Scuba Club Cozumel Review

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Are you looking for a resort that is all about scuba diving?  If you are, then you need not look any further than Scuba Club Cozumel!  At Scuba Club Cozumel, the breakfast and lunches revolve around diving, the guests are all focused on diving. Even the beautiful shoreline revolves around diving by giving you an easy shore dive access and use of unlimited shore dive tanks provided by the dive shop!  Scuba Club Cozumel is a scuba diver's dream resort.

Scuba Club Cozumel is located less than one mile south of San Miguel’s downtown area.  Built in 1976, the 61 room multi-level Spanish-Colonial building is a timeless design that melts into the water front.  Designed by divers, for divers, Scuba Club Cozumel was Cozumel’s first diver dedicated resort on the Island. Scuba diving is not a glamour sport, and glamour is not in the resort’s DNA. There is no hype, no pretentiousness, just a clean, functional and safe resort to serve all a diver’s needs for a week of diving adventures.

The Island of Cozumel

Scuba Club Cozumel is located on the caribbean island of Cozumel.  The island is about 30 miles long and 10 miles wide. The majority of population and services are located in the town of San Miguel.  Exploring the island can be done in a single day with a little effort. There is a two lane highway that runs along the entire coastline of the island, making for a fun day of driving the loop on a scooter or in a rental car.  Mexico has had some bad press lately as crime, violence and corruption has been reported across the country. The dangerous activity has been kept off the island of Cozumel. Criminals don’t last long in Cozumel, the island's economy relies on tourism and diving, the locals and the authorities are vigilantly watching for any criminal activity and act fast to resolve any issues.  

Customer Service

The staff at Scuba Club Cozumel makes it abundantly clear that this resort is all about you the first moment you step foot through the guard gated entrance.  From the office staff, maids, guards, waiters and cooks to the dive shop crew, divemasters, boat crew, and captains, everyone at Scuba Club Cozumel is prioritizing your comfort, enjoyment and safety.  You will not need Google translate for the word “No”, as it is not a word in the staff’s vocabulary!

Scuba Club Cozumel Resort Amenities

The timeless design and well maintained grounds of Scuba Club Cozumel gives you the authentic mexican resort experience.  Tile and stucco are the theme throughout the resort, from the roof, halls and walls of the exterior, to the floors, bathrooms and walls of the interior rooms.  Other amenities include guard gated entrance, beautiful courtyard, freshwater swimming pool, restaurant (breakfast and lunch included, dinner optional), full service bar, 24 hour gym, WiFi throughout the resort, laundry service and fresh bottled drinking water for all rooms.

Gated Entrance

There is one entry and exit point to Scuba Club Cozumel that is staffed 24/7 with a Guard.  The guard also double duties as a doorman who is quick to chase down a taxi for any guest looking for a ride into town (which is 10 minutes by foot).

Courtyard

From the gated entrance you enter the main courtyard.  This is the central location of the resort with access to the office, pool, restaurant and hallway leading to the Dive Shop.  The courtyard area is beautiful, with local stone carvings, tropical flowers and plants.

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool is surrounded buy a deck with lounge chairs that overlook the waterfront.  This is a great place to unwind after a day of diving, with the bar and restaurant located next to the pool, a sundowner is just steps away!

Restaurant 

The quality and taste of food at the restaurant is surprising considering it only caters to guests of the resort.  Breakfast and lunch are included in your stay at Scuba Club Cozumel. Dinner are optional and are an extra charge. There is a complimentary Mexican Beach Party on Friday nights that is served buffet style on the waterfront, we highly recommend planning to attend the party, the food is amazing!

Breakfast

For early risers, coffee is served starting at 6AM, the restaurant opens early enough in the morning so everyone can have a filling meal before the dive boats take off from the dock.  Breakfast is served buffet style with about 4 different types of eggs (some with a mexican twist), breakfast burritos, hash browns, bacon, fruit, yogurt and cereal to choose from. There is something delicious to eat, even for the pickiest of eaters.  Orange juice, milk, coffee and tea are also available to drink.

Lunch

Lunch is served at the table from a robust mexican food focused menu.  The Tacos de Carne were the big hit with the AquaZealot team, by the end of our week stay, the waiter told us we ate them out of Tacos de Carne and all they had left were beef tacos. (Yes, they are the same thing, and as good as the food was, the waiters were even better!)  Hot tortilla chips and fresh made salsa taste out of this world after a morning of diving, along with a salad bar to round out what was our team’s favorite meal of the day. Ice cream for dessert is a great way to finish off your lunch.

The Bar

The bar is located within the restaurant, and has the only T.V. in the resort.  With its close location to the restaurant and the pool, it is easy to get a drink, or 6, while you relax.  The bar is not shy about serving strong drinks, and we highly recommend the margaritas. They are strong and are served in a large fish bowl sized glass, so be careful, one will make you happy, two may send you to bed early!

Gym

A air-conditioned exercise room is open 24 hours a day.  The room includes a treadmill, stair climber and stationary bike, enough equipment to work off all those tacos de carne you will be consuming for lunch.

WiFi

WiFi is available throughout the resort and rooms.  It is fast and consistent, surfing the web or streaming your favorite Youtube channels is not a problem.

Laundry Service

Full service laundry is available at the resort and takes about 24 hours turnaround time.  The price is very reasonable at around $7 USD per load.

Bottled Water

Mexico’s city water is well known for its G.I. problems it can cause to tourists.  Scuba Club Cozumel makes this a non issue with bottled water coolers in the hallways of the resort.  Each room has a water pitcher you use to fill with drinking water for each room. The water is clean, safe, and tastes great, which means it does not have a taste at all.

