Cozumel, Mexico is a bucket list destination for most divers, and with good reason. As if the warm water and up to 125 feet visibility wasn’t enough, you’ll be surrounded by history and culture.
When you’re not visiting one of the amazing dive sites, there are fairs, carnivals and Mayan ruins to explore. Add that to the cheap cost of food and beer (if you stay out of the tourist traps), and you’ve got a place that’s pretty close to perfect.
From May, loggerheads and green sea turtles come ashore and lay eggs too. About 60 days later their eggs will start to hatch, so between August and November there’ll be some baby turtles making their way to the ocean. If you check out Cozumel Insider, you can book to learn more and even help release them (100% of the profits go to conservation).
It was easy to decide where to choose as our first ever Dive Center of the Week. On Tripadvisor, Scubatony is the highest rated outdoor activity in Cozumel. If you read the reviews it’s easy to see why. With 988 reviews at the time of writing, it’s obviously a popular place. If you read through them, you’ll get an idea of how much these guys care about their guests.
I spoke with Adam Duffy, the owner of ScubaTony to ask him what sets them apart from other places.
“We only have 6 passengers max per boat so it’s a boutique diving experience. I know diving is expensive even if you are going with a budget dive operation but the $20 you save per trip out isn’t worth it if you’re diving with 20 other people”
Having less people in your group really does make a difference. You get more focus from the staff and it’s obviously much safer. Adam says how the company is willing to lose profit if it means keeping their customers happy.
ScubaTony offer 2 tank dives. On the first tank, they go to one of the sites in Palancar with coral formations, swim throughs and natural cathedrals. For the second tank, they go a bit shallower, where there’s plenty of marine life to see. For just $90 you get tanks, weights, marine park fees, taxes, fresh fruit, sodas, souvenir water bottles, bottled water, and a guide. Rental prices for any other gear you don’t have with you are $5 – 10 for each item. All rental gear is changed every 18 months so you know everything’s going to be quite new.
Right now, Adam’s favourite place to dive is Cedral Pass. With so many great choices it’s hard to choose and it will probably change next month.
ScubaTony also offer all the PADI courses you’d expect. Open water, discover open water for people new to diving and a referral course for those who’ve started learning at home.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started pricing up flights to Cozumel.
Find out more about ScubaTony on their website and Facebook.
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