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

Sand Dollar Sports/Wyndham Resort and Spa, Apr, 2008,

by Phil Riley, Ontario, Canada ( 2 reports). Report 4294.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Roatan, Aruba, Florida Keys, Great Barrier Reef, Saint Martin, San Andres
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 130 feet max. depth, 700 psi signal, 500 psi back on board.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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