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

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, US
Report Number 2260
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Caribbean, Australia, Indonesia, Cocos Island, Galapagos, Sipadan,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recommended 100' maximum.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Nice camera table on larger boats; in rough seas had to brace cameras so
they didn't fall off. Need larger rinse tanks/buckets. Next time we'll try
to buy something to take aboard.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Hurricane Wilma damage is very evident everywhere, especially along the
main street of town and at the southern hotels, some of which still look
pretty bad. The two cruise docks are currently unusable.

Scuba Club suffered relatively minimal structural damage, although windows
were blown out, part of a back wall went missing, and parts of the break
wall disappeared. The main boat dock was damaged enough that they are in
the process of pulling the whole thing out and replacing it. The front
lockers have been rebuilt, many of the cement walks are new, the barbecue
is being rebuilt, and the buildings all have new paint. But the hammocks
are back, the shore dive swim-thru is still there, the piñata party
is a gas, and the staff is mostly familiar faces.
The shore dive is differentthe sea grass is buried under the sand and the
formations sunk as fish habitats are mostly gone, but the old dock, now
underwater, has become home for octopus and fish. We saw tiny crabs and
shrimp everywhere at night, plus a couple unusual things, like what I can
only describe as a small hairy octopus, something youd expect to see in
Indonesia. We also had an eagle ray swim by in shallow water.

The wall diving is still good, in fact we saw more big groupers this time
than in the past couple of years, the turtles are still around and we had
several extended eagle ray encounters. Some of the tunnels have closed up
while others have opened. Theres sand on the coral and pieces of soft
coral piled up in some of the tunnels. 

The shallower dive spots suffered more damagethe soft coral is totally
gone and some reefs look like theyve been scoured clean. But even on these
reefs there were plenty of fish and eels, although not so many critters as
their hiding places are gone. The splendid toad fish are still around,
peering out of their holes.

The wreck of the Felipe Xicontencati looks like Wilma tried to twist it in
half; now it has more character. Fortunately its still upright and is a
great beginner wreck dive.

Scuba Club is running at full capacity, especially since many hotels will
probably be closed for months. Loading up for diving is more time-consuming
until the new dock is completed, as the boats can only pull up one at a
time where the shore dive entry area is. When the wind is blowing from the
Northeast and theres too much chop, everything is hauled to the boat
harbor via trucks and the divers are taxied.

We saw fewer cruise ships, less traffic in town, and the airport was empty
mid-week. The best way to help the people of Cozumel is to visit, dive, and
spend money. Yes, things look different, but its still a great place to
have a good time!
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