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

Scuba Club Cozumel, Aug, 2013,

by Robin J. Humphrey, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 7118.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We have been staying at the Scuba Club Cozumel almost since its inception under the Name of Galapagos Hotel. Our younger daughter was married there in 2007 and this trip was to celebrate our 10 year old granddaughter's certification and open ocean dives.
Our family of 7 took a day away from Cozumel to experience the Whale sharks off Isla Mujeres on the mainland. We arranged the trip from home in Florida through with Whale Shark Daddy. We decided on our own boat and hired a professional video photographer. Both decisions proved very fortunate as we were able to devote our time to snorkeling with the sharks with minimal wait time. The photographs and video taken by Mario Chow are superb and an unforgettable keepsake for all of us. "Junior" our guide was superb, and Nestor the boat captain positioned the boat as if were an extension of himself. All of us took the ferry from Cozumel to Cancun at 6:00 for about $20 per, each way.45 minutes later we were picked up by a van arranged for a 45 minute comfortable ride to the marina.
Another 45 minute boat ride aboard the 26ft twin engine very comfortable modern boat, and we arrived at what can only be described as a once in a lifetime wonder
An estimated 60-80, 15 -25 foot fish placidly scooping up plankton with their front-end loader moths agape. Junior helped us position ourselves so the Sharks would cruise by us within 3 -5 feet and we would have to dodge the tail fine as they went by. We enjoyed this incredible experience for a good 4 hours , after which we went to a shallow water beach, ate ceviche prepared by Nestor and drank cold soft drinks and beer. The price for this incredible adventure was less than $2000 for all of us. Worth every penny. We got calm water, excellent visibility and a lucky choice of operator, guide and photographer.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Acapulco, Vieques, San Juan, Palominos, Tucacas , Venezuela, Bonaire, Curacao, San Andres, Cozumel, Sea of Cortes, Socorro Islands, Fiji, Costa Rica, BVI, Honduras, Belize Cenotes, Ft, Lauderdale Key Largo.Tuks & Caicos Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-150 Ft/ 30-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 Ft Max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No longer take U/W pictures
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Subscriber's Comments

By farpointdive in , at Sep 03, 2013 17:05 EST  
thanks so much for this information on the whale sharks...I wondered where you saw them when I read the overall review.
By report author: Robin J. Humphrey in FL, US at Sep 03, 2013 17:32 EST  
The Whale sharks we were with, were 45 minutes from a Marina ,itself 45 minutes South of Playa del Carmen. They hang out between this area and Holbox. The guide takes you to where they happen to be that day. Not sure this answers your question.
By farpointdive in , at Sep 03, 2013 18:10 EST  
Thanks ... I got that you took the ferry from Playa and then were met and driven to the marina and then were able to snorkel with them....still great though! WE have been diving with the Scuba Club for twenty years too. Thanks again! Aurora
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