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Scuba Club Cozumel

Cozumel, Mexico

 

Travel tips to Cozumel

 

Located on the waterfront one mile south of the downtown ferry dock, an attractive multi-level building of Spanish-Colonial architecture blends in with the waterfront.

Built in 1976 as Cozumel’s first dedicated diver’s resort, Scuba Club Cozumel is still a very intimate place where Cozumel Aficionados find convenience and good value. Designed and built — by divers for divers — to provide all services in one convenient place.

The resort is private, safe, and secluded from the crowds you’ll find downtown, but is still close enough to walk to town. The courtyard area is rich with tropical plants adorned with local stone carvings and exotic flowers. There are only 61 rooms, finished in tile and stucco. Each has individual character with a feel of Mexican heritage. All rooms have a private terrace and are air-conditioned.

SCUBA-Cozumel, a PADI 5-Star Dive Shop is conveniently located on the premises. Across the street in a small annex, there is a well-stocked retail dive shop as well as a gift shop.

Divers board the boats every morning from the hotel’s large private pier. Guests can also enjoy shallow diving and snorkeling right in front of the resort. Things are usually very quiet during the day. Non-divers have the beach and the swimming pool to themselves…

Or they might decide to relax with a book in a swinging hammock under the shade of a beach palapa.

The “Fat Grouper Grill” awaits the return of hungry divers. The resort has two restaurants that operate on schedules based on diving activities so you never have to worry about waiting around or making a reservation.

From the rooftop patio guests enjoy a beautiful view of Cozumel’s blue water. Scuba Club Cozumel was voted one of the top 10 dive resorts and dive operators worldwide and #1 Best Value by the readers of Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine. It is THE place for sport scuba divers to meet and enjoy the very best of Cozumel!

Photographs courtesy of Scuba Club Cozumel

 

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Accommodations

The rooms at Scuba Club Cozumel are spacious, comfortable and have an individual character with a feel of Mexican heritage. All the rooms have a private terrace and most have an ocean view. All rooms are air-conditioned and have ceiling fans, hair dryers, alarm clocks, and a small refrigerator.

Rooms are available in single, double or triple occupancy. King size beds are available, as well as rooms with two doubles. Larger family rooms have two doubles and an additional sitting area with a twin-size bed.

Finished in tile and stucco, they are ready for wet divers. Many of the rooms on the ground floor are just a few steps away from the beach. There are drying racks for dive suits on each terrace.  A few rooms have been remodeled to accommodate the needs of handicapped divers.

Since a diving vacation should also be relaxing, rooms do not have a TV or a telephone. There is free high speed WiFi throughout the resort allowing online access 24 hours a day from the comfort of your own room or patio.

 

Dining

Meals are included in your package at Scuba Club Cozumel and they are served at our two restaurants located in the center of the resort at “the Fat Grouper Grill”. Downstairs is open-air for breakfast buffet style and sit down diver’s lunch, with a bar and two TV monitors for watching sports and reviewing the days video production.

Upstairs is the main dining room which is air conditioned and has an ocean view for spectacular sunsets. Every evening there is a different selection of entrees, comprised of red meat, poultry and seafood, with a taste of the cuisine from the Yucatan region. Vegetarian meals and special diets can be prepared on advanced notice.

Usually once a week we have a Mexican beach party, which includes a full buffet of Mexican dishes. The festivities are completed with a piñata enjoyed by all!

 

Diving

Scuba-Cozumel is the in-house dive operation for Scuba Club Cozumel resort. This PADI 5-Star facility and full service dive center is located inside the hotel premises and includes an air filling station consisting of four compressors and a four-stage filtering system, a full line of rental gear and basic repairs shop, as well as an International Training Center offering specialty courses and certification at all levels. All diving activities and dive trips are coordinated and scheduled here.

A fleet of seven customized diesel boats are available to safely transport divers to the dive sites. The boats are different sizes and can accommodate from 10 to 20 divers. Equipped with dive platforms and sturdy ladders, marine radios, oxygen and first aid trained crews, they will be ready for boarding every morning at the Club’s comfortable pier, right after breakfast. Diving guests are normally assigned to the same boat, crew and u/w guide for the length of their stay.

