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

Scuba Du/El Cantil: "Again and Again and Again", Jul, 2015,

by Rose Mueller , TX, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 8281 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Cozumel is close and although familiar, ever changing. The currents are a challenge and somehow manage to keep the reefs healthy and clean; yes, even with the cruise ships. We had a glorious week of sunshine and no rain. The currents weren't as strong as January; but nonetheless fun. The drift from Santa Rosa wall was quite a ride and we covered a great distance. We've remained faithful to Scuba Du for many reasons. They are safe and accommodating. Victor cleans our gear meticulously after every dive and stores it safely. Willy was our captain and was at our exact spot of exit on every dive. Jose Luis was again our guide. He has been one of the constants at Scuba Du. He is perhaps the most genuinely happy person I've met. He LOVES life and diving and people. We were happy to see the return of sea fans. It sounds like a small thing but they've been absent since Wilma. There were many healthy turtles. The groupers were few; but the snappers were many. There are more lobsters and king crabs. We saw fewer toad fish. I believe they have built "movie star" homes so they won't be disturbed. On one safety stop we counted 7 large nurse sharks swimming about in search of food. We stopped by a cave at Tunis and its entrance was covered with sargeant fish. We entered into its bowels and found an 8' green moray eel with monster red banded coral shrimp cleaning it. There was a guardian lobster at its side. It was quite amazing to watch the grooming. Our final day we took our grandchildren on the boat. After the dive we went to Columbia Shallows to snorkel. Amazingly there was an eagle ray; the first I'd seen in the summer months. There were barracuda and small turtles. It was an experience they'll never forget. We encountered about 13 lionfish; most small. It was difficult to leave. El Cantil is a great place to stay. It's close to town and the grocery store is across the street. We rent from the Bakers and they are good to work with.
Websites Scuba Du   El Cantil

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Most places that are warm
Closest Airport cozumel Getting There UA from Houston

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions As we've been long established clients we are able to do as we please. In a controlled situation it depends on the level of experience. Our bottom time is not restriced. Some dives were over 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments There is no tank on the boat to soak the cameras. At El Cantil there is a tank especially for that purpose. The photos are difficult because of the currents and sensitivity to the reef. It requires great bouyancy to take still shots. Most have gone to the Go Pro and the videos are quite nice, especially with the sun.
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