I was in Playa Del Carmen the first part of May and booked this excursion since I had always wanted to try spearfishing. I emailed Javier several times and he always responded. Originally booked on a Tuesday, he pushed it back a few days due to weather. They are located at Puerto Adventuras about 15 minutes from Playa. I took a cab there and Javier met me on time at the gate. He took us to the boat, loaded up an off we went. There were only 6 of us total and 3 were the captain and crew. We were given a brief freediving lesson and then got in the water to try it out. I had no experience so I didn't start out with a gun. We were encouraged to practice freediving for a few minutes and were eventually given a gun and told to give it a try. I didn't shoot anything but really just enjoyed watching the captain and crew members shoot fish. We were in the water for a good part of the trip. Afterwards they cleaned the fish and we ate what was caught at a nearby restaurant. I definitely enjoyed the experience and hope to try it again.
Tip: It is harder than it looks but it was fun trying. You should be comfortable in the water and able to dive down a little. If you can comfortably swim to the bottom of the deep end of a swimming pool (12 ft/ 4 meters) you should be fine. The first part of the trip we were diving 20 to 30 ft.
Tip: They have all the gear but it's more enjoyable if you bring your own (mask/snorkel).
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