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

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Barada, CA, US
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Report Number 6663
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Fiji, Bora Bora, Alaska, California coast, Hawaii, Bonaire,
Belize, Cayman Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time and depth  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
We have stayed at Scuba Club Cozumel over a dozen times.  We have dived all
over the world, but we keep coming to back to SCC.  Most of the same people
have been working there since we first started coming in 1998.  The service
is incredible; the food is good to excellent, and the dive operations
terrific.  The place is laid out for divers, all tile in the rooms and
conducive to wet divers.

My wife and I went early to have some alone time.  There were two large
groups at Scuba Club and we got the small boats with a total of 7 - 8
divers.  We met some great people; some of which were at Scuba Club for
their first time.

Then the rest of our group came the following Saturday and we had 8 divers
and 2 non-divers.  So we had the small boats again, with just our own
group.  So, we could pick the dive sites we wanted.

The diving was terrific.  We dove all the great sites, including Palancar
Caves, our favorite first dive.  We did a lot of shore diving too, always a
treat at Scuba Club.

There was lots of fish life, some eels, some lobsters, and lots of crabs,
some nurse sharks, seahorses, octopi, nudibranchs, and spotted drums.  The
dive master speared a couple lionfish and fed them to various predators. 
We saw many less lionfish than we did last September.  Good work!

The drill at Scuba Club is:  Up at 6:00 am for coffee and check email and
the hurricane websites.  Breakfast at 7:00 am, with a buffet of American
and Mexican dishes.  Then analyze our nitrox mixes for the boat dives.  Go
back to the room and change into a bathing suit and get your gear out of
the locker to carry to the boat at about 8:15 am.  The first dive is a
deeper dive - 70 to 80 feet.  After a surface interval of about an hour,
the second dive is shallower - 50 to 60 feet.  Then lunch when the boat
returns - the special or order off the menu - one side of the menu is
traditional Mexican lunches and the other side American dishes like
cheeseburgers or BLT's.  

We did a lot of shore diving in the afternoon.  Tanks for shore diving are
included; you just have to sign for them.  We did a twilight/night dive one
day, and many of our group did the wreck dive.  The only strong current we
encountered was on the night dive at Paradise.  Go figure . . .

Then dinner:  They usually have one meat dish, one fish dish, and one
vegetarian dish.  The held a traditional Mexican BBQ once a week with a
piñata.  We went out two nights - once to Prima's and once to Kinta.
 Both were superb.

On Wednesday of the second week we went to snorkel with the whale sharks. 
We were scheduled to fly to Holbox in 2 Cessna's and take a small boat to
the whale sharks.  But we received a call from the operator that the whale
sharks had moved closer to Isla Mujeres.  So we took the 6:00 am ferry to
Playa Del Carmen and were picked up by a bus for an hour's ride to Cancun. 
Then we boarded a boat and it was a 45 minute ride to the whale sharks. 
There were over 150 whale sharks when we arrived, swimming in very clear
water.  The rule is two snorkelers in the water at a time with the guide,
no getting within 3 feet of the sharks.  It was terrific!  We had 8 people
in our boat -- all our own group.  We got pictures and videos.  We swam
with the sharks until we were all sharked out, then we went to a beach on
Isla Mujeres, anchored in about 3 feet of water, and the guide and boat
captain made fresh ceviche for us.  What's better than drinking cold
Coronas and eating fresh ceviche standing in 86-degree water on a nice sand
bottom?  Then a boat ride back to Cancun, a bus ride to Playa Del Carmen
and another ferry ride to Cozumel, and a taxi back to Scuba Club.  Made for
a very long day - but definitely worth it.

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