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

Scuba Club Cozumel, Sep, 2005,

by Robin J. Humphrey, FL, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 2068.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max 120 feet, ...Dive your Computer or tables
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 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

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