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

Scuba Club Cozumel, Jun, 2007,

by Bill Dausses, Oklahoma, US . Report 3429.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Belize, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos, Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits, buddy diving, and safety stops
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat did not have rinse tank for UW camera

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

Accommodations 5 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 This was our first trip to Cozumel and there are so many options. But there is no doubt, we made a great one with Scuba Club Cozumel. They scored on all the points that mattered to us: a good dive operator, free shore diving, good food, close to town for nondivers, friendly and helpful staff, traditional mexican setting, cleanliness, and security.
The resort itself is laid out with courtyards and patios, colorfully decorated tiles, and tropical foliage. The rooms are quite spacious and set up for divers and wet gear. There are no carpets, phones, or tv's in the room. Beautiful tile is everywhere. There is plenty of hot water and towels, good air conditioning, and private balconies with a mesmerizing ocean view. The grounds include about ten hammocks underneath palapas, shore entry areas to the ocean, and a nice pool. They even have outside lockers for storage of wet items after diving. Yes, the beds are hard but that is Cozumel.
We selected the all-inclusive package which included three meals a day. The food was really good and tasty. Selections for lunch and dinner came from a menu which always included a variety of choices for heavy carnivores, seafood lovers, chicken options, vegetarians and those interested in local cuisine. Breakfasts were buffet style with many different choices both hot and cold along with local fruits.
The inhouse dive shop did a great job with our diving needs. They dedicated a boat and crew to us for the entire week. They were safety conscious, totally helpful in gearing up and preparing for dives, and excellent in guiding our dives and showing the variety of marine creatures available. Our group was able to dive in buddy teams and surface as appropriate, not in one mass ascension as we had heard about other operators. Boat pickups were handled safely and efficiently.
Shore diving really was a blast. Spend $4 on a taxi, load up your gear and head south to the lighthouse, then spend a leisure fifty minutes drifting back to the resort. This was leisure drift diving as you want it to be to really examine the macro life abundant in the shallows...We did it four times and wanted more because of all the critters and marine life to be seen.

The boat diving was really good but not great. It is fun to be part of the daily morning parade to the sites, but congestion and dive urgency is irritating after a while. Many sites also are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Wilma two years ago. Sand abounds. There are many fish and critters, and it was fun to discover the local splendid toadfish, found only on the Isla. Still, the diving is best for those used to riding with strong currents and satisfied with a quick glimpse of marine life.

The resort was perfectly located for our nondivers. It is a block south of the local version of Wal-Mart for cheap drinks, snacks, and cerveza. A few blocks further north and the shopping opportunities began. In other words, everything Cozumel had to offer was a short trip away. And if you wanted a taxi, a scooter, or a rental car, the attendant at the resort gate could arrange it for you.
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