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

Scuba Du/El Cantil: "Unexpected Mating", Jul, 2017,

by Rose Mueller , TX, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 9660.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Yes, once again I returned. I am constantly surprised by the changes with each visit. There was basically NO current with the exception of one day, the day I chose to return to Cedral Wall. There was a 5 knot current on the wall itself. We moved to the pass and it was like being in a tornado with the sand whipping through. This was 2 days before the full moon. We saw few turtles. There were few nurse sharks, but those we saw were huge. There were few grouper, but 2 very large schools of snapper. The most interesting spectacle was the mating ritual of 2-1" dragonets. Yes, it was a photographers delight. The night dive was great. There were several juvenile file fish. There were no octopus, which was disappointing. There were dolphins playing on a return trip. Our granddaughter and guide dove in to snorkel with them. This isn't a usual occurrence. Scuba Du is efficient and safe. Jorge runs a smooth ship. Jose Luis does a good job as a dive guide. Victor still keep are suits and gear immaculate. Oh that every dive destination had a Victor! On a positive note, the cruise ships are going away. Perhaps I'll see the old Cozumel again. It will devastate the economy as it became dependent on them. There were fewer divers than I've ever seen over the 4th. I think the airfare has much to do with it. The all- inclusive resorts get a better rate on airfare, which I believe we subsidize. Los Buccanos is now open from Wednesday through Saturday evening. They have air conditioned indoor seating now. It is pricey by Cozumel standards, but exquisitely prepared food awaits. It is also immaculately clean. There is much talk about Al Pie del Carbon. Perhaps it's okay for a hamburger but don't order the seafood. We ordered shrimp and lobster and I swear they were cooked on a grill where a hamburger was just lifted. They were also incinerated. La Choza is still great for fajitas and deep fried whole snapper. Guidos has lost its touch along with the owner that has retreated to New York.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Most places it's warm
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There Houston or via Cancun to Playa del Carmen and ferry to Cozumel

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions I think it depends on ability. The groups are small and well appointed. They would not let one be careless. We rent a private boat which gives us an advantage as to selected dive sites. We really have no desire to do deep diving so it isn't an issue.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments There is no accommodation on the samll boat for cameras. Willie, our captain, was careful in handling the cameras. There is a soak tank at El Cantil for the cameras.
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