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Dive Review of Scuba Du/El Presidente in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/Cozumel

Scuba Du/El Presidente: "Great hotel for a family with non-divers. Good Cozumel diving.", Sep, 2021,

by Bill Schlegel, MO, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 11575.

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Grandsons' certification dive. El Presedented pool.  Ocean view. Mayan ruins tour.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments El Presidente recently underwent a remodeling. Accommodations are very nice and hotel service is excellent. Several excellent restaurants, buffets and bars on site. Nice pool. Rather nice beach with the possibility of beach diving and snorkeling, which is sometimes hard to find in Cozumel. You can do it as an all inclusive. The package we had included buffet breakfast and daily lunch with dinner every other night due to plans to go off site (down town) for dinner other nights. Can honestly say this is one of the top 2-3 hotels (or the top) in Cozumel at this time as I've been to all the others within the last 2 years. Great place for non-divers in the family who can enjoy the pool, beach and food while the diver in the family is out chasing fish.
Dive operator on site is Scuba Du, a large and well run operator who has been in business for many years. Their history over several decades of operation has been excellent. They have an office at the hotel pier. Rental equipment appears new. Experienced instructors are available for those who need them. We experienced several sizes of dive boats during the week we were there, ranging in size from the classic Cozumel 6-pack to those large enough for 12-15 divers. If you have experience with another Cozumel dive operation, and you can stay at the El Presidente that other operator who will pick you up at the hotel.
Saw several turtles while diving. Cozumel has had a well run turtle hatching project for years and that seems to be working (not part of the hotel). You can donate some $ and get involved in assisting turtle hatchlings. This is seasonal, and requires searching the east coast of the with a guide, looking for a hatching at night, If successful in finding one, you help them get into the sea.
Lots of medium sized schools of typical Caribbean reef fish but not big many Pelagic species were seen. Rays (eagle rays and sting rays) are seasonal and you are there from the fall into the early spring you will see more. Was not hard to find octopus. Lots of lobsters and channel crabs.
Websites Scuba Du   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving About everywhere.
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There No problems with Am. Airlines.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 75-150 Ft/ 23-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Drift diving. Stay with the group. Your dive may be limited by air consumption of the rest of the group, depending on number of divers and number of dive masters in the water.
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 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Only concession to photographers was a camera bucket. That varies from boat to boat.
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