We have a full time staff of guides and PADI instructors who are eager to share with you their knowledge and the beautiful reefs in their backyard. We offer all the PADI courses and specialties and run daily dive trips & dive activities to all the reefs in the National Underwater Park.

A complete rental program is available at the Resort location and a well stocked retail shop is just across the street.

Dive gear lockers and freshwater rinsing tubs are conveniently located just a few steps away from the docks next to the dive center and on the opposite end of the beach next to the pool. It only takes a few minutes to rinse your equipment and put it away, ready for the next dive. Bring your own padlock, as they are not provided.

You’ll find great diving right offshore from the resort. The jagged ironshore limestone wall gives refuge to many juvenile reef fish, lobsters, crabs, octopus, and even an occasional seahorse – great for macro photography. Depth is about 15′-25′ and access is easy from either of the piers using the specially built stairs, complete with hand rails. A very easy exit is found through a tunnel, that leads to a waist deep saltwater pool and a short staircase up to the deck. Night dives here are fantastic offering unique and memorable creature encounters.

Immediately across the street from the resort you’ll find our PADI 5-Star Dive Center retail store.

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Cozumel Travel Tips

With a Mexican heart and a Caribbean soul, Cozumel is a paradise where tradition, flavor and joy come together. You will always find a friendly face and a warm welcome to make your stay an unforgettable one.

Famous all over the world for its coral reefs, there are plenty of water sports such as diving, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, kayaking and more. Cozumel's mostly undeveloped territory at the center of the island is covered by jungle and swampy lagoons, which are home to tiny mammals and endemic birds that have never left the island. Noteworthy is the Chankanaab National Park, a Cozumel icon, and the Punta Sur Ecological Reserve. This huge protected area at the southern tip of the island includes Punta Celarain and its historical lighthouse, as well as the Colombia Lagoon, a shelter for many of the island's endemic species, as well as other endangered forms of life, such as marine turtles and their nesting areas.

With its beautiful beaches and exotic locale, Cozumel is an ideal destination where honeymooners can enjoy colorful and breathtaking sunsets, moonlit walks on secluded beaches, swim through crystal clear blue waters and romantic candlelight dinners.

The choice of activities are boundless in Cozumel: golden beaches, turquoise waters, friendly people, typical festivals, scattered Mayan ruins, great restaurants, a myriad of duty-free stores, diving, golfing, romance, and a whole new world where everybody has a place under the sun. Let the magic surround you; let us captivate your heart with the sweet magic of paradise. Come to Cozumel and Live the Experience!

What to Expect in Cozumel

CLIMATE Weather: Average temperatures range between 77° F to 86° F (25° C to 30° C). The hottest time of the year runs from May to September (especially on the coasts), and it gets cooler from October to April.

CURRENCY Mexico's currency is the Mexican Peso. There are one hundred Mexican cents (centavos) to every Peso. The rate of exchange fluctuates daily against the Dollar. Most of Cozumel's Banks with ATM machines are found within the commercial centre of the main town. During business hours, they and the Casas de Cambio will buy traveler's checks and cash from you as well.

DEPARTURE TAX Departure tax is normally included in the cost of your ticket. Please check with your airline or ticketing agent for details. If it is not included, it is payable at check in for your flight home. You may use Pesos, Visa or MasterCard. DRINKING WATER Generally, the tap water in Mexico is not safe for drinking; however, in tourist areas, many larger resorts purify their water for consumption. Most hotels and restaurants will provide bottled water in your room or upon your request. DRIVERS LICENSE U.S. drivers’ licenses are valid in Mexico. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS U.S. Citizens are required to produce a valid passport and a return or ongoing ticket. There are special requirements concerning minors under the age of 18 years old. Please contact the Department of State for more information. ELECTRICITY 120 V; 60 Hz. Any electrical equipment you carry with you that operates at the higher (240v) rate will need to be dual-voltage (e.g. hair driers). A lot of electrical equipment (like video cameras, digital cameras, laptops) that operate on 12 volts via a product-specific adaptor should easily work with dual voltage - check the adaptor and the device instructions to be sure. You may need a socket adaptor. Most plugs in Mexico are the same as in the US, ie. two flat prongs. Some have a third, circular prong for grounding, and adapters can be sought for these too if the plug you want to connect to doesn't have the third (grounding) prong socket. MARINE PARK FEES Cozumel charges an approximate of $2 U.S. per day marine park fee. TOURISM SEASONS The climate in Cozumel is hot and humid, but the humidity is not as drenching as it can be in some other places in Mexico. August through October is hurricane season in this part of the world - and the weather becomes more changeable and less predictable during these months. The rainy season is May through October. November through February is the high season in Cancun, and quite hot. Evenings can be cooler, so a wool pullover may be a useful item to pack with you during these months. VACCINATIONS No vaccinations or preventative medications are required for travel to Cozumel. However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician for a personal recommendation. WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS Water temperatures generally range between 78 – 82°F Most people find wearing a 1mm – 3mm wetsuit keeps them comfortable.

