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

Sand Dollar Sports, Jun, 2014,

by Jack Cullin, FL, US ( 2 reports). Report 7641.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments These were two (2) dives that were set up by Carnival Cruise lines. Completely unimpressive/disappointing. This was my first time diving Cozumel and it will be my last. Although the dive operator and Carnival may have contributed to the bad locations.

Our first dive, Tormentos Reef, had such bad visibilty and seaweeds that we had to move. Second location wasn't much better. They called it drift diving although there was not much current and very little live coral. Max depth was 65 feet. My buddy and I were the last two to surface after 38 minutes and I still had over 1200 psi left.

The second location they called Paradise Reef but we were so close to the Cruise ships docked at Puerta Maya Pier I could have easily swum over to the ship. I started the dive with less than a full fill at 2954 psi. I wasn't worried since I figured I'd still have air. I was right! We did 43 feet for 47 minutes before the dive was terminated. I still had over 1100 lbs.

Not much marine life, not much live coral, not a very cost effective set of dives.
Websites Sand Dollar Sports   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Beliz, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, BVIs, Florida, New Jersey, Rhode Island
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77-78°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 Bucket with water (fresh?)
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By Craig A Woodin PA, US at Jun 26, 2014 09:16 EST  
Hi Jack, I'd say you did not have a typical Cozumel dive experence and that you might want to give it another try on a real dive vacation. Send me an email and I will give you my persoal recommendations. Good diving, Craig
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