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Dive Review of Scuba Club Cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/COZUMEL

Scuba Club Cozumel, May, 2010,

by Ernie Plourde, CT, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 5477.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving BONAIRE, CURACAO, MALDIVES, ST.LUCIA, TAHITI, BELIZE, GALAPAGOS, GRAND CAYMAN, FIJI, ROATAN, HAWAII, FL.KEYES, GREAT BARRIER REEF, ETC.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 70 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth was dictated by the Nitrox mix,the dive guides were there but did not restrict any of us. I traveled with a group of 11, all had computers and were knowledgeable,we were given our own boat.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments The camera station was the engine hatch, the rinse tank was a garbage pail with fresh water, only one which was a little cramped as I shoot video and a couple of my buddies use double strobes on a Ikelite setup, like I said, cramped but we made the best of it.If the other photographers were strangers, it may have been tense also.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We were picked up at the airport and rode 15 minutes to the resort. We were told to go to the dive shop immediately for the briefing,waivers etc, pretty routine. The staff suggested a check out dive off the back of the property just to make sure we didn't have any gear problems, good advise. We got our weights, geared up and off we went, no one had any issues.A little later after we got all of our luggage we had dinner, the food was average, but the service was good. Considering that the resort was full, we didn't wait much at all.Early to bed, breakfast was at 7:00, but coffee was out at 6 AM.The boat leaves at 8:30 and we were asked to be there by 8:15, no one was late and off we went for our first dive. 5 minutes into the ride out, the engine started smoking and splashing oil, glad we were still close to port.The crew radioed another dive boat and we were towed in. The divers on the other boat offered to squeeze us onto their boat or we could wait 2 hours for another boat, hey, we are on vacation and not in a hurry, we waited.We finally got our boat and off we went. Almost all the diving in Cozumel is drift diving, no navigation, no air consumption concerns, just easy diving and that's what we got. The package included 2 AM. dives and air for any shore diving you might want to do, Nitrox is extra,$10 per tank, a 32 or 36 mix only.The best dive of the week was Devil's Throat, a hour and 15 minute boat ride, this was not a drift dive but a deep dive, 130 to 140 fsw through caves and swim throughs.Because of the depth, it was a short dive and most of us were close to deco. but all in all worth doing.A interesting note on the growing Lion fish population, we found one about twice the size I have seen in the Pacific for that species. The guide carried a make shift spear gun with a mask strap for propulsion,worked like a charm. The fish was euthanized and later filleted and fed to a free swimming spotted moray, no waist. The dive operation ran pretty smooth and they learned our names quicker than we learned theirs,impressive. Well the week went quick, great weather,good diving and good company, I would recommend that you put them on your list.
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