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Dive Review of Sand Dollar Sports/Wyndam in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Randall S Preissig, TX, US
Sr. Contributor   (29 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5784
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Palau, PNG, Sipadan, Kono, Fiji, Tahiti, Cocos, Gallapagos, Bonair,
Red Sea, Cayman and others
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group, quided diving, limits strictly enforced.  Experienced divers could
go to Punta Sur, etc.  I was at first in a group with experienced divers
which allowed some freedom.  Later, on "regular" dive trips, it
was more rigid.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Very few cameras.  This is a bigger operation and "hard core"
divers generally go elsewhere is the feeling I got.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The Wyndam is a very nice hotel with 3 levels of "quality".  I
was in the mid.  If I went again, I'd go basic.  I prefer hotels further
south, nearer the best reefs, such as the Occidental Grand.
First, I'd like to say that I've had 20 trips to Cozumel over the last 30+
years, and I find it a far safer and more comfortable place now than
before.  Also, the marine life has greatly improved.  You used to rarely
see a turtle(they served them in the restaurants).  I saw over 10 on one
dive this trip! Big groupers are common whereas you rarely saw them
before(ditto).  Having dived a few months after Hurricane Wilma, I can tell
you that most of the damage has now cleared.
We saw nurse sharks, octopi, australian lobsters, giant crabs and
carribbean lobsters, many turtles including the biggest I've ever seen in
the caribbean, small cuttlefish, banded coral shrimp, toadfish, juvenile
drum fish, etc.
Lionfish were everywhere--how fast they've spread!!  The divemasters
"hunt" and kill them every dive.  In fact, this became a nuisance
as they were more interested in killing lionfish than finding and showing
us critters.  I applaud the efforts, but a better solution is needed--and
The massive coral formations appear to be back to normal--and this is what
Cozumel is most famous for.  There did seem to be more orange sponge than
before--maybe seeded from the hurricane??
Sand Dollar was a well run, safe and timely operation.  Again, they don't
cater to the hard core divers, but I personally found the trips relaxing(a
sure sign of age?).  Buying a "punch card" of 28 dives, which you
can share, fiqured out to $29 a dive.
Cozumel is the quickest, most reasonable and best quality combination for
most of us.  I was in Houston at 9am and diving at 1pm--with great weather,
great coral and viz. and plenty to see.  This is why I've been 20 times.

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