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Our Dive Center in August 2003 Our Dive Centers

Our dive center is a PADI 5-Star Dive Resort, located on Santa Cruz Beach, in Bahias de Huatulco, on the Pacific South Coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. For the exact location: see below.



Safety, Personal Customer Service, Environmental Care, Professionalism, Quality and Fun are the keywords here at Hurricane Divers.

A little history: We opened Hurricane Divers in September 1999 in Junior Plaza in Chahué. It soon became obvious that there was indeed a market for a professional dive center in Huatulco, with a wide range of services for divers and snorkelers as well as equipment sales and repair. In the first year we became a PADI Resort Center and the first DAN Partner in Dive Safety in Mexico! At the end of 2001 we moved to the beach of Santa Cruz and became the only PADI Gold Palm Resort in the state of Oaxaca. In August 2002 we became one of only a handfull of PADI Gold Palm Instructor Development Centers in Mexico. In November 2007 we opened our second dive shop, a PADI Dive Resort, to better serve the people staying in Tangolunda. We have a PADI Course Director and an IDC-Staff Instructor permanently on staff and we teach all  levels of courses in English, Spanish, German and Dutch.

If you would like to see what PADI Gold Palm IDC Center stands for and what standards and requisites we need to comply with, go to Gold Palm Click here to go the page about PADI Dive Centers

Our divers seem to value our dedication to dive safety and the environment, our personalized service and our "made to measure" excursions and packages, because more and more people come back to dive with us again and/or continue their diver education with us. Don´t take my word for it, check our current Newsletter as well as the previous editions and have a look at the comments that our guests have left in our Guest Book Click here to go to our online Guest Book

For photos and videos of our dive center, go to Photos or Videos Click here to go to our Photo Gallery


Our Location in Santa CruzSanta Cruz Location

Our main dive center is located in the middle Santa Cruz Beach, between the open air theater and the chapel. In the photo we are in the circle and the chapel is next to it, on the right (you can click on the photo to enlarge it). We are only about 50 meters from the marina, where we have our dive boat.

For maps of our location, go to Maps Click here to go the maps


Yvonne & Jorge ready to get wet!Our Services

We offer a wide variety of services and products, review the list of examples below to get an idea. For information about the specific services or products go to the appropriate pages, using the buttons on the top of this page. If there is something you don´t find in this list please ask, we may be able to help!


  • Introductions into Scuba Diving

  • Introductions into Snorkeling

  • Guided Dive and Snorkel Tours

  • All Day Diving and Snorkeling Excursions

  • Skin Diving Courses

  • Scuba Diving Courses

  • Advanced, Rescue and Specialty Courses

  • Medic First Aid Courses

  • Oxygen Provider Courses

  • Environmental Programs

  • Equipment Specialty Courses

  • Professional Level Courses (Divemaster, Instructor)

  • Dive and Snorkel Packages

  • Packages with Accommodation

  • Packages with Rafting and other Activities

  • Compressed Air Sales (Tank Fills)

  • Educational Material Sales

  • New and Used Equipment Sales

  • Equipment Repair and Maintenance

  • Equipment Rental

  • U/W Camera Rental


Satelite Photo of Hurricane Pauline over HuatulcoOur Name

Where does the name "Hurricane Divers" come from? On the left you see a satellite photo of Hurricane "Pauline" approaching Huatulco on 07 October 1997, the day before it arrived here. Around that time we, my wife Pauline and I, were thinking of settling down in Huatulco and starting our own dive center and I was visiting Huatulco. This coincedence with the names is the main reason why we came up with our name "Hurricane Divers"

One strange thing happened on the day we officially opened, 30 September 1999. We took out our very first group of divers and during the break between dives we felt something strange, like the boat was "vibrating". Nothing happened so we did our second dive, but returning to the dive center people told us that a pretty strong earthquake hit the Huatulco area exactly at the time we felt the vibrating in the boat! Some divers suggested that we change our name to "Earthquake Divers", but we decided to stick to "Hurricane Divers".


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Part of the team: Roberto, Pauline, Brian and Natanael The Team

Our staff is an international team of highly trained and dedicated professionals, with a huge amount of combined experience working in the diving industry. We have a permanent  staff of four, complemented by several seasonal staff members during the high season. Apart from diver safety  and the protection of the environment, your satisfaction is the most important issue on our mind. We enjoy giving a personalized service, catering for your personal needs and requirements. Below is a brief introduction of our team.

To see more photos of our staff, go to our Photo Gallery Click here to go to our Photo Gallery


Roberto in his element, on the oceanRoberto

From Holland, began his professional diving career almost 20 years ago, in the Dominican Republic. He is a PADI Course Director, EFR Instructor Trainer and DAN Instructor Trainer and he is the owner (together with his wife, Pauline) and manager of Hurricane Divers since 1999. That job means he doesn't get to dive very often, he is mainly busy with the administration of the business, answering emails and keeping the website up to date.


Pauline at work in our dive shopPauline

From England, is an enthusiastic recreational diver who did her first course on the Maldives and is a PADI Rescue Diver and holds several Specialty Certifications. She has worked many years in the tourist industry for Thomson, a UK based Tour Operator, first as a Representative and later as a Wedding Coordinator and a Supervisor. She helps out with the administrative side of the business and she cooks our famous Picnic Lunch for our Al-Day Excursions! She is married to Roberto.


Our boat driver Javier (Photo by Zoe)Javier

From Oaxaca, Mexico, is our (very experienced) boat driver. He used to work as a boat driver for Charlie, when he had his dive operation in the Hotel Barcelo. He loves to be out on the ocean, and he also takes care of the regular maintenance of our "Dignity". He is married and has two young boys.



Better known as Nata, is from Mexico City. He is a PADI IDC-Staff Instructor. He has been living in Huatulco for about 20 years and has a huge experience, not only in scuba diving, but also in teaching scuba diving. He has been with Hurricane Divers for a long time and is our Operations and Reservations Manager and a partner as well. Apart from teaching diving and taking divers and snorkelers out, he is also responsibe for the equipment maintenance and repair.



From Edmonton, Canada, is an PADI IDC-Staff Instructor (he did his IDC with us in 2005). In the summer he is an electrician, in Canada, but in the winter he likes diving in Huatulco better. He is a very enthusiastic diver and Instructor and loves to make underwater videos.


Charlie at our anniversary party in 2000Charlie

Or Carlos, from Mexico City, is a PADI IDC-Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor and DAN Instructor. Many divers still know him from his dive operation in the Hotel Barcelo. He works with us on a free-lance basis. He has been diving in Huatulco since 1989, is a very experienced Instructor and obviously knows the area very well. He is an avid photographer, on land as well as underwater.


"We have traveled extensively and have been diving all over the world. We came to Huatulco to visit and decided to make this place our home due to the natural beauty, charm and tranquility. We would like to share this beauty with you, especially that of the fascinating Pacific underwater world, which is a unique experience. We hope to make your holiday in Huatulco an  unforgettable adventure!"

The Hurricane Divers Team


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