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Dive Review of scuba club cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/cozumel island

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Glen Kitchens, nm, usa
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2194
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
numerous carribean; australia; fiji; papua new guinea; truk; yap; palau;
florida keys;
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
max depth  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Scuba Club's boats are well set up for keeping cameras safe. Dunk tanks are
at rear close to boat exit point. Boat crews are very cautious when
handling your gear.
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  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
I was set to visit Cozumel the week after Wilma settled down on the island,
so I didn't get there until first week of December. The first thing I
noticed on landing is the lack of green - all the trees were denuded by the
winds, but the leaves are already growing back. A similar statement can be
made for the island in general. The place sustained a lot of damage, but it
is coming back fast! 

The locals (friendliest people you will ever meet) are literally working
around the clock to get Cozumel whipped back into shape. The streets are
clean & clear of debris. Many of the southern high-rise hotels had
their glass walls blown out but the solid concrete (even the bed bases)
Scuba Club is open & doing their usual fine job of catering to divers.
Both restaurants & bar are open & all facilities are operational.
Their boat dock was destroyed & now lies on the bottom attracting
marine life. The boats are using the swim dock to load & it works out
fine. The two cruise ship docks were heavily damaged, but that didn't stop
the ships. Cozumel has plenty of tenders which bring the cruisers to shore
- however, not in the herds you would expect previous to the hurricane.

The diving is still good. The sponges took a beating & most have
disappeared on the shallower dives. Also some of the shallower reefs have
been coated w/ sand, but overall the diving is as good as ever. The shore
dive off Scuba Club is very good at dusk when numerous octopus come out to
feed. As usual, a trip to Cozumel is a very good value.

Be sure to confirm your flights! Continental has cancelled some. My return
flight out of Cozumel was cancelled & I was rerouted to Cancun for the
flight back to Houston. This was no problem as the ferry runs to Playa del
Carmen every hour, & very comfortable shuttle buses ($7.50 ea.)run to
Cancun airport every 15 minutes. Don't worry about hurricane damage -
Cozumel's still worth the trip!
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