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

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Bill Dausses, Oklahoma, US (2 reports)
Report Number 3429

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

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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