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

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Doris & Bob Schaffer, CA, USA
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Report Number 79
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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

calm, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
divemaster specified limits on each dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
1 stars    
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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