Mexico – Cozumel

Scuba Club Cozumel was offering a 5 night dive special for $599 and we couldn’t resist. Our friends had already told us Cozumel is consistently good, akin to diving in an aquarium and we wanted to experience it for ourselves. But 5 days was way too short so we asked the dive center if they could accommodate two back to back specials for a 10 day dive trip and they happily agreed to our request. Frontier was offering budget flights from Orlando to Cancun, which meant we had to take the ADO bus to Playa del Carmen and a ferry over to Cozumel. This saved us hundred of dollars over flying directly into Cozumel so the extra hassle was worth it. Scuba Club Cozumel was created in 1976 as Cozumel’s first dive resort and it’s motto is “built by divers for divers”. It is unpretentious, simple and very efficient and we really liked the rustic Spanish colonial charm. Upon our arrival, we checked in and were given a quick rundown on when to take our COVID test for our return trip back to the US, how diving operations worked (the dive center is separate from the hotel), and how tips for the staff were designated. Breakfast and lunch were included in our rate, so we had to find dinner on our own which was fine by us. We quickly got settled into the routine of life at the Scuba club and loved it – eat, dive, repeat. Our divemaster, Geiser, was phenomenal and we were thrilled having him as our guide. Diving here was excellent with good boats, helpful crew, friendly fellow divers, great visibility, a strong current for an easy drift dive, and loads of marine life. Geiser found us not one but two short nose batfish, quite a feat considering how rare they are! Unlimited shore diving off the resort was included with our package and we were excited by the variety of life here – flying gurnards, an elusive eagle ray, octopus, squid, stonefish, stingrays, pufferfish, drum fish, and an underwater Mayan temple.  Overall we were thoroughly impressed with Cozumel and wouldn’t hesitate to return for another visit. Great diving at an affordable price just a short flight away – yes please!

Standing over 50 feet high, this bronze beachside sculpture greets visitors to Playa del Carmen Our first beautiful sunset in Cozumel Grilled grouper and chicken fajitas for dinner at Colores y Sabores Our divemaster Geiser swimming through a tunnel at Palancar Reef On our first dive, an eagle ray glided by! Hawksbill turtle munching on coral Blue-striped grunt Whitespotted filefish Our home for 10 days - Scuba Club Cozumel View of our walk from the hotel to downtown Cozumel Tourists are slowly returning to Cozumel but most bars were empty A Day of the Dead statue; Cozumel Street art Free samples of tequila offered to us daily in downtown Cozumel! Habanos cigar shop Becky at the Cozumel sign; Benito Juarez Park Plaza Central; Cozumel Souvenir shops in downtown Cozumel A bronze statue of swallows at the ferry dock Isla Cozumel without the cruise ships is a pleasant experience Nurse shark; Yucab Reef Hawksbill turtle Pretty soft coral Juvenile lionfish hiding in a purple vase sponge Gray angelfish Barracuda Becky on Reef Divers, our boat for the first few days Robby relaxing on a hammock in between dives View of Scuba Club Cozumel as we head out for our night dive Lobsters under a ledge; Paradise Reef Purple anemone next to a purple vase sponge A massive basket starfish uses its tendrils to feed at night Caribbean king crab feeding at night Octopus and a resting redtail parrotfish A sharpnose puffer trying to hide in an anemone Crabs are in hunting mode at night Octopus retreating to a crevice Morning view from the top deck of the dive boat as we get ready for another day of diving Juvenile blue hued fish in this pretty underwater scene Coney groupers Porcupinefish Grunts swimming past soft coral Honeycomb cowfish Cozumel street art Massive mural paying tribute to doctors and nurses at the Palacio Municipal de Cozumel Interesting SCUBA mural at the MEGA Supermarket No Name beach bar; Cozumel A massive mural of a man with a fish Wall of dolphins Our peaceful courtyard; Scuba Club Hawksbill turtle Bermuda chub French angelfish A queen angelfish keeps a green moray eel company A school of fish hiding under a ledge Queen triggerfish Spotted drumfish Becky at the underwater Mayan Temple Spiny box puffer Stonefish Lionfish Starfish Sharptail eel Cozumel toadfish Slipper lobster Iridescent squid Statue in a courtyard at Plaza del Sol Massive wall mural Taking a breather Trumpetfish Green razorfish Peacock flounder Flying gurnard Posing with Geiser, our amazing divemaster Robby showing off his "Huarache Azteca" meal Painted wooden bowls Colorful sombreros Rock beauty angelfish Whitespotted filefish Lizardfish Mantis shrimp Splendid toadfish - endemic to Cozumel Balloonfish Queen angelfish Scrawled filefish Green sea turtle Squirrelfish Fish hitching a ride from a stingray Squid Sponge brittle star Yellow stringray Stonefish Splendid toadfish Triggerfish about to hide in a crevice Smooth trunkfish SCUBA sculpture by the waterfront; Cozumel Colorful shipwreck Los Carnavaleros statue - carnival is huge in Cozumel! Fruit and vegetable display at Los Cinco Soles, one of the island's most popular souvenir shops Raccoon wall mural Taking the fast ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen Wearing a mask is mandatory on the ferry Playa del Carmen Steps leading to the Chapel of Our Lady of Carmen video lightboxby v6.1

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