Below are just some of the activities and attractions that await you in the Cozumel. We will be happy to arrange any of these and more to complete your customized itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

ATLANTIS SUBMARINE:

Experience a spectacular adventure on a real submarine. The Atlantis, a real 48 passenger submarine, offers everybody a chance to experience why Cozumel is one of the top dive destinations in the world. Atlantis is one of the worlds most technologically advanced passenger submarines, trimmed, prepped and ready to take you into another world more than 100 ft. below the surface. Air-conditioned surroundings and large viewing ports allow you to relax and enjoy the wonders of the deep. The Atlantis brings you up close and personal with Chankanaab Reef, part of the world's second largest reef and the islands most famous attraction.

BONE FISHING:

Go for a different kind of game!! The Mexican Caribbean is a fisherman's paradise offering some of the most exciting fishing in the world. Bone fishing takes place in the flats around Cozumel, red snapper and grouper are the main game.

DOLPHIN EXPERIENCES:

Swim or scuba dive along with these amazing and very friendly creatures in their natural environment. These spectacular, social, warm blooded, air breathing mammals have been on the planet since 65 million years ago and have directly contributed in human lives. It has also been discovered that they experience many of the same emotions we do and are helping the scientific community at large.

In the crystal clear waters at Chankanaab National Park the dolphins give you the unique opportunity to closely see into their pleasant eyes, to see their smiling faces, to touch them and to interact with them. Listen to the sounds they make, let them pull you through the ocean or push you by your feet, or even leap over you! You will complete this adventure with the 'freestyle' portion of your swim. Certified divers can have their dreams come true, where at 23 feet deep, you will enter the world of the dolphin. You will have the chance to see the dolphin as you have never imagined. You will do the dolphin kiss, swim by, singing, barrel roll and cradle.

This program is truly a once in a lifetime experience!

SADDLE UP AND RIDE BACK IN TIME:

Ride back in time through the sacred land of the Maya, the oldest and most mysterious civilization in the world. You will be riding through the lush rain forest of Cozumel, listening to it's most amazing sounds and discovering Cozumel's hidden tropical savanna's. Look out for the birds and different animal species that may come your way.

You will visit El Cedral, Cozumel's oldest Mayan ruin. It's historical tradition dates back to the island's discovery on May 3rd, 1518 and re-population in 1847 due to the war of Casts taking place in the State of Yucatan. This site was long ago dedicated to both farm and marine activities. On your ride back be sure to take notice of the natural sounds and sights around you. In this natural paradise the Maya lived in harmony and this feeling of nature and man becoming one still lives on today.

SUB SEE EXPLORER:

Comfortably sail in a sub-ocean-view explorer. This popular underwater viewing craft allows you to enjoy the panoramic views of the underwater Caribbean. It has been especially designed to insure each passenger comfort and an incredible view during this enjoyable trip. Crystal clear panels allow you to see the natural treasures that dwell in this beautiful Caribbean Sea.

The adventure begins as you board the 'sub' and sit just four feet below the surface of the water and looking through crystal clear glass windows directly in front of you. The narrated trip will tell you about the spectacular shapes of coral formations that can be clearly seen. Lush growth of gorgonians surrounded by parrot-fish, starfish, sponges, anemones and other fascinating species. Let go of your imagination and become part of this mysterious underwater world.

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