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

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dick Sziede, VA, USA
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Report Number 4676
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Truk, and all over the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives led.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated camera rinse tanks.  Plenty of work space but none reserved for
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
Plans for Hawaii fell through.  We needed to get wet, and to get away from
winter.  Lets go back to Cozumel!

The Coz has urbanized and developed in the five years since last we
visited.  Scuba Club, being an all-inclusive insulated us from much.  Hotel
architecture is old Mexico.  Many levels, around a gardened courtyard. 
Much more pleasant than the Soviet apartment-block horrors of the larger
resorts.  The grounds are gated and secured.  

"All-inclusive" conjures visions of bland, steam-table fare.  Not
so at Scuba Club.  Meals are tasty and innovative, especially the Mayan
recipes.  Even lasagna had a flair, being spiced with cinnamon, Greek
style.  Only breakfast was steam-table.  Still, the Huevos Motuleños
were great!  Lunch and supper are waiter-served, quickly and graciously. 
When we expressed delight, the manager said, "The plain fare may do
for tourists, but scuba divers need nutrition!"

Ah the diving!  Hurricane Wilma is still very apparent.  A lot of sand
still clogs the reefs.  Where the soft corals are recovering it looks as
though they have a crew-cut.  Fish were more plentiful on the shallow dives
than on the deep, wall dives.  Whisking through the coral heads in a 5-knot
current still thrills.

On my first visit to Coz many moons past, a DM told me the best time to
visit was early spring.  The best visibility (100+) and no crowds of
spring-breakers braying at the bar.  We chose the first week of March.  He
was right about the diving.  

Dismayed to find Dulles airport crowded with college louts.  Fortunately,
"I'm like," and "she goes" headed for Cancun, leaving
Cozumel to the grown-ups.  I hope to see their fuzzed-out naughty bits on
MTV soon.

The viz underwater was indeed as good as it gets.  Alas, spring breakers to
Cancun meant the vis at poolside was not so hot.  My saggy 66-years was par
for the bikini-watching course. 

Scuba Club's boats are tightly run.  You dive all week with the same DM. 
Nestor certainly went the extra mile for me.  Dives are led in groups of
7-9.  The main attractions, Palancar, Columbia etc. are about an hour south
by boat.  The wind blows north to south.  The homeward, upwind journey
after your are chilled from diving can be a trial.  I took and wore both a
fleece and a Gore-tex windbreaker.  Even the Minnesotans were cold going

Money's worth?  You bet!  Especially since it snowed seven inches in
Virginia while I was wearing shorts and sandals in Cozumel.
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