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Dive Review of Sand Dollar Sports/Wyndham Resort and Spa in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Phil Riley, Ontario, Canada (2 reports)
Report Number 4294
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Roatan, Aruba, Florida Keys, Great Barrier Reef, Saint Martin, San
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 feet max. depth, 700 psi signal, 500 psi back on board.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Rinse tanks on board were too small. The last camera (3rd?) in the bucket
would stick out above the surface. I had a video housing which barely sat
flat on the tank bottom. One day I was put on a small boat and had to go
back to the larger boat as the camera rinse tank was simply a small bucket.
My housing would not even fit into it.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Aside from camera tank concerns, my week spent diving with Sand Dollar
Sports was very pleasurable. The staff were helpful and friendly, and took
good care of my housing as I entered and exited the water. Morning dive
boats left around 8am, and there were usually 2 or 3 boats, so no
overcrowding. Tanks always had 3000 psi. Several times during the week,
special dive sites were offered at a slight increase in cost for those
interested. In the water, staff were very safety conscious. There were
usually no more than eight in a group. Unfortunately the reefs were not in
great shape. I have been diving Cozumel for ten years now and was shocked
to see how recent hurricane activity had affected the reefs. The currents
were fast and in some cases too fast to do any effective video work, except
to demonstrate the speed of the current. All in all, however, I was very
satisfied with the dive operation and would certainly dive with them again.
The Wyndam Resort and Spa is considered a five star facility, but only if
you are staying in the high end part of the resort. I did not, but was
pleasantly surprised with the accomodations and food. I read so many poor
reviews about this resort I was worried I might have made a poor choice.
This was not the case. My room, by the beach, was comfortable and the food
was very good, although somewhat repetitious. However there was sufficient
choice each day to compensate.
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