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

Scuba Club Cozumel, Jan, 2009,

by Eric Eckes, CA, United States (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5207.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, La Paz, Fiji, Galapagos, Hawaii, Indonesia, Palau, Philippines, Yap
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas no currents
Water Temp 79 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ??
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Fresh water rinse tank.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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