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

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Eckes, CA, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5207
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, La Paz, Fiji, Galapagos, Hawaii, Indonesia, Palau, Philippines,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Fresh water rinse tank.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
I began the 2009 year by diving the island of Cozumel. This was the second
consecutive year that my girlfriend, Margi, and I chose to stay at Scuba
Club Cozumel (SCC). SCC claims to cater to divers, offering affordable stay
and dive packages. Such dive packages include two-tank morning boat dives
and unlimited shore diving.

During our three mornings of diving, we dived a variety of sites from
Palancar Caves to Paradise Reef.  SCC requires six divers minimum to do
either its two-tank twilight dive or one tank wreck dive. Both are worth
the price of admission. However, on this trip we were unable to do either.
A good portion of the resort had been booked for a wedding limiting the
number of divers. One day we circulated a sign-up sheet for the two-tank
twilight dive only to find that the dive staff had hid the sign-up sheet
thus discouraging sign-ups. This was a shame as while diving Cozumel during
the day is a treat, diving at night is special. The reefs teem with octopi,
squid, seahorses, etc. It seemed like the Resort had lost some of its focus
on diving.

Undaunted, my girlfriend and I decided to dive the house reef. In fact, we
suited up three times and walked down the street to the lighthouse where we
entered the water. A gentle current flowed towards the Resort. Each dive
brought us different treasures. On one dive it was a lone seahorse in the
rubble. Another dive brought us a red-lipped batfish. Heck, we even saw an
underwater Mayan temple! 

The accommodations were nice although the mattress was hard. The rooms were
well maintained. I dont recall a camera room, working on my camera in my
room. The food at SCC was very good and included in our package. Each day
we were given several choices and none disappointed. Soft drinks and
alcoholic drinks were extra. The town of Cozumel was a nice walk away. It
really gets busy when the cruise ships are in port.

I was disappointed in the reduced focus on diving this trip. When I travel
I like to dive, dive and dive. I will think twice about diving in the
future with SCC as there are many dive operations in this country that
encourage diving.
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