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

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by L. Austin, VA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 3280
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Roatan, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
0   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
we were diving nitrox a lot of the time, so were limited to 107'. I don't
believe anybody went much past 100'.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There is one rinse tub on boat; we mostly rinsed off the camera in the
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Cozumel is reasonably-priced and very accessible for the American diver.
It's easy to get to and easy to leave. No problems with flights,
connections, luggage, etc. Beware the "travel advisory" aka
time-share salesmen when you disembark. They are everywhere. 

We only walked into town one afternoon and it was awful. Every day there
are numerous cruise ships in port--one day we counted six! Hordes of
tourists and cheap shops and overly-aggressive shop employees: just how
many Hard Rock Cafes does one place need? Ugh. 

We stayed at Scuba Cozumel for a week (all-inclusive with 6 days diving, 2
morning  dives). We ate all our meals except one at the hotel. The food is
adequate. Breakfast and lunch were fine, but dinner was invariably somewhat
disappointing. The restaurant (and hotel) staff is very helpful. Service
was great. The beach party was kind of a bust, although the authentic
Mexican buffet was good. Most divers seem too tired to stay up past ten,
although there were a few serious drinkers/partiers at the hotel. 

We very much enjoyed the Mexican architecture at Scuba Cozumel. Lots of
tile and white stucco. The rooms are comfy, large, clean, and nobody minds
if you hang your wet stuff on the balcony. Yes, the beds are a bit hard,
but the showers--ahh!--plenty of hot water.  They do not supply you with
beach towels, so bring your own.  Not that there is a beach, of course, and
the pool is barely bigger than a bathtub. I swam laps over the hotel iron
shore reef; I also snorkeled there on several occasions and saw a
needlefish, scorpion fish, flamingo tongue, juvenile Angel, arrow crab, and
other species. 

We were there during a busy week (Easter) so they frequently changed our
boat and our DM. The DMs go from wonderful (Geiser!) to good and competent.
The boats at Scuba Cozumel are slow. It takes about an hour to get to
Palancar, for example. But there is a head on every boat, as well as a
cooler filled with water and juice. No food is provided. Good crews. 

This was my first time as a diver in Cozumel, so I don't know what Cozumel
was like before the hurricane. It's obvious, however, that the reefs have
sustained some lasting damage. In addition, there are many areas still
covered with sand. We also found many of the reefs to have a noticeable
paucity of fish. (I specifically noticed this at the famous Palancar
sites.)  OTOH, we saw nurse sharks, a reef shark, dolphins, moray eels,
monster parrots, lobsters, several splendid toadfish and seahorses.  We saw
turtles on nearly every dive, and I don't believe there can be another
island in the Caribbean with as many gorgeous Queen Angelfish. So, while
the diving might not be as good as it was before, it's still pretty
awesome, IMHO. 

The afternoon dive at Scuba Cozumel (extra) is for the wreck of the Felipe
X. You can dive all three levels of the ship (with DM) but, unfortunately,
most everything inside has been stripped except for the toilets. There is
also a night dive and a combination dusk/night dive; we chose the latter
and found it very worthwhile. The hotel holds dinner for the divers
returning late, which I call very accommodating--although we were so tired
we would have been happy with a bowl of cereal!

This was our first experience with drift diving, so obviously it  takes
some adjustment. Current went from negligble to ripping--or so it seemed to
me. Lots of fun, unless you want to take a photo or swim back to see
something you missed!  

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