Room

The rooms at Scuba Club Cozumel are very diver friendly.  Floors are tile throughout, no carpet, and the bathrooms are large, with free standing showers that offer plenty of room for washing your gear.  Each room has a balcony with rod on the wall for hanging your dive gear. The rooms are air conditioned and all have a mini fridge for any refrigerated in room snacks you may need.  There is no phone or T.V. in any of the rooms at Scuba CLub Cozumel, so if you came to paradise to sit in your room and watch T.V., go somewhere else for your stay! If in room entertainment is a must for you, the WiFi is more than fast enough to stream your favorite Youtube channel, but Netflix will not be available across international borders.

Dive Shop

Scuba Club Cozumel has its own in-house dive shop, Scuba Cozumel.  The dive shop, a 5 star PADI facility, is where all dive operations are scheduled and managed.  They have all the rental gear on location, including weights, bcds, regulators, masks, fins, snorkels and 3 mm shorty wetsuits.  There is a retail dive shop location directly across the street from Scuba Club Cozumel for all other of your dive related gear needs.   

Boats

There are 7 dive boats servicing Scuba Club Cozumel dive operations.  The Dive Cat and Reef cat are diesel catamarans that can fit 14 to 20 divers in comfort on a stable platform.  The Reef Diver (12 to 15 passengers), Reef Star (14 to 20 passengers), Coral Diver, Observer, Scuba II (all 8 to 10 passengers) are monohull boats.  All boats have bathrooms, covered decks, sun decks, camera tables and rinse tanks. The dive boats have large stern ramps for easy access to the water and deep, large ladders for getting back on the boat after your dive.  The boats are clean and very functional as a dive platform.

Boat Crew

The Boat crew is great!  You decide how much or little you want to handle your dive tanks, bcd and regulator, and the crew is always on the stern to help you get your gear on to go diving and lift your gear, and yourself, out of the water when you are finished with your dive.

Divemasters

The dive masters at Scuba Club Cozumel are so helpful, informative and always looking to make every dive a great experience.  Typically you will be paired up with a divemaster for your entire stay so you get to really know your divemaster well.

Scuba Diving Cozumel

Cozumel consistently ranks as a top ten diving destination in the world.  The lush walls, healthy reefs and high speed currents makes Cozumel ideal diving for beginner to advanced divers.  Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park protects the reef system around the island making for a very healthy Caribbean reef home for 26 coral and over 500 species of fish.  Scuba Diving Cozumel is truly drift diving at its best!

Shore Diving

Unlimited shore dives are included with your stay at Scuba Club Cozumel.  The resort built a genius shore diving entrance and exit saltwater pool, a staircase built into the shoreline leads to the waste deep pool, which is connected to the open ocean by a surface swim through a tunnel, simple, yet brilliant and convenient.  Tanks are checked out for free from the dive shop and can be stored in lockers right next to the shore dive staircase. The lockers allow you to checkout as many dive takes as you like to store in the lockers for night dives, as the dive shop does close before dark.  The shore dive is 20 to 25 feet, with a slow to moderate current. The shore dive artificial reef is a combination of rock pilings, and old pier pillars. The dive landscape is fairly bland, but there is abundant marine life including spotted morays, sharptail eels, yellow rays, banded coral shrimp and more.  There is a used tank area, close to the staircase, for dropping your tanks after your dive. The shore dive is basic, but it is free, convenient and offers great shore access for more time breathing underwater.

Scuba Club Cozumel Advice and Tips

Our team has put together some tips and advice we learned over the week plus stay we had at Scuba Club Cozumel for you to maximize your comfort and enjoyment.  

Snacks

We highly recommend eating all your breakfasts and lunches at the resort.  The meals are good and have many options for the most fussy of eaters. However, we found the dinners to be narrow on options.  Dinner is optional at Scuba Club Cozumel, so less people eat dinners compared to breakfast and lunch. While the dinners where good, you only have three entrees to choose from, where as for breakfast and lunch you have 10 to 20 options.  We recommend either going out to dinner, or grabbing snacks at the grocery stores just a couple blocks north of the resort. With the mini fridge in your room you can choose from a wide range of snacks to have in your room for a light dinner if going out does not appeal to you.

Sink the Stink

There is something in the water in Cozumel that brings out an extra special odor in your wetsuits after a couple of days of diving.  You can rinse your wetsuit everyday, you can even use soap, but the smell is still there. We highly recommend bringing Sink the Stink, not only for your own benefit, but for your dive buddy and boat mates benefit as well, it is the only cleaner we found that kept the smell at bay for the week.

Shore Dives

We recommend a shore dive on the day you arrive.  It is a great way to relax on your first day. Be sure to grab your tanks at the dive shop early, as they close at 5pm.  Also, bring a padlock for the dive lockers at the shore so you do not have to lug all your gear back to your room and you can store your shore dive tanks in these lockers as well.

Booking

You cannot book directly through Scuba Club Cozumel.  All bookings are done through Scuba Diving specific travel agencies.  This is done to ensure guests are scuba divers, as this is a dive resort first and foremost.  We booked through Ultimate Dive Travel, and were very happy with their service. Bonus tip: Scuba Club Cozumel does have some larger rooms that allow quad occupancy. This is great way to save money for a close knit group or family of 4.

Conclusions

Scuba Club Cozumel is a great dive focused resort.  It is clean, functional and a great base for all diving Cozumel has to offer.  Food is good, service is excellent, and the rooms are both comfortable and have a unique Mexican Hacienda feel.  However, if you are looking for hot tubs, spa massages, room service, 50 channels in your room to channel surf and all around pampering then Scuba Club Cozumel is not for you.  Scuba Diving is not a glamour sport, and Scuba Club Cozumel is not a glamour resort, but it is everything a diver could ever ask for when focused on a dive trip.

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