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Dive Review of Sand Dollar Sports/Reef Club in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Sand Dollar Sports/Reef Club, Jul, 2002,

by Billy E. Haggerty Jr. CRNA, Texas, USA . Report 283.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida, Hawaii, Texas, New Mexico, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Watch computer, stay with Dive Master, Surface with 500psi air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Separate wash buckets for u/w video and cameras, Staff very knowledgeable

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Reef Club in Cozumel is an all-inclusive (including meals and alcohol) resort way south of the main town in Cozumel. This is great for repeat divers to the Island and non-divers who want to lay back on the beach and not be hasseled by the "hawkers" in town peddaling their wares. The room was very clean and all of the options in the room worked. (a/c, toilet, shower, etc.) The huge pools are clean and have plenty of staff directed activitites to get you involved if you wish. Great place for the kids. They have activities for all age groups. There is also an adult only pool with a swim up bar. The food is served buffet styled. Food was OK and speciality themed each day and night. A huge Mexican Fiesta night mid-week with tons of food and a special entertainment show. Each night there is a staff show in the a/c'ed theater. A taxi to town is roughly $170 pesos each way for up to 4 people.($15) I would definately go back to this facility.
Sand Dollar Sports (SDS) scuba shop is full of English speaking helpful and talented folks. They make the diving easy. There are dive packages available check the internet or your vacation travel agent. Mine was BayAdventures.com. They only book Cozumel trips. The SDS shop is on the Reef Clubs north end and a pier for the dive boats is there also. The best part about these "south of the Island" dive operators.....only a 5-10 minute boat ride to the reefs that you dive. Usually these are 40 minutes to an hour at least from the operations near downtown Cozumel. No food or drinks on the boat between dives...so bring your own from breakfast. I was issued a free dive locker for the week that I was there. Fresh water rinse sink handy. I dove with an U/W video camera all week and had a blast. Certification classes available, look at the website. Nice big boats. They dive 2tanks in the am and pm and night dive if enough interest to fill a boat. Punta Sur is so close. Go see the "church with the white coral/sponge cross" and Devils Throat.
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