mollusks such as the flamingo tongues and the purple crowned sea goddess. These species are frequently spotted here, feeding on the gorgonians and sponges, which create the backdrop of this gigantic aquarium. In the shallower waters, often during the last part of a dive, the tiny, yet flamboyant, sea hares are often found, continuously feeding on many hard corals.
The reef itself is very healthy as diving in the area has been infrequent up to now. Fortunately, as tourism in the Costa Maya grows, the local government has shown its concern with the health of the environment, including the reef, and therefore encourages safe and environmentally sound diving practices. They have also focused on ensuring positive fishing habits in the area are followed, restricting fishing on the reef with nets to decrease the chance of damage.
What kind of trips do you offer for cruise ship passengers?
We dive on the local reef which, amazingly, is visible from the entire shoreline of Mahahual. This is the Meso-American Barrier Reef system, the largest Barrier Reef system in the Northern Hemisphere, which runs from north to south, in finger formations - creating lots of canyons and swim throughs. We have a range of sites we choose from each day, depending on diver experience, desired depth, local conditions, etc. Because the reef is so close to the shore - no more than a 10 minute boat ride, we come back to the center for our surface intervals.
There are some non-divers in my group who may wish to go snorkeling. Can they come on the same boat?
No, we do not combine divers and snorkelers.
What is the beach like at your resort? Some of us are not divers and just want to sit on the beach.
The beach out front of our dive resort is beautiful, clean and free to use by non-diving members of the group. There is plenty of shade in the form of palm trees and we have a restroom and fresh water showers for use by everybody. There is an amazing restaurant/bar nearby which we recommend for snacks and drinks.
I am coming to Mahahual soon and would love to take a PADI Course while I am there. Is that possible with Dreamtime? can I do the knowledge portion back home before I leave?
We can certainly accommodate for you to take part in a PADI Course while you are here in Mahahual. We can help you set up PADI E-learning which allows you to complete the theory portion of the course at your own pace before your trip.
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Do you offer diving to the Chinchorro Banks?
Yes through a local Chinchorro boat operator. The Chinchorro Banks trip requires a minimum of 6 divers. Please contact us to add you to the list. When we reach 6 divers we schedule the trip. The trip is based on availiability and weather conditions.
What activities are there to do in Mahahual?
Mahahual has something for everyone. We will be happy to help plan your time in Mahahual. Here are some activities to consider: Dreamtime provides the diving and snorkeling only.
• Diving (Reef, Cenote, Chinchorro Banks)
• Touring the Mayan ruins
Mahahual has wonderful authentic Mexican, Italian, American, and European restaurants.
Please contact us if you have any questions when planning your trip.