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

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Robin J. Humphrey, FL, United States
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Report Number 2068
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Roatan,Belize, Venezuela, San Andres,Bonaire,  Curacao,
BArbados, Acapulco, Puerto Rico, Puerto Escondido, Zihuatanejo,
Fiji,Bahamas, Cayman,Sea of Cortez, Socorro Islands, Crystal River, Fl,
Costa Rica,Turks & Caicos,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max 120 feet, ...Dive your Computer or tables  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
We have been diving in Cozumel, on and off ,since the early 70's.
Scuba Club Cozumel, formerly the Galapagos hotel, is in our opinion, the 
next best thing to a liveaboard  diving experience.
Accomodations are all individually  air conditioned, very roomy with
porches to hang gear, king sized beds, clean and neat . Bathrooms are roomy
and  hot water  plentiful. 
This resort is geared to divers.
The  resort uses  eight  boats with usually no more than 8 divers assigned
to one  divemaster, some of whom we  have known for 17 years. 
boats  depart at 8:15AM  and  mostly  travel south to arrive at the
different  reef locations within an hour or  less. A deep (80-100ft) dive
is  followed by an hours surface interval, after  which a  dive usually to
about 50 ft is  made.
Unlimited shore  diving is allowed, and the  structures in front of the
Hotel are a veritable nusery of  juvenile  everything, from lobster,
Octopus (at night) flounder damsel fish crabs, morays eyc.

Back at the  resort by about 1-2 pm.
Meals are  good, substantial, and  cooked to American tastes and portion
Connectivity to the  rest of the world is not as  immediate as  we  are
used to.
Phones are located in the  lobby, and there is a small fridge  in each
room, but no T.V
I did  see some  guests with laptops, who informed me that wireless access
to the web was readily available. 
The  staff is courteos, helpful and very friendly.
Booze at the hotel is  pricey, but  the  local market , two blocks away
offers  reasonably priced beer and sprits which may be  brought  to the
room...but  not allowed to be  brought into the  hotel restaurant area.

Diving  Cozumel is  most  very often  some variation of a drift dive, with
the  boat picking you out of the water wherever you come to the surface, so
as long as  one  stays within visible  distance of the  group,
"navigating" to the  boat is  not  necessary.
The  reefs appear  healthy .The  constant  current flowing betwen the
island and  the  Yucatan Peninsula helps keep the reef healthy.
Fauna varies from year to year in density and size, the 30 -40 pound
Groupers we used to feed and see were not around this time. Feeding is  no
longer allowed so...We did  see many turtles and  a couple of  very large 
nurse sharks.Tropicals are  abundant and  varied.
This  resort is  ideal for  family diving and  large  groups  find they can
use a boat for their exclusive  use.
Short of a liveaboard dive boat , we  have found  this Dive operation to be
 the best and most enjoyable value throughout our  more than 30 years of
diving with our family.
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