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

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Wayne Whittier, TX, USA
Report Number 1952
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Several trips to the Keys in Florida. Many trips to Cozumel. Belize,
Roatan. Bahamas.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 127    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
125   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum depth 70' first dive. Varied on the second dive. Ridiculous bottom
times. 1st dive 30 minutes. Second dive varied but was also short.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Occasional bucket for cameras, but no one on staff kept it 'cameras only.'
Therefore mask cleaning with undesirable solutions were commonplace,
rendering thre camera bucket useless. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
1 stars    
We have been diving in Cozumel several times. Previously our experiences
with Sand Dollar Sports had been great. In fact my wife and I had grown
quite fond of a couple of the divemasters there, Julio in particular is a
fabulous DM. Gerry is also very good.  This trip turned out to be less than
desirable. It started off with the Reef Club not having our reservation
when we arrived. This also happen when we stayed with them six months
prior. At that time we were assured this was not a common occurrence, but
we later have discovered it is quite common there. We were moved from room
to room 3 times in a six day stay. Not able to unpack and settle in, living
out of a suitcase as a diver was not much fun to say the least. Food was
mediocre; service with minor exceptions was RUDE, abrasive and inflexible.
Diving was a disappointment as well. The dive shop now caters primarily as
their first priority to cruise ships. What was once a very personalized
& intimate operation, has now become a 'cattle car ' shop at best. Some
of the DM's were down right rude !  I managed to get one of them fired. But
he could care less. Amazing, since our tips and tourist dollars are a
significant part of their revenue. My wife & I will be diving in
Cozumel this December. After thorough research for a new operation,we will
be diving with LIQUID BLUE DIVERS.  We believe it will be wonderful. We
will stay at Casa Mexicana. No more ' all inclusives ' for us.
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