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Dive Review of scuba club cozumel in
Cozumel and the Mexican Yucatan/cozumel island

scuba club cozumel, Dec, 2005,

by Glen Kitchens, nm, usa (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 2194.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving numerous carribean; australia; fiji; papua new guinea; truk; yap; palau; florida keys;
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions max depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Scuba Club's boats are well set up for keeping cameras safe. Dunk tanks are at rear close to boat exit point. Boat crews are very cautious when handling your gear.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I was set to visit Cozumel the week after Wilma settled down on the island, so I didn't get there until first week of December. The first thing I noticed on landing is the lack of green - all the trees were denuded by the winds, but the leaves are already growing back. A similar statement can be made for the island in general. The place sustained a lot of damage, but it is coming back fast!

The locals (friendliest people you will ever meet) are literally working around the clock to get Cozumel whipped back into shape. The streets are clean & clear of debris. Many of the southern high-rise hotels had their glass walls blown out but the solid concrete (even the bed bases) Scuba Club is open & doing their usual fine job of catering to divers. Both restaurants & bar are open & all facilities are operational. Their boat dock was destroyed & now lies on the bottom attracting marine life. The boats are using the swim dock to load & it works out fine. The two cruise ship docks were heavily damaged, but that didn't stop the ships. Cozumel has plenty of tenders which bring the cruisers to shore - however, not in the herds you would expect previous to the hurricane.

The diving is still good. The sponges took a beating & most have disappeared on the shallower dives. Also some of the shallower reefs have been coated w/ sand, but overall the diving is as good as ever. The shore dive off Scuba Club is very good at dusk when numerous octopus come out to feed. As usual, a trip to Cozumel is a very good value.

Be sure to confirm your flights! Continental has cancelled some. My return flight out of Cozumel was cancelled & I was rerouted to Cancun for the flight back to Houston. This was no problem as the ferry runs to Playa del Carmen every hour, & very comfortable shuttle buses ($7.50 ea.)run to Cancun airport every 15 minutes. Don't worry about hurricane damage - Cozumel's still worth the trip!
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