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

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Downey, PA, USA
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Report Number 5020
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Bahamas, Australia, Cocos, Socorro, Galapagos, Indonesia,
Malaysia, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

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

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
Its hard to believe weve been to Scuba Club Cozumel eight times; this
trip was just as much fun as our first trip 15 years ago. The hotel looks
the same, much of the staff is the same, the welcome is just as friendly,
the food is still yummy, the hammocks are still comfortable, and the diving
is still good. Weve been there during different seasons, but summer is my
favorite. Its hot, yes, but the seas are usually calm and flat, which
makes for excellent dive conditions.
Unlike the bigger hotels and resorts, Scuba Club Cozumel has a more
intimate atmosphere, with 55 unique rooms. There are upstairs and
downstairs dining rooms, a bar, pool, hammocks looking over the water, a
small gift shop, dive store across the street, and lots of friendly staff.
There is a large scuba shop on the premises and a fleet of six
various-sized boats able to handle up to 30 divers. Our group of 26 divers
was on the Reef Cat, a roomy catamaran with a sundeck perfect for surface
interval shenanigans.
The diving is good Caribbean drift diving, with visibility averaging 60 to
100+ feet. First dives are usually deeper wall dives with large coral
formations, swim-throughs, groupers, and turtles. Second dives are
shallower areas of coral heads, sand, or weeds. We saw sea horses, numerous
splendid toadfish, only seen in Cozumel, eels, and several turtles. One
dive the current took us off course into an area filled with small ledges
where we spotted several resting nurse sharks. 
During the night dives we spotted many octopus, all kinds of crabs,
various-sized eels, and numerous other critters. Weve seen more octopus in
Cozumel than anywhere else in the world.
Our group also explored the Filipe Xicontencati; the visibility was
exceptional, the entire wreck being visible from the surface.
Its hard to get deeper than 20 feet in front of the hotel, but theres
plenty of man-made rubble, including the old dock, to explore. Cozumel is a
great place for beginners; four in our group received their PADI Openwater
certifications, and several others worked toward Advanced Openwater.
Due to the economy, we got a great rate with 4 days of boat diving and a
boat night dive; the Continental flights were also a great value. Between
the cruise ship docks being destroyed in the last hurricane, and the swine
flu scare, we never saw more than 3 cruise ships docked at a time. The town
has much new construction, including a Costco type super store.
Three meals a day are included. Breakfast buffets ranged from pancakes and
eggs to cereal and fresh fruit. Lunch was a choice of the divers special
or something ordered from the menu, and dinner was a choice of fish, meat,
or vegetarian. Mexican cuisine was definitely the order of the week, but
more Americanized dishes were also popular. Desserts were delicious, and
helado (ice cream) was eaten in mass quantities.
Our group was there over the July 4th weekend;l the piñata party
included red, white, and blue balloons along with an outdoor barbecue and a
fantastic Mariachi band. Its always a blast watching blind-folded tourists
swinging wildly at a piñata dancing above their heads.
Scuba Club Cozumel is less than a mile from townwindow-shopping and people
watching on cruise-ship days can be entertaining. Other out-of-water
possibilities are renting a car and driving around the island, visiting
Chichen Itza, a magnificent Mayan ruin, taking the ferry to the mainland
and checking out Playa del Carmen and Tulum, para-gliding, or ATV rides.
Relaxing by the pool or in one of the hammocks while gazing at the sea with
drink in hand is also high on the to-do list. 
Weve been to Cozumel more than anywhere else, and yes, well be going

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