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Dive Review of Scorpio Diving in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cancun

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Tavan, CA, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6561
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Monterey, CA Channel Islands, Hawaii, many places in the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
77   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
DM-guided tours  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat dives were from simple pangas, no photo facilities. DM shot a video
but didn't offer it to us. We didn't take cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
The bad - it's difficult to find reviews of Cancun-based diving. Even
Undercurrent itself automatically re-categorizes all Mexican Caribbean
diving as "Cozumel." Diving in Cozumel is, indeed, better than in
Cancun, but if you find yourself, as we did, on a general vacation in
Cancun and want to include some diving among other activities, it's ample.

The good - The reefs just off Cancun were less spectacular than those we
remembered off Coz but they were colorful, healthy, uncrowded and perfectly
adequate for a dive break. We did a two-tank day there on a decent panga,
six customers with two DMs. These were drift dives in moderate current,
very similar to Coz. Later that week they picked us up at the hotel and
took us South to Puerto Morelos where we did a nice wreck in calm water and
a rather unspectacular reef. Finally, the next week, they took us to Tulum
for two delightful cenotes dives, fresh water caverns in which you are
never more than 40 meters from an exit. The rock piles, stalactites,
thermoclines and haloclines were fascinating. We are considering a future
vacation stay there, diving different caverns every day. Many operators,
including ours, will take Cancun-based divers on the ferry trip to Cozumel,
but we didn't make the time for that on our generally non-diving vacation.
We've seen Coz and expect to return, but this trip was only peripherally
about diving.

Wished I had known - more about the characteristics of the various
operators. We spent an afternoon driving around Cancun looking for some of
the dive shops we had found online. Some were hard to find as their
addresses were off from published by as much as 2 km. (Addresses on the
Cancun hotel strip are just distances from town on the main road - no
building numbers.) It appears that a "dive operator" in Cancun
may be as informal as an individual with a cell phone and English skills
who fronts a collection of independent drivers, boats, instructors and dive
masters. We settled on Scorpio Diving after interviewing someone in an
un-labeled office in Sunset Marina and then, unsure which operator we had
been talking to, again on the phone. They definitely had their own van but,
when busy, hired others. On our first day, they hired one who broke down
and failed to inform them or us. An hour later, we ended up taking a cab
which Scorpio eagerly and apologetically paid for. On the other days, the
Scorpio van picked us up. (We had a rental car, rather unnecessary in
Cancun, but left it with our non-divers.)

More good - Scorpio's claim to fame is maximum flexibility at an
unpublished price that seemed a bit higher than others we interviewed.
Jorge seems to be available any time by cell phone and email. We reserved
each of our three days separately as the desires of our group clarified and
they were always able to accommodate us. We ended up with the same DM for
the three of us on Wednesday and Friday and for only two of us the next
Monday. He was a friendly Columbian, competent and reasonably
communicative, although he did not exactly overwhelm us with pointers to
spectacular wildlife. He was safety-oriented but did not restrict our
diving in any undesirable way. In particular, he set no artificial maximum
dive time. They rushed surface intervals a bit but we never had to push our
no-deco limits. They ran a tab for us - except for tips to the panga
operators, we only had to pay once at the end of our visit. I would happily
use Scorpio Diving on a future trip to Cancun.

Cancun may not be a popular dive destination because of its incredible
neighbor Isla Cozumel, but it's definitely a destination from which you can
do a lot of nice Mayan Riveria diving.
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