Posted by jim on August 23, 2011 at 13:44:27:|
In Reply to: test posted by jim on August 23, 2011 at 13:19:23:
Scuba Club Cozumel, three weeks in August 2011.
Our plane landed at the airport on Cozumel Island and we passed through Mexican immigration before patiently waiting by the carrousel for our luggage. The clothing bags came off first, followed by Deborah's scuba gear bag…hmmm, where's my gear bag? We waited and we waited. A young man, who was loading the bags on the belt, pointed at one bag and shrugged his shoulders. I shook my head. No, it isn't mine. How about this one, he indicated. No, not that one either. Bad news – there were no more bags to unload. Somewhere between LAX and CZM, my gear bag was in luggage limbo. I spoke to Continental's representative and we filled out a "delayed" luggage form. It seems to me a "lost" luggage form would have been more appropriate. The agent assured me that my bag would be on the next flight from Houston and delivered to my hotel.
We joined our friends on the Colectivo bus (by the way, rates have increased 25% since our last visit!) and, a short ride later, checked in to Scuba Club. Sofia greeted us with, "Welcome home!" and things didn't seem so bad. Deborah did a shore dive to check out her equipment while I moped in the room. Later that afternoon, when my bag failed to show up, I called the airport, only to learn everyone had gone home for the day. Drat!
What to do? I was able to rent fins, BCD, and regulator from the dive shop at SCC, but they only had "shortie" wetsuits. So I walked across the street and bought a 3 mm suit to cover my cheap Irish skin. The rental fins were full-foot and I was afraid of rubbing blisters, so I would wear a pair of socks. I had enough equipment to get in the water. I assembled the camera and got everything ready for the next morning. Let's go diving!
Water temperature was 84 degrees F and visibility was approximately 100 feet.
© Bonnie Pelnar (used with permission).
Scuba Club Cozumel is our favorite resort. We have been returning to the island and staying with SCC for over twenty years. The hotel is a semi-all-inclusive (room, diving, food - drinks and tips are not included). We love the unlimited shore diving, being able to take a tank and go is a real plus. The staff is friendly and attentive. The food is wonderful. The accommodations are spacious, clean and full of ambience. They offer a "light" plan for people who would prefer to eat dinner in town. Free, wireless connection to the internet is available to those who need to check their email or the web. There are no telephones or televisions in the room (you can watch TV at home!). Eat, sleep, dive – it doesn't get any better than this.
Day one - Scuba II with Jesús, Deborah, Mel, Juanita, Chris and Walt.
Dalila Reef – very little current, sunny, warm, good visibility, great friends, lots of fish; it just doesn't get any better than this. On the other hand, I hated the rental fins – grumble, grumble. Jesús pointed out three turtles, we were buzzed by a pair of large permits, two nurse sharks were patient with the photographers and our bottom time passed all too quickly.
School of fish
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