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

Sand Dollar Sports/Reef Club, Jun, 2005,

by Wayne Whittier, TX, USA . Report 1952.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Several trips to the Keys in Florida. Many trips to Cozumel. Belize, Roatan. Bahamas.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 81 to 127 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 125 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum depth 70' first dive. Varied on the second dive. Ridiculous bottom times. 1st dive 30 minutes. Second dive varied but was also short.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Occasional bucket for cameras, but no one on staff kept it 'cameras only.' Therefore mask cleaning with undesirable solutions were commonplace, rendering thre camera bucket useless.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments We have been diving in Cozumel several times. Previously our experiences with Sand Dollar Sports had been great. In fact my wife and I had grown quite fond of a couple of the divemasters there, Julio in particular is a fabulous DM. Gerry is also very good. This trip turned out to be less than desirable. It started off with the Reef Club not having our reservation when we arrived. This also happen when we stayed with them six months prior. At that time we were assured this was not a common occurrence, but we later have discovered it is quite common there. We were moved from room to room 3 times in a six day stay. Not able to unpack and settle in, living out of a suitcase as a diver was not much fun to say the least. Food was mediocre; service with minor exceptions was RUDE, abrasive and inflexible. Diving was a disappointment as well. The dive shop now caters primarily as their first priority to cruise ships. What was once a very personalized & intimate operation, has now become a 'cattle car ' shop at best. Some of the DM's were down right rude ! I managed to get one of them fired. But he could care less. Amazing, since our tips and tourist dollars are a significant part of their revenue. My wife & I will be diving in Cozumel this December. After thorough research for a new operation,we will be diving with LIQUID BLUE DIVERS. We believe it will be wonderful. We will stay at Casa Mexicana. No more ' all inclusives ' for us.
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