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Dive Review of Scuba Club Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Scuba Club Cozumel, Aug, 2002,

by Doris & Bob Schaffer, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 14 reports). Report 79.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, PNG, Solomons, Fiji, Galapagos, Cocos, Caribbean, California, Egypt, Micronesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions divemaster specified limits on each dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments UWPs are on their own. The boat crew, however, is very attentive about rinsing the camera housings and handing the cameras to and retrieving them from the divers except that there's only one bucket so the cameras are all piled on top of each other.

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 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments We are so addicted to liveaboards that we deliberately avoid land-based diving, but because it was a family reunion, we joined our group at Scuba Club Cozumel on a package that included 2 boat dives each morning, unlimited tanks for shore dives, three meals daily and comfortable, spacious rooms. The food is plentiful and generally quite good, the service very attentive and there are nice amenities like plenty of fresh towels daily and convenient lockers so that gear doesn't have to be hauled back and forth from the room. We last dove Cozumel in 1969 so approached diving there in 2002 with skepticism, but despite the thousands of divers and a million tourists annually from cruise ships, the reefs are still beautiful and healthy. However, fish life has diminished considerably--the giant sea bass are gone and reef fish and other creatures are no longer abundant but we did see some nice-sized sea horses, a few turtles and a couple of small eagle rays. The diving is highly regimented. We could not dive our own profiles and were required to follow the dive guide at all times. It was the dive guide who determined where and how deep we could dive every dive. While the dive guide was excellent, knowledgeable, pleasant to be with and the dive sites chosen were good (for the most part), rules were rules regardless of the experience of the divers. Extra boat dives in the afternoon are available at an additional cost. One of those extra dives is a ship that was deliberately sunk to provide wreck diving and while it has not yet become an artificial reef, it makes a very interesting penetrating wreck dive. We dove Los Cenotes on the mainland in the Dos Ojos fresh water caverns. Scuba Club does not offer this but the dive shop manager arranged it for us with an outside cave diving operator--an all-day excursion including the mainland ferry, two dives and lunch for $135.00 per diver. It's worth doing once. The tipping procedure at Scuba Club is somewhat awkward with individual envelopes for each person and some people who should participate in the tips probably do not receive a portion.
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