The hotel and its surrounds are very pleasant, clean and tidy. There are about 80 rooms in a number of different blocks. The Dive centre is part of the complex but they seem to run it as a separate enterprise. There’s also a dive shop across the road to buy anything you’ve forgotten – although it’s not that cheap. I paid about $1100 for 7 nights full board with 5 days diving. You could help yourself to water and coffee at anytime.
The main sun terrace of this hotel was quite spacious. There were plenty of sunbeds and hammocks to relax on. The pool however was very small – not much chance to spread your limbs. To access the sea you could either dive off two of the piers or climb down the metal ladders. It really was ideal for divers and quick access to the boats for the off-shore dives.
Watch out for the hidden tax charges. Some things they quote clearly such as “$45 + tax” and others they state as “$45”. The latter of these is without tax and not inclusive of tax – everything has 11% tax added to it so watch out.
The rooms were a bit damp smelling but generally clean and tidy. The air con worked well but it was a bit noisy. The ceiling fan could be turned up high which felt like sitting under a helicopter. At any speed it was a bit noisy. I had a small lizard for company during my stay – I figured I’d keep it around to eat any insects that wandered in.
The rooms and hotel had wi-fi available in all locations; however, there were no sockets to connect your Ethernet cable to if your wi-fi had problems.
Plenty of food at all meal times which was generally nicely prepared and tasty. If you’re a vegan then don’t expect much choice as most Mexican foods contain meat, fish, cheese or cream. Breakfast consisted of fruit, cereal, Mexican dishes, pancakes, etc. Lunch and dinner were 3 course meals and they had a reasonable choice. By the way the vegetarian meal had prawns as a starter – figure that one out.
One great advantage of this destination is that after the 2 dives you get in your package you can have as many shore dives as you want for free. You just sign for a tank and dive where you like. I had a few night dives from the shore next to the hotel. It’s not the most exciting diving but you do get to see lots of life at night. I saw octopus, slipper lobster, a huge spiky lobster, seahorse, morays, rays, parrot fish, hermits, shrimp, to name a few. Max depth was about 20ft.
The packaged diving was fairly varied. We did a mix of deep (130ft) and shallow dives (45ft). I saw rays, toad fish, nurse sharks, lots of turtles, plus the usual array of tropical fish. It’s not as colourful as say the Red Sea, Thailand or the Philippines but is certainly better than Cuba and the Stoney Cove in the UK.
Most of the dives incur an amount of current. This can get fairly strong which means you don’t get much chance to stop and look in crevices. The visibility was usually very good.
I also paid extra for a day’s diving in the Cenotes on the mainland. You can arrange this through the hotel reception and you’ll pay about £90 for the day. If you organise this before you go you can hunt around and get it much cheaper. You do have to get the ferry (about £10 each way) across to Playa Del Carmen at 7am. It’s a great experience and many of the divers I went with thought it was their best dive ever – I thought it was cool but I wouldn’t go that far.
You can also do a Bull shark feeding dive from the mainland. I can’t remember which dive operator did this but it cost about £85 for one dive with them. You should organise this before you go as the hotel could not arrange this for us.
The dive resort staff operated like a well oiled machine but the outfit seemed to lack any personality. Make sure all your equipment is working and present before each dive as they don’t take any spares out with them – if you haven’t got an item with you (e.g. forgotten mask) then hard luck. A few extras you might need to pay for: Torch (£7), Nitrox (£7 per tank), wreck dive (£33), twilight dive which was actually 2 dives (£45).
On most dives abroad you normally get a hard plastic box/create to put your dive stuff in to make things easier to carry. You also normally get a place to hang and store your gear after the dive to dry. Here, you get a locker (which you need to have your own padlock) and no hanger. Also, you need to carry your own gear in whatever bag you brought it in to the boat. If you want to dry your stuff after the diving you need to take it to your room and hang it on your balcony which is a bit of a hassle.
Hotel service was very good. They were constantly available with additional free water and other drinks (which cost extra).
The hotel is situated about 25 mins walk from the main centre – that of San Miguel. If you want a taxi expect to pay about 60 pesos (£3.50) each way. It’s clean and modern in town but was very quiet at this time of year. You do see loads of cruise ships coming and going throughout the day. I can imagine in summer it gets very busy at times. There are lots of bars and restaurants in town as well as McDonalds and Starbucks.
I didn’t see one but a couple of people got the odd bite sitting outside. There were exceptionally few insects around.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Scuba Club Cozumel is one of the few dedicated dive resorts in Cozumel. With 60 air-conditioned ocean front rooms, each with its own private balcony. Every detail has been made to make a divers vacation as easy as possible with all the services you need in one convenient location. Resort amenities include a private beach, fresh water swimming pool, 2 Restaurants and bar, small work out room, FREE WiFi and a 5 Star Dive center. The rooms are just a few feet from our private dock where our 7 custom dive boats will pick you up. Store your gear mere feet away from the unlimited beach diving day or night that is included in our dive packages. Never be rushed to make a dive as our restaurant and dive schedule are coordinated to make sure you can relax and enjoy your vacation. We have given the "DIVE, EAT, SLEEP" another dimension with superb food, quality service and a first class dive operation. Located 1 mile south of downtown Cozumel, it's an easy walk to check out the town. Our on-site 5 Star dive operator offers instruction from beginner to Divemaster with a host of specialties. Daily dive trips along with additional excursions such as Night Dives, Twilight Dives and Wreck dives are also available. There are a lot of activities available after the dives that can be reserved by the front desk or just hang out on our oceanside hammocks. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Scuba Club Cozumel Hotel Cozumel
- Scuba Hotel Cozumel
- Cozumel Scuba Hotel