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

Scuba Cozumel/Scuba Club Cozumel, May, 2009,

by Andy Clisbee, MN, USA ( 1 report). Report 4803.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 300 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Divemasters provided 'Max' depths for all dive sites, based primariy on NDL times, but were flexible
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse tanks on the dive boats and outside dive shop were convenient. House reef had great photo opportunities at night (Octos, Stingrays, Puffers, Squid, etc). Drift dives offered many different options for photography during the day (Sharks, seahorses, grouper, eels, reef fish, etc).

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving:
The diving exceeded my expectations from the first dive to the last, with amazing visibility, lots of swim-throughs and all sorts of marine life - big and small.

We had a group of 11 divers, so we had our own boat with 4 boat dives per day (vs the standard 2 dives per day)...without 4 boat dives we would have been disappointed - the house reef is good for night dives, but pretty barren in the daytime.

The boats & divemasters were vey well organized and did a great job of pointing out all the 'must-see' items on each of the dives. Very thorough briefings were provided with suggested profiles, things to watch for, reef structure, etc. The boat diving crew made us very comfortable, helping us out of the water, changing tanks, providing refreshments, etc

Current at the dive sites was variable - some dives had very strong current, which could be difficult for novice divers. Other sites had very mild currents that were great for macro photography. Due to depth and repetetive dives, its is important to monitor NDL to avoid exceeding limits.


The Resort:
Rooms were basic but very clean, with good air conditioning but no TV or phone (a nice break!). Resort included Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner which were excellent. They provided lots of variety, so you weren't eating the same things day after day (unless you wanted to). Very attentive staff during breakfast & lunch, but dinner service was typically slow. Drinks were not included, but prices charged were very reasonable. Be sure to bring cash for tips, as they are not included in the resort fees.


General:
Due to 'Swine Flu', cruise ships are not stopping in Mexico until July, so the island is pretty dead right now. Many shops & restaurants were closed until the cruise ships come back.


Recomendations:
Travel as a group to request 4 boat dives each day
Buy a phonecard online prior to your trip and use local payphones (much cheaper than using the hotel phones)
Bring US Dollars - no need to convert to Mexican Pesos
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