We got the 5/4/3 package (5 nights, 4 days of diving, 3 meals a day) and stayed here in November.
The hotel: This was a cute hotel with Mexican décor. Note the hotel is not actually all-inclusive in the sense that alcohol and tips are not included. We certainly got plenty to eat though. You don’t want to stay here unless you like to dive. It’s a great place for divers, but there is not much else to do. This is an early-to-bed, early-to-rise kind of place. Actually, I think the whole island is like that. The basic schedule is 7am: get up, eat breakfast, and get ready for the boat dive. 8:15am: leave for the boat dive. 1pm: return from the boat dives, clean up, and eat a late lunch. Then nap. Maybe do an afternoon or night dive if you feel up to it. Eat dinner some time between 6pm and 9pm. Then sleep. There was a pool that looked clean and I never saw any one actually using it. If you are coming with a group of diving friends and you can entertain yourselves, this is a great place to stay. If you want sources of entertainment besides diving, you might want to try one of the other all-inclusive resorts. Downtown was only about a 10-minute walk away. Even downtown is pretty dead when the cruise ships are not in town.
The rooms: We were in room 20. If we come back I would ask to stay here again. This room is on the 3rd floor of the building behind the restaurant. It had a king sized bed, refrigerator, plenty of table space, a porch with space to hang wet dive gear, and it had an alcove that had additional seating space. I’m glad the room had the alcove, otherwise it would have been cramped. The A/C unit blew directly into the alcove and not over the bed (fortunately), otherwise I would have been freezing. The bathroom was not air-conditioned, but it did have a small window to get some air circulation. The bathroom did not have a tub, just a shower. There were no hooks to hang wet gear in the bathroom. I thought the bed was very comfortable although harder than what I have at home. The pillows on the other hand were way too thick for me. There was bottled water in the hallway right outside our room, and a pitcher in our room to keep a fresh supply handy. They tell you the water is potable but not suitable to drink. I’m not sure exactly what that means but don’t drink it.
The diving: I think that the best thing about SCC is the boat crew and divemasters. Budda was a blast and very helpful getting on and off the boat, and our divemaster Choky was really nice and great at helping us find what we wanted to find, including a toadfish! We were on a large catamaran (Reef Cat) that usually had about 16 divers split among 2 divemasters. There was plenty of space on the boat and plenty of shade. There were also some smaller boats but I liked the catamaran. Most of our dives were 50-60 minutes. We are somewhat new divers (~50 dives) but you will find all kinds of divers at SCC.
Shore diving from the hotel is really easy. The dive shop is open throughout the day (until 6pm) to check out tanks, and there are rinse tanks and plenty of lockers close to the area where you can do a shore dive. There is also a protected swim-through area which makes it easy to enter the water with your dive gear on. There is no coral next to the hotel, but there is still plenty to see in the rubble and around the dock. We did a twilight dive and night dive at the hotel and saw octopus, a large eel, sea slugs, and plenty of small creatures.
For rental pricing: I believe BCD, regs, and dive computer are each about $10 a day. My own dive computer broke, so I rented a Suunto Gekko for $10. I didn’t use any other rental equipment but it looked fine. Nitrox is $10 a tank.
The food: The food was okay, but eating at the same place gets old after a few days. For breakfast, they have pancakes, French toast, cereal, fruit, pastries, eggs prepared many different ways (scrambled, huevos rancheros, omelettes, …), bacon/sausage and hash browns. If you got a meal plan, each day at breakfast you would make your selection for lunch and dinner. For lunch, you had the option of picking the special of the day, or selecting off of a standard menu which had a dozen or so Mexican entrees and dozen or so American entrees. (If you picked off the standard menu, you could make your selection at lunchtime rather than breakfast.) For dinner, you had a choice of 3 meat entrees (typically 1 seafood, 1 beef or pork, and 1 chicken) and 1 vegetarian entrée. The Mexican and Mayan specialties were hit-or-miss. If there is one thing they should improve on, it is the bread. If I go back to SCC, I might consider getting a package with just breakfast and possibly lunch, and then eat out for dinner. It is within walking distance of many good restaurants.