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

Scuba Club Cozumel: "High Speed, Low Drag Drift Diving in Cozumel!", Dec, 2017,

by Nancy Boore, MD, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 10 Helpful votes). Report 10096 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Spent the week at Scuba Club Cozumel, and really had a great time! Our group with Brass Anchor Scuba Center out of Frederick, Maryland had the all-inclusive package, 3 meals daily, two 2-tank dives in the AM, unlimited shore diving, and any extra dives (night, twilight, wreck, etc) were additional cost, but very reasonably priced. The resort does provide a list of recommended daily gratuity for wait staff/restaurant staff, housekeeping, dive ops, etc. that they provide envelopes for, and ask that the totaled tips for the week are provided in separate envelopes at the end of your stay. They also ask that you don't tip individuals separately, but our group chose to provide a tip from all of us to the divemaster and boat crew on one of our last dives because we heard that sometimes the tips don't make it to the divemasters and crew....not able to verify that, but we wanted to make sure they received what we wanted them to have from our group. I provided tips for all of the others (wait staff, restaurant staff, housekeeping, etc) in the envelopes at the end of the trip.

Accomodations: The room I was in was adequate, had a small balcony with hanging area for dive gear, no TV or phone in the room but the resort has WiFi included for you to watch shows on your ipad or laptop if you wanted to. Mattress was not the best, I like a firm mattress, but the one in my room was REALLY firm, and not very comfortable. There is a pool at the resort, but the water was a little cold, and I only saw one or two people get in for a short while. The resort has a restaurant that serves absolutely fantastic food, and you can definitely put on quite a few pounds if you eat three full meals a day. It’s not buffet style, you put your lunch and dinner order in during breakfast, and boy do they give you plenty to eat! The staff really does their best to take care of you, and if you’re running late getting back from a dive they will make sure to hold the restaurant open so you can get something to eat. Drinks other than water, coffee, and hot tea are extra charge, but reasonable. If you want to catch some rays, there are plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas, and hammocks to relax in. All of the staff were incredibly helpful, responsive, courteous, and friendly. The courtyard was festively decorated for the Christmas season, and had tables where you could sit and relax. Really enjoyable, relaxing atmosphere overall!

Dive Ops: There’s a dive shop on the resort where you can pick up your weights, sign out tanks for shore dives, sign up for extra dives (wreck, night, etc.), and rent equipment if you need it. My roommate ended up renting her equipment, and it was adequate, but with some drawbacks. BC did not have integrated weight pockets or trim pockets, so she had to dive with a weight belt. Normally not a problem, but she was a fairly inexperienced diver whose last dive experience was in the Keys about 5yrs ago, and she struggled with her trim and the weight belt while in the water. On our arrival day we received an orientation briefing at the dive shop where all the basics were covered, including the ins/outs of drift diving, what to do in a down- or upwelling current, etc. There are two dive locker areas, one right next to the dive shop and the other on the other end of the resort, close to where the shore diving access point is located. Lockers are nice and roomy, and you’ll need to supply your own lock. Rinse tanks for other than camera gear are located right by the dive lockers, plenty big for rinsing your suit, BC, fins, etc. after a dive. As for the diving, it was all drift diving, and the crew did their best to take us to some fantastic dive sites. We had a group of 7 divers, so the resort gave us our own boat and crew, and we had Pepe Canton as our divemaster for the entire week. Pepe was awesome, and could find critters with amazing skill….he must have binoculars for eyes! The crew was top-notch, would have our gear transferred to a fresh tank almost immediately when we got back in the boat after our first dive. Tanks were usually in the 2700-2800 psi range, not quite full, but didn't pose a problems for our group as we were all pretty equal on air consumption. We set up our own gear as we boarded the boat, though, and that’s the way I like it. I’m not keen on having someone else set up my gear, I prefer to do it myself. Bottled water and a juice box was provided after dives, and we would get bottled water and a bag with an apple, a banana, and some wafer cookies after dives on some of the bigger boats when going out on our extra dives. We saw some very impressive Eagle Rays, 8 to 10ft wing span, lots of green and hawksbill turtles, scorpion fish, splendid toad fish, seahorses, spotted morays, tons of angel fish, blue tangs, spotted drums, huge crabs and lobster, octopus, just a few nurse sharks, one baby black tip reef shark sailfin blennies, honeycombed cowfish, lots of varieties of parrot fish, tons of various types of triggerfish, porcupine puffers, and more. Wreck dive Felipe Xicotencatl was fun, lots of fish in and around the wreck, including one very, very long green moray that has made the wreck his home. Twilight dives were a lot of fun as well, and a bargain too – for a little bit more money than just a night dive, it included a night dive right after the twilight dive, so it was a basically two tank dive. One of our night dives was Villa Blanca, and we saw lots of octopus on the reef. Shore diving was easy, just sign out a tank from the shop, carry it to your locker, strap on your BC, head to one of the two entry points, and get wet! Tons of free swimming eels, yellow sting rays, porcupine puffers, crabs, and a sleeping octopus that I found during an early afternoon dive….what a treat!

There are a lot of dive operations in Cozumel, and at times we would be unexpectedly joined by another dive group during our dive, which sometimes made the reef a little crowded.

Overall a great trip, a great resort, and a great dive operation!
Websites Scuba Club Cozumel   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Pompano, Bahamas.
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There I flew United from Reagan National to Cozumel, with a layover in Chicago. Scuba Club Cozumel had a small van pick our group up at the airport and take us to the resort, about 10min away.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving, mandatory safety stop, start ascent at 700psi. Otherwise no restrictions, dives generally 60min, dive guide led each dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was a rinse barrel for cameras on the boat, but that was about it. Bigger camera rigs could be placed on the very large engine cover in our smaller boat. Bigger boats had shelves in the middle of the boat that cameras could be placed on, with large rinse barrels.
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