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

Scuba Du/El Cantil: "Always a Surprise", Jan, 2017,

by Rose Mueller , TX, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 9444.

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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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I was reluctant to go during Christmas Week. I know why as it was unbelievably busy. I cannot believe the changes in Cozumel. 20 planes arrived on the 24th of December. Most days there were 7 or 8 cruise ships. There are so many boats and divers it is difficult for a photographer if not impossible. I also witnessed many things I wish I hadn't. One group of divers had spears and gloves and were literally stabbing the reef while kicking it. On a positive note I will say that Scuba Du does its best to try and move away from the maddening crowd to afford a pleasurable dive. The first dive on Christmas was the best as there were few people. I saw a grouper the size of which I'd only encountered once before in Cozumel and that was about 20 years ago. The same dive provided the largest lobster I'd ever seen. Our 10 year old granddaughter is also now an official junior scuba diver. Great care was given for her safety AND enjoyment. She was quite nervous and Miguel helped allay her fears. They worked hard to find areas where we could dive as well as the young ones in close proximity. Jose Luis did an excellent job planning these dives. The boats are clean and efficient. Safety is always a concern. If the dive were to be over 70 minutes it was okay. I saw more lionfish than in July and they weren't deep. There were few adult drumfish. The toadfish are still hidden in the deep recesses of the reef. There were abundant nurse sharks on every dive. Several were interrupted in their attempts to mate. The reef is healthy and beautiful. I find it so hard to believe with the absolute abuse it receives. The currents must truly aid in its overall health and survival. There was even a seahorse at Yucab. The turtles, too, are plentiful. We saw eagle rays on most dives.
Websites Scuba Du   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Most places it's warm
Closest Airport Cozumel Getting There Through Houston

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 77-80°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We've been with Scuba Du for so many years they know our profiles. I'm sure they execute care with depths. Clients would be screened.
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 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments El Cantil has a tank for soaking cameras. Scuba Du doesn't have a tank on the small boats, but they execute care with the cameras. The currents make for challenging photography, especially my for my subject matter, macro. The Go Pro works well.
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