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Dive Review of SeaScuba/Hotel Cozumel and Resort in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Nick McGregor, MN, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3838
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Keys,multiple Carribean, Cocos, Galapagos, Gulf of Thailand, Lake Superior
and  Lake Michigan wrecks
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
recreational standards - although we never went past 90 ft  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Hotel Cozumel and resort is located about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the
South of the central part of downtown San Miguel.  Our stay included an
all-inclusive option.  The food was on par with most any other
all-inclusives.  Nothing spectacular as it was buffet food, but not bad. 
Our room overlooked the central swimming pool area, and it was very clean
and basic.  When I read reviews, it appears people expect 5-star hotels for
2-star prices. I felt this was a very good Hotel for the price.  Access to
the ocean was gained from crossing through a tunnel underneath the main
road leading to a restaurant and bar which served a very nice lunch and
food throughout the afternoon. There was a dining area that could be used
for small receptions or meetings. A small sandy beach area provided  for
great sun tanning and relaxation. Stairs led to the water for those that
wanted to snorkel or shore dive. There was a large hot tub which at one
time probably was heated, but now was ambient but provided a nice place to
rinse off after snorkeling around the dock area.  The dock area was very
nice and all dive operations could come and pick up guests from this area.
Dive Paradise operated from this area and tanks for shore diving could be
had for $6.00.

The group of 10 divers I traveled with had made reservations to dive with a
company named Sea Scuba.  I had dived with them four years ago, and their
service was adequate at that time.  Checking in at the dive shop, most
members of the group pre-paid for 5 days of two tank diving, and one night
dive. The fee was reasonable because many of the group were returning
customers - $305 for that package, about $55.50 per two tank dive.  I knew
I would only be with SeaScuba for 2 days, so my fee was higher, $62/ 2 tank
dive. We had arrived on Friday, January 25 and were going to begin diving
on Saturday, January 26.  We requested the boat to be at the hotel at 8
o'clock, and it showed up around 8:30 a.m.  The dive master, Luis,
apologized stating they had some problems with one of the motors.  We
loaded the boat and went for our first dive to the shipwreck Filipe
Xicotenantl.  A very good dive, minimal current. A short surface interval,
and back into the water for a 2nd dive. On the way back to the hotel, one
engine failed and the other was running poorly. We were promised it would
be repaired before the next morning.

On Sunday, the boat was again late about 20 minutes. We attempted to head
to the southern reefs, but motor trouble again was apparent. We made a dive
near Chankanaab, and then headed to the commercial marina to swap out tanks
(the boat was running so poorly that they did not bring extra tanks for our
2nd dive because the boat motors could not handle the weight). Our surface
interval was at the marina rather than a nice beach area. Our 2nd dive was
near the first, same critters and coral. An assurance was made that the
motors would be repaired by Monday. Really? On a Sunday night with Carnival
in full swing? Doubtful. I advised them that I would not be diving with
them any more and signed up with Aldora. My friends chose to stay with
SeaScuba since they had prepaid and they endured increasing frustration
from SeaScuba for 2 more days until they were almost left stranded because
of engine failure. It took them 2 hrs. to return from Columbia reef to the
commercial terminal on Tuesday Jan. 29 because one engine completely failed
and the other was coughing! So much for the claim  small, fast boats.
They joined me with Aldora on Wed., and had the best dives of the trip.
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