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

Scuba Du/El Cantil: "La Isla de Cozumel", Jul, 2016,

by Rose Mueller , TX, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 8972 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]How fortunate we were with the weather; calm seas, the strong sun with its rays affording incredible beauty and visibility. The currents were light or non existent. Having read the current issue of Undercurrent, we are fortunate to have Cozumel so close. The soft coral is magnificent as are the hard corals. I've always attributed it to the strong currents that keep this area so very clean. The sponges have shapes that are magical. They have been worked by the currents. They are gigantic and plentiful. Sadly, there aren't the fish that one should see. There is simply too much overfishing. I didn't see a single hogfish. There are few grouper; but happily one seen was at least 4 1/2 feet. There are even few barracuda. The toadfish are now in mega villas. They have adapted. We did see 5 nurse shark on a single dive on Cedral Wall. There were few lion fish above 100' and the ones encountered are small. There were many turtles and even two loggerheads. We've always hired a private boat with Scuba Du for our photography. Jorge, the owner is very accommodating. Jose Luis has been our guide for many years. Being a dive guide is not a job it's a way of life for him. He has a great love for Cozumel, the marine environment and divers. This was a particularly special occasion in that our 11 year old granddaughter completed her open water certification. She dove with Abraham and he was amazing with her - patient and caring and most of all fun. Interestingly enough, my husband and I began "warm water" diving in Cozumel in 1988 after being certified in Montana. Our children, likewise, began diving in Cozumel. Scuba Du now has 3 generations. If I were to have one complaint it would be about a dive master that passed us with his 10 divers trailing behind. As I had a finger on a sponge to patiently wait for them to pass, the guide began chastising me for touching a sponge. I watched as his divers kicked the reef with their fins and grabbed on to whatever was available. No, there wasn't a guide at the end of the "line" to curtail their harmful activity. I am a firm advocate of reef preservation and using great care in not touching those things that can definitely be harmed; but some guides in Cozumel are becoming too empowered without realizing they need to watch their own groups more carefully. They equate having a camera with reef destruction. El Cantil is an ideal place to stay. It is on the water. The grocery store is across the street. The rooms are cleaned daily. Albert, the person that had the vision to construct the condominiums, showed us the 3 units that replaced his restaurant, La Prima. They are single bedroom units; but very well done. He is presently converting his home into additional condos. Le Chef has expanded and moved one door down. I asked if they'd do a lobster tail dinner and they obliged. It was amazing! Their lobster sandwich is still a favorite. The pork or shrimp fajitas at La Choza are a must.
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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 from Houston quite easy but so expensive for such a short trip.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-90 Ft/ 18-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]We've been with Scuba Du so long we dive our chosen profiles. As we're photographers, we aren't interested in "deep" or careless diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]El Cantil has a tank for soaking cameras